Thanks so much Cheryl. I have students diagnosed Asperger (and most likely many more not diagnosed but are) and they are amazing-active online so that definitely helps. Making that an active challenge during class time is an excellent idea. I already required them to create Twitter (and GitHub and blog) accounts so just need to train them to use our class hashtag.
Despite a long hour and 15 minutes of me talking about administrative stuff I also let them know about me, my style, my ideas behind the way I run class and so on. So hopefully not too dry.
The good news is we are only 1 class in (2 classes per week for each of the 4 sections) and I have 49/90 students already registered with their Blog/Twitter/GitHub. Not too bad for early #engagement.