It’s difficult to even remember which thoughts and justifications for using Twitter that I’ve read from others, which ones I’ve formulated myself and which ones are a combination of both, so I will apologize in advance if you feel that I’ve borrowed one of your ideas and not acknowledged you.
•Twitter definitely allows me to multitask… a requirement for any educator!
I sit here writing this blog, watching two six-year olds draw on the window of my house (with washable felts I hope) and tweeting with my good friend George Couros to help me find a website that will help me create a cartoon.
• Twitter has the potential to provide professional learning on any topic at anytime!
I’ve recently been reading several blogs (all of which I have accessed through Twitter) that discuss everything from Why Teachers Should Blog to why Twitter is a great means of professional learning to the value of home schooling in Idaho! Twitter has provided me with professional development that I could not get elsewhere.
Gone are the one day, quit hitter PD sessions where you go in to listen to the “sage on the stage”. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Teacher’s Convention, I enjoy listening to keynote speakers who motivate and educate me, and there are some speakers who I will only be able to access in a large group, lecture style environment but these methods can no longer be our sole source of professional development.
One of the best professional development opportunities that I have accessed for myself and my staff was math professional development with Trevor Caulkins. Trevor worked with our staff and students in our school. While this was a great learning opportunity for all, with limited resources such as time and money, as well as the fact that not all teachers require support with the same topic, even this format is not always a practical way to provide professional development.
• Twitter is on demand professional learning.
As educators, we know that professional development ideally would be available to you at your work site, it is timely, ongoing, on a relevant topic etc. Twitter provides all of these. You can access everything from brief quotes and ideas to articles and research through various groups on Twitter. You choose where and when to access Twitter, you choose what you want to research and learn about.
• Twitter allows me to share my knowledge.
Twitter allows me to comment to others where I feel I have knowledge and background if they’ve posed a question. It allows me to follow the answers to these questions which I hadn’t even asked but have interest in and further develop my understanding of topics.
Okay… there it is… George has found the answer to my cartoon question through his twitter network! Time to sign off and try it out.
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