I know, the title alone is enough to possibly scare you off, but bear with me on this one and don’t stop reading because you saw the dreaded ‘T’ word in the title of the post. Many people reading this post might be scared to dip their toe into the Twitter pond, but I assure you it is not nearly as frightening as you have made it out to be in your mind. Before I go any further, it is important to note that there is a completely different side to Twitter than celebrity posts and athletes trash talking one another; a side that brings educators from all over the country and the world together into a global network of professionals.
The question that I often get from teachers in regards to Twitter is, “Why should I use it?” This is a simple, yet great question, unfortunately the answer to this question is not nearly as simple. The video below (quite long at 22 minutes) begins with the reason, the factory model of school no longer meets the needs of society.
Personalization is trending considerably in the education community. This process, however, requires considerable training. Professional development, in the way that it has been run for many years, instructs in a way that the video notes is outdated. The reality is that PD does not reach the needs of many of the teachers taking the course since everybody starts from a different point.
Enter Twitter and personalized Professional Learning Networks (PLN’s). By joining Twitter and following other dedicated individuals with similar needs and interests, a pool of knowledge and innovation can be created with a collective intelligence must greater than any one individual.
The problem of getting started on Twitter still persists however. Linked below is a great Google Doc that has been put by Janet Neyer (@JanetNeyer), a Michigan teacher that I have connected with on Twitter. The doc introduces Twitter as a tool and prepares a teacher for breaking into the social media giant for the purposes of PD.
There is a great wealth of expertise, innovation, ideas, and resources out there. Finding those resources is a time-intensive process and knowing where to look is essential for continued success. By using Twitter, teachers can maximize their time and effort in finding the type of professional development that they need.
Let’s have a discussion, leave your comments below.
Questions for Discussion:
- What is preventing you from using Twitter?
- How do you find resources right now?
- What are your general thoughts on the articles and post?