This Thing Called Twitter…
January 25, 2011
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So … for a long time I thought twitter sounded like the most ridiculous thing in the world. Who cares that I had soup for dinner? In everything I had heard about the website, not once did using it for professional development enter the mind. However, as I explore and reflect on my own practice and my ideas about professional development, I keep running into references to twitter. My classroom is largely (not entirely, but significantly) structured around social constructivist and socio-cultural theories of learning. If I believed that individuals learn best from peers and mentors who can equip them with the social cognitive tools they need in a personal context, shouldn’t I apply a similar perspective to my own learning? Isn’t that why I pound out my ideas here on occasion (and hopefully with growing frequency) and frequent the English Companion Ning? To grow my practice along with a sense of community?
The most recent two pushes encouraging me to join the micro-blogging site was an EdWeek article by Michelle Davis, Social Networking Goes to School, and blog post on one of my regular reads, Free Technology for Teachers. You can find the twitter specific post here.
Do you use Twitter for part of your personal learning network? How do you put it to good use? Any advice for a newbie like me?
I feel kind of like I’m feeling a “Check Yes or No” letter across cyberspace … but we can follow each other if you want.
I promise to never tell you what I ate for breakfast. I am: TeacherNextDoor.