I’ve made this claim before, and I’ve written in this blog about how great Twitter is at building Personal Learning Communities that stretch beyond the walls of your school. While some in the MPS teaching community have gotten on-board and started using Twitter to connect to other educators’ ideas, most have not. One reason for this is obvious: time. The whirlwind pace of the typical school day makes it difficult to squeeze in a healthy lunch and bathroom breaks, let alone search for inspiring instructional ideas on the Web. Other reasons teachers have been slow to get on Twitter include the misconception that it’s just a repository for jokes or mindless drivel about what people had for lunch, or more generally, a lack of know-how or a compelling example of how it can benefit them.
For some compelling examples, read this article by educator/author Mark Barnes. Then watch his simple how-to video on some of the basics for how you, as an educator, can harness the power of Twitter….
Once you’re all set with your Twitter account, you’ll be able to curate only the content that matters to you. And while it’s nice to contribute ideas to the Twitterverse from time to time, it’s certainly not necessary. You can simply read what comes into your Twitter feed. You can participate in a live Twitter chat, or just follow the stream and learn from others’ insights.
Speaking of live Twitter chats, I (@MadisonITS) will be live tweeting next week’s Meet the Author book talk in the Hammonasette Room and our guest speaker, Allison Zmuda (@compclass) will be encouraging others who attend to do the same as she discusses her book Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning. All you have to do to join or follow the discussion is log in to Twitter next Monday at 7:00 pm and search the hashtag #kidsandlearning.
Hope to see you there…in person, or on Twitter!
Addendum: If you’re interested in checking out some regularly occuring live weekly Twitter chats specific to your interests or subject area, click here for an extensive list containing meeting times and hashtags. Thanks to Paul Coppola for passing this on.