Category Archives: Twitter
What I write in this post is not original; it is a reminder. Banning Facebook in school is not a solution to anything. If you think banning it will make it go away, you are mistaken. Students are using Facebook, blindly. They are building their online presence, now! Why are we not teaching them to be responsible digital citizens?
Is Twitter and blogging all about narcissism? I came across a couple of “regular” blogs today that were not Read the rest of this entry
I can’t make you tweet, nor should I. I can’t make you share your thoughts, nor should I. I can’t make you share resources, nor should I. I can, however, share with you. I can show you how I learn from my amazing PLN that is Twitter. That’s all I can do. It’s your move now. What will you do? What are you waiting for?
Pre-twitter: I felt isolated because at times no peer could relate to specific teaching issues.
With Twitter I find people with similar teaching issues. I feel isolated no more.
Pre-Twitter: I might be the only one with a specific mind-set on an issue.
With Twitter I seek out those with a similar mind-set.
Pre-Twitter: My educational relationships were built within the building I worked.
With Twitter I build relationships not only within my building but with educators worldwide.
Pre-Twitter: At times I found it difficult to find answers to specific questions.
With Twitter I can ask and have several answers almost immediately.
Pre-Twitter: My PD was done on specific days of the year.
With Twitter PD happens daily.
Pre-Twitter: My education mind-set was slow to change.
With Twitter my thinking is challenged and pushed constantly. (Thanks to Jabiz Raisdana @intrepidteacher and Justin Stortz@newfirewithin for pointing this out.)
@tomwhitby: People need to understand that education and learning may be a common experience but that doesn’t make everyone an expert. #edchat
@stumpteacher: We need to stop looking for THE “fix” and fix our own classrooms and schools. Learn from each other and Just Do It.#edchat
@stumpteacher:”Students will be motivated by learning if the activities are relevant, active, and collaborative.” #edchat
@joe_bower: Most people’s default is 2 defer 2 authority; in other words, admin need to go out of their way 2 nourish sharing & collaboration.
@JoAnnJ68: Student success also involves student choice. Parents & teachers need to allow this to happen #edchat
@mrlucero82: There is a danger in the affability and ease of efficiency that stifles creativity. The word “worksheet” comes to mind.
@sahlinvic: #catca we need to recognize that all children are different and we need to cultivate their creativity and talent! #sirken
@dmeharris: Do students have the opportunity to discover what they are good at and what they love? #catca #sirken
@d_martin05: We need to start asking students where their passions lie and build our lessons around that #edchat #sirken
I have been thinking a lot lately about my use of Twitter. I think about the things that I tweet, resources I share and receive, and discussions I have had. My question is this: When I tweet about things like better ways to use technology in class, or better ways to engage students, am I just making noise? Or am I using those things in the class to become a better teacher for my students?
It becomes overwhelming at times the amount of information that can be found on Twitter. It is easy to tweet and forget. It is easy to share a link and not look at it again. It is easy to have a worthwhile conversation about education and not use what you learned it in your classroom. It is easy.
Is it easy for you? How do you use Twitter? Are you using Twitter to become a better teacher? Or are you just making a lot of noise?
As some of you may know, I live in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. If you do not know where that is, you can get a geographic idea here. As you can see, I am geographically isolated. I live in a fly in community and have lived in Nunavut for the past 12 years. However, despite my isolation, I was able to connect with great educators when I discovered Twitter.
I have used Twitter since the fall of 2008. Actually I joined in the fall of ’08 but did not really start tweeting until early in 2009. That is a common experience with Twitter users. People join and then go away for a few months, try it again and then, Bam!, a light goes on in their heads and they “get it.” They say, “Ahh, this is how I can use this.”
I had my “get it” moment around February of ’09. I discovered that despite the fact that I live in Northern Canada, I could connect with educators all over the world. Indeed, no matter where you live Twitter gives you the opportunity to connect with people that you never would have met otherwise.
Through the power of Twitter I have been able to meet some intelligent, kind, and caring educators. I would like to introduce you to a few people that I met over the past 2 years on Twitter that are definitely worth the follow.
In no particular order:
Tom Whitby: @tomwhitby Tom is an Adjunct Professor of Education at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is also the creator of the Educator’s PLN site. http://edupln.ning.com/ Tom’s tweets are thought provoking and he taught me that it is not how much you tweet, but the value of your tweet.
Shelly S.Terrell @ShellTerrell Currently, Shelly is teaching English to children, teens, and adult students in Germany and works as an online technology and English instructor. She also writes the influential blog Teacher Reboot Camp. Shelly’s tweets are always informative and she is generous with her response to you even though she has 9,300 followers. Moreover, she is a very positive person.
Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo Larry teaches Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Larry is the most prolific tweeter in my PLN. His tweets are loaded with resources. I retweet Larry often and have learned a lot from him.
Joe Bower @joe_bower Joe is a
George is a K-12 Principal in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, who wants to help and inspire others to find their passion.
don’t let your geographic location limit your connections.