For all you hear about Twitter being just for celebrities and kids tweeting what they are eating, what they are wearing, who they are seeing...I offer this...MAKE IT YOUR OWN!
You don't have to follow everyone from your favorite TV show, sports figure, talking head, former student, favorite candy, Tech Coordinator (well maybe this one you could make an exception)...you can but no one's making you but yourself. If you don't mind sorting through the meaningless posts to find the perfect quote/idea/lesson then follow as many as you like. When they become mass marketers and bombard you with more tweets than humanly possible in an hour unfollow them. Simple as hanging up the phone on a telemarketer. MAKE IT YOUR OWN!
If you are a lifelong learner hoping to be part of molding more lifelong learners, Twitter should become one of your go-to learning resources. Need a quick burst of inspiration to make it through the day? Open Twitter and several tweets are there for you. How is your National Science Fair student doing at his/her latest competition? Tomorrow's lifelong learner is already connected (click link on student to see). Wondering what others in your area of study are doing/trying/failing(if you think this is a bad thing you're reading the wrong blog)? Find a Twitter #hashtag and open your eyes to the globally connected world we have to be connected to. If we aren't, how can we expect our students to be?
Several amazing people have created resources and lists of #hashtags including this one containing weekly Twitter Chats about issues in education. Find one and MAKE IT YOUR OWN!
UPDATED after (you guessed it) a Tweet from today:
The Academic Benefits of Twitter
Here's the 6 Degrees of Separation (which is down to 4.67 on Twitter) on how it found me (no hide and seek it just showed up)
@doccarpenter (we have a mutual following relationship) Retweeted a Tweet by @POUSDSupt (I have no clue who this is) who was ReTweeting a Tweet by @ELSCOE of an article written by Carole McGranahan (again never heard of her before this)
Grab your morning coffee/protein shake/OJ/Moo Juice and follow #satchat or #sunchat...Be a Lurker, Be a Contributor, Be blown away at the pace of information flowing (this is how tomorrow's learners process info..like it or hate it it's how they do), Be connected with the other people posting info, Grow Your PLN...MAKE IT YOUR OWN!
On my reading list is:
Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess @burgessdave
Which has it's own hashtag following: #tlap
and reminds me of one of my favorite sayings "Know the World...Steal the Best"
Have a wonderful weekend and don't be afraid to venture out into the Twitterverse...if making connections with your in your classroom is a priority (and it should be) then model it and start making connections with peers throughout the world!
Post name Updates:
7:45 - PD without a Budget
8:00 - Twitter: Replacing your morning paper
8:15 - Deleting this post no time to write it right
8:30 - Twitter: Make It Your Own
8:45 - Make It Your Own...Twitter for PD