So two weeks after signing up for Twitter, here are my thoughts.
- Fantastic for procrastination from marking.
- Superb for expanding my PLN.
- Amazing for links to interesting, relevant, current and thought-provoking blog posts and articles on education.
I read this post about the different types of Twitterer. I haven’t been using it long enough yet to decide which category I fall into, but I know that I am following mainly #1’s and #2’s. I have managed to resist facebook and myspace thus far, saying that I don’t want someone I vaguely remember from primary school, or summer camp, to come knocking on my door, and that I am still in touch with the people I still want to be in touch with. But Twitter is different. I have connected with other professionals in education, in international schools and in the US, Australia, NZ (mainly – it seems UK teachers have not caught on yet). I can see what they are reading, and ask them questions, and enter into dialogue, all with people I would never have discovered otherwise – at least not without a considerable amount of internet searching. So I have revised my opinion about this phenomenon (I am allowed. I am female.) and will continue to tap into it as a professional resource. I will, however, also resist the urge to become and/or follow any of the twitterers that tell me they are about to board a plane to Bali, have just ordered a tall latte in Starbucks, or are turning in for the night. Perhaps this youtube video says it best 🙂