Friday, June 28, 2013
Look what I had for supper!
Doesn't that look delicious? #whocares
When I first signed up for a Twitter account, I had no idea how I would use it. But I was quite sure I didn't want to update my friends on my meals. Especially since they often look more like this:
Surely there are other great ways to use Twitter. For example, there was this from @Kelsey_RaaRaa on April 7, 2013 "My allergies are about to kill me Thanks Obama" (????? how is this Obama's fault?) And don't forget the multitude of messages about celebrity sightings, marriages, hookups, and fertility...
Like many who investigate Twitter, I gave up.
But this Twitter thing just isn't going away.
It was at a conference that I began to realize the power of Professional Twitter. I could follow the Tweets from the people who were attending the two interesting sessions being held at the same time as the one I chose. Likewise, they could pick up what was going on in my session if I Tweet. I could pick up on the buzz about upcoming sessions. I could access resources, because in Professional Twitter, many tweets contain links to cool stuff. I could follow on Twitter the teacher mentor rock stars I came to the conference to hear! The "conference" would be longer lasting if I continued to follow the interesting people, famous or not, who I came across at the conference.
So I am thinking about why teachers should use Twitter. Using Twitter is a primary way to build a professional learning network. It's not that hard to get started. Just follow a few professionals at first. Know that NO ONE reads every tweet from the people they follow, so manage the ambiguity and don't make yourself crazy trying to do Twitter perfectly.
Find a clear guidebook to help you. Join a weekly chat. Manage your account with an easy dashboard.
When you are ready, jump in and put out your first Tweet. You'll get better as you go.
I am @Curricmet, and once you get your account, let me know so I can follow you!