Teacher on Twitter
Connecting with people who share the same passions affirms that you’re not alone; that there are others like you and that, while many might not understand your passion, some do.
Sir Ken Robinson The Element
I took a decision last summer to blog and actively use social media. My main reason for this was to explore its potential and show that actually social media can be used in a positive way. I have also taken inspiration for variety of educationalist’s who regularly tweet and blog on their experiences, they are as follows:
I honestly have not looked back since and it has become an integral part of teaching and professional development. I often get asked and comments made about twitter, I don’t see how have time to tweet or don’t really get the point. My tweets are about my role, teaching, learning and my own development. I also like to retweet interesting articles, information and quotes.
Knowledge is readily available on the Internet from a variety of different sources for students. The key to learning in my experience is collaboration and information sharing. There are teachers on twitter who are doing the same role who may have different experiences or similiar experiences.
I have found twitter/blogging (although I do need to blog more!) a great sources of information, inspiration, creativity and innovation. Twitter is a great way of connecting with people, finding out new information, generating ideas and developing projects. It is an investment of time, energy and effort but is it well worth. In the classroom of the future and the here and now can teachers afford not to tweet? I suppose it depends on your outlook, a classroom can literally be a classroom or it could be a global classroom with endless possibilities.
Every journey requires a first step, you won’t regret it. What are you waiting for? Get tweeting!