I’m looking forward to seeing everyone as we head back to school soon with meetings. This summer I haven’t had as big of a disconnect with my peers as some summers though.
Twitter has kept my wheels spinning and my Professional Learning Network growing. I don’t feel worn out by it either. Far from it! I’ve been using an Easy Button! I’ve gained an energy (one that has come from my summer schedule as I’ve allowed it) from intriguing, interesting, and innovative ideas from quality Twitter educator connections. It’s been easy and fun, and that’s the Real Deal!
One question that came up in a #edchat was how to get others involved in this network of education resources and expertise. I’m all for encouraging these quality connections. It fits all teachers, no matter your specialty, field, grade level, or location around the world!
Where to start? Get your Easy Button ready!
- Join the Twitter community (Easy – http://www.twitter.com)
- Follow teachers at your school (Easy – type their name or twitter handle in the search bar, tap, and “follow”)
- Ask for recommendations or look to see who those you know are following. (Easy – Follow them too, if you like!)
- Check out some hashtags or Twitter handles by tapping on one in a post (Easy!) or peruse the Education Chat Schedule (Easy again!) http://www.cybraryman.com (click Educators, then Chats Schedule) and join that conversation. You’ll be amazed at the rapid-fire participation! (No actual participation required, but you’ll want to jump in with a comment before long…. take that risk!)
Something to keep in mind about Twitter is that it doesn’t matter how many followers you have, but rather, it belongs solely to you – whom do you choose to follow and for what reasons? Following educators on Twitter keeps it professional and becomes a PLN on fire!
Maybe your school will try a “You Pick 2” or a “Twitter Talk” format for monthly or grade level meetings. Bring 2 Twitter connections to share, how they’ve extended your learning, and how you may carry it forward to the classroom. Believe me, this will be a BREEZE once you’re on Twitter for minimal time!
Press the easy button, for some encouragement, ideas, and feedback on topics of interest. It doesn’t replace your own school network and community of course, but the variety and views I see are like sparks. The results are a fireworks display of positive energy for our students!