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Twitter for Teachers – It’s Not About the Numbers

One day in 2009 my husband asked me to join Twitter in order to promote his music project. Little did I know on that day in December, that this social media medium would breathe new life into my educational practices. Lucky me!

During my initial foray into this fast, furious and free world of information sharing, he and I talked a great deal about ways to become active online. One of the many things that we discussed were “the numbers”:

  1. The number of followers;
  2. The number following;
  3. The number of updates;
  4. The number of retweets & modified tweets;
  5. The number of mentions;
  6. Klout scores;
  7. Views
  8. Etc.

& herein comes my “thought” for the day:

The more I play and learn on Twitter, the more magically meaningless these numbers become … & for teachers, it’s not about the numbers.  I truly believe that this is one of the many magnificent things that makes our teacher presence online different from some others – it’s really not about the numbers …. It’s really about the kids after all.

The number of followers that teachers have, their Klout scores, etc. become increasingly irrelevant and uninteresting as time marches on.

If we are learning and sharing; if we are inspired and inspirational; if we are connected and connecting; if we come across cool things and are spreading the wealth … well, that’s all that matters …

Cheers,
Ally

The Dynamic Duo – My Social Media PD Superheroes

The Dynamic Duo – My Social Media PD Superheroes
Part I – Twitter
(Part II – http://pinterest.com)

With regard to professional and personal development I am always looking for the practical, the applicable, the relevant, the personal, the inspirational, the progressive.

& so … I addition to all of the wonderful teachers that I have met on my journey as an educator, there is no more of a Dynamic Duo for me today than Twitter & Pinterest. They are my PD Superheroes

These Superheroes make me feel welcome within a community of learners who inspire me to be a better teacher … they make me want to look at what I do every day in new ways. These two social media superheroes show me what’s possible, point me in new directions and make me want to do better – they show me what’s possible, doable, workable, valuable. They are organic, flexible and progressive. They are always growing, changing, and moving forward.

For today’s post: I will focus on Twitter.
To that end I have decided to share why I love Twitter below (alphabetically speaking).
* & If you aren’t already on Twitter I encourage you to take some time to play with it …. to see what’s really out there and available to you for free, 24-7.

Cheers,
Ally


Why I love Twitter Alphabetically Speaking:

Answering questions – Twitter gives me that opportunity to share ideas and things that have inspired me and worked for me – I love giving back.

Asking questions – Twitter is like a crystal ball: Once I post a question, suggestions, answers & opinions come flooding in from all over the globe.

Blogs – I have come across & bookmarked so many amazing blogs.

Brief – ther very nature of Twitter necessitates that questions & responses are short and sweet – we are forced to get to the point 😉

Building relationships – I have met so many amazing individuals through Twitter – I truly value these relationships – I laugh & learn every day.

Conferences – I have found out about and followed (mostly using hashtags) so many amazing conferences world-wide.

Easy – I love how easy it is to find and manage what I am looking for or want to share.

Fast

Free – Need I say more? 😉

Flattening walls – Twitter is an international, global community. It knows no bounds 😉

Hashtags – These are a great way to follow a community.

Information – It’s limitless.

Instant feedback / real time – … because time is of the essence.

Learning Curve – My learning curve is now ridiculous and I love it!

PD – Twitter is my first choice for PD.

PLN – I love my PLN!!!!!

Sharing – It’s all out there for me to grab: links, ideas, sites, pictures, courses, etc.

Webinars – I have found, attended and learned from so many amazing Webinars
as suggested by my PLN.

Websites – I have found, bookmarked and learned from so many amazing Blogs as suggested by my PLN.
5 Twitter Notes:

Characters – Twitter only allows 140 characters per post

Dictionary – Not sure what’s being said? Try these Twitter dictionaries: http://bit.ly/iBmGa & http://bit.ly/iBmGa

Hashtags – Use hashtags to find groups/people to follow, learn from, be inspired by and share with.

Numbers – Don’t pay attention to the numbers – it doesn’t matter how many people you follow or how many people are following you; it’s all about the experience, and what you want to get from it.

Purpose – In the beginning it’s a good idea to determine why you are on Twitter and focus … you can always expand later 😉

URLs – use Bit.ly (for example) to shorten URLs

P.S. Another wonderful Twitter-based outcome is that sharing and learning so much also helps to make me feel good about what’s already taking place in my classroom … and this can be quite empowering.
You see what I have experienced first hand is that feeling good about my current role in the classroom makes me feel good about me, which in turn empowers me. It gives me the confidence to move forward, ask questions, take risks, play with ideas and try new things. I really do want to grow and learn … to become even better.
(This doesn’t mean of course that I don’t have many moments of insecurity & doubt … I am only human after all 😉