Last November I became a member of a network that changed my whole life. If that sounds huge, that’s because it was! I was at a Simplifying Response to Intervention conference when it all started. The keynote speaker kept say the “T-word” and to “follow-us” time and time again. So, right then and there, I created my account. TeacherCoach @mandyvasek I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just explored at first. The first educational gem I found was Crista Anderson @cristama. She is amazing!!! If you haven’t followed her yet, YOU MUST! Then I found others like Erin Klein and Larry Ferlazzo. Since then, I have been hooked! I would consider myself a Twitter Junkie since I am on it almost 24/7. The knowledge I have gained from Twitter would have costed me thousands of dollars at a university. Not to mention, I feel like I have a new family…a PLN family. I would love to meet f2f with many of them someday. Maybe at the ASCD conference in the fall??? Can’t wait #soexcited!
For those educators out there everywhere, you are losing out if you are not on Twitter. In late April, I started a district Twitter site called MidwayIdeas @MidwayIdea. My goal is to get 100% participation on Twitter from our class 5A district. I know it is a hefty goal, but I am striving for that. I believe Twitter has too much to offer for me not be diligent about increasing our followers. I would love to get enough Tweeters to start my own moderated chat experience within my district. Since our district is striving to create PLCs on every campus, I think that topic would be an ideal one for our first chat.
For those of you Tweeter Leaders out there, doing a Twitter 101 class for your school or district is a great way to hook some of those reluctant educators who just don’t like technology. Once they see the value in Twitter, they’ll be Twitter Junkies, too. I read an article today, which I am attaching to this blog post, about effective meetings. This author suggested having teachers spend a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting reading Twitter posts and articles. What a cool idea! Can you imagine sitting around the table discussing the very ideas you just found on Twitter??? Not a better PD in my book! Happy Tweeting!