Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Twitter Teacher

     Yesterday my colleague and friend, Ronda, shared with me how to set up a Tweet Deck.  I have had a Twitter account for some time, but in the midst of everything going on at home and school, I haven't done a whole lot with it.  Having the time to explore and figure out what I needed to do to make it useful to me wasn't in the plan--until yesterday.  Ronda, who is one of the smartest people I know, uses Twitter on a daily basis to learn what's going on around the country about a myriad of educational issues.
      Not only did she help me set up my Tweet Deck, but she shared some of her favorite hashtags (I didn't have a clue what those really were either until yesterday afternoon), some of the people that she follows whose tweets and retweets she found interesting, and generally guided me through how she uses it for her own professional development as an educator.
     I am so thankful to have professionals like Ronda and the folks here at TWT!  They guide me and direct me in my growth as a teacher/writer.  Staying on top of all the changes coming our way with Common Core helps broaden my knowledge base about the standards and lessens the fear of an (at times) overwhelmed classroom teacher. Twitter is another resource to help me feel like I'm up to speed on what's expected of me as a teacher and what's expected of my students in the near future.   I need the head's up!

P.S.  I'm following quite a few of the slicing community on Twitter!

6 comments:

  1. I really need to do this! I have an account and I am following people but I feel weird about tweeting. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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    1. Diana, it really helped to have someone who has been using it for a while help me get familiar with it. I have only gotten my toe wet so far. I've tweeted 3 times. I'm going to get the hang of it though! Good luck with getting more comfortable with it.

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  2. Yeah! I always love to hear about a Twitter convert. It is seriously my TOP form of professional development.
    Ruth

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    1. I've got to admit I'm a professional development nerd so I'm really excited about getting involved on Twitter!

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  3. Mine too--Twitter is great professional development! Don't feel weird about tweeting. Just start!

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  4. I'm working on it! I'll get better with practice, just like with my writing. :)

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