Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tweets for Education?

I thought Twitter was dumb.  I didn't get the point.  I'm not that important that anyone cares what I'm doing at any given moment.  Plus, I don't really care what anyone else in the world is doing at any given moment.  The microblogging phemonenon was a fad and had no place for me, or in education.

Or so I thought.  Over the last few months, I've been turned on to Twitter's abililty to serve as an additional resource for me.  I've been able to network with fellow educators and instructional technology specialists who have shared ideas with me, in 140 characters or less, that I otherwise might not have come across.

Now, don't get me wrong; its not an addiction for me--at least not yet.  But I am seeing the powerful tool it can become for educators worldwide.  I think it is slowly starting to become my PLN of choice.  And because there are numerous Twitter apps for the iPhone, it keeps me linked to my network when I'm not at a computer.

I do feel that I'm still somewhat of a novice at using Twitter, and I probably still lurk more than I tweet, but I see the power it holds for us in instruction.  That being said, I've add a Twitter Update widget on this blog so that, if you haven't been turned on to Twitter yet, you might be inspired to follow me for a bit and see what wonderful resources you can gleen from my growing network.  Its not a large network, but I'm getting plenty of professional resources and ideas out of it!