For my EC &I 831 class we were required to develop a professional learning network (PLN).
During another class I had a classmate and colleague tell our class that we needed to get on Twitter. I didn’t know why we needed to and I didn’t know what was so important. I signed up for Twitter and found that I “wasted” time and on it. I didn’t have a purpose as to why or what I was doing. I followed a few people and found a few interesting things but then I lost interest. Another colleague of mine confirmed that Twitter was a time waster so why should we bother. A person who I admire and who holds a position of power tweeted this:
Well there I had it. I shouldn’t be on Twitter. I have young kids at home. How dare I waste my time!
I am thankful that I had the chance to start using Twitter this term and I can now see why it is so important. I have such a fabulous PLN that I can get information from. They can answer my questions, encourage me, share their learning and so much more. Who knew such a large and supportive PLN was right at my fingertips? There are people who share the same passions that I do. I get so many ideas and I am inspired. I am connected with educators from all over the world. No longer trying to make connections with only people at my school or division. I have found new and exciting people to collaborate with and I will continue to network. My PLN has grown and will continue to grow over time.
Telling staff to only tweet once or twice a day is like telling them to only read a paragraph of a page in a professional development book. Tweeting is professional development anywhere, anytime. Embrace it and tweet!