What do you call an old person who uses Twitter? A Tweezer! OK, so it was funnier when it was said in a room full of Twitter techies at the 2011 Ohio E-Tech conference. This particular conference presentation was guided by Twitter experts Chris Carmen and Nikki Marchmon.
I was introduced to Twitter a few years ago. At first, I just lurked about trying to see what this tool was all about. One hears tales about Twitter; how it is just people saying whatever pops into their head in 140 characters. Meaningless fluff sort of stuff. Well, I had to see for myself, and what I found was a gold mine.
What I found were educators from all over the world collaborating and lending support to each other. They were asking questions and finding answers. They were sharing ideas and concerns. They supported one another in times of frustration and in times of celebration. I’m grateful for the connections I’ve made through Twitter; Shannon Miller, Jabiz Raisdana, and hundreds of other educators who are passionate about educational technology. Through them I’ve learned about new technologies and how they are used with our students. Twitter has been a fantastic professional development tool.
I believe that no matter what the technology, there has to be a way that educators can incorporate them in the classroom in meaningful ways. Here is a list of some sites that show how some people are using Twitter as a teaching tool. I’ll be adding more to my Livebinder as I find them.