At some point this year I set the goal of writing on my blog at least once a week. That is a difficult goal when balancing work and family, but writing is something I enjoy that allows me a creative outlet for my thoughts. Lately though, I have been to my blog, but feel like I have writers block. When this happens, instead of writing on my blog I will spend my free moments searching around on twitter, reading and sharing. I have a bit of an obsession with Twitter if you ask my husband. As I sit listening to the wind howling today, searching around on twitter I was thinking about what twitter has added to my professional and personal learning.
One year ago 3 of the teachers in my school had the opportunity to attend #educon conference in Philadelphia. It was exciting for us to be able to send them there because most teachers in our school division do not have the opportunity to attend big conferences such as this. They came back with many great ideas to share and prompted all of us to start using Twitter as part of our daily routine in the school, in our classes and in our professional lives. We spent time as a staff learning from them how to set up a twitter account and getting some suggestions as to who to follow. We set up a school Twitter account and starting sharing with our parents through Twitter. Each of our classrooms have a twitter account and many share classroom happenings on a daily basis. It has been a great communication and collaboration tool for our whole school.
These are the reasons why I use Twitter
- Twitter is the best professional development I have been involved in for a long time.
- It allows me to follow my interests, passions and interact with people similar to me.
- It allows me to share my ideas.
- It helps me answer questions.
- On a daily basis I am able to find ideas and links that help me be a better teacher and administrator