I've just been reading 12 Most Unexpected Ways Twitter Changed My Life and wondered, if you could do PL (professional learning) and PD (professional development) in your PJ's, what would be your 3 tops reasons for using Twitter?
1. short - reponses limited to 144 characters ensures the learning is waffle free and easy to digest.
2. sifted - twitter feeds allow me to choose who I want to hear and tailor my twitterstream to my needs / wants.
3. anytime - even in the dead of night (and which teacher doesn't wake up with their best ideas then??) there is something to read, enjoy, share and think on.
I like Catriona's comment so will add three different reasons:
1. Immediate - I'm getting PD hot off the press rather than waiting for the publishing process, the mail, the principal to read it first...news too, often hits Twitter first
2. I can interact with the writer even if pre Twitter they were an "untouchable". Love that I was able to correct TVOne news in an ad break, respond to experts in England...
3. Anywhere, anytime...no more sitting in queues with nothing to do!
Everything said is so true so far (especially the PD in PJs part )
1. #hashtags - get us to the point/theme of what we want to know/learn
2. Don't have to listen to boring/irrelevant waffle/people (I hate to say that one, but unfortunately it has been very true in my experience)
3. On-time - get answers/PD when I need it, not when others think it would be good to talk about it.
Agree with all those below
My Twitter name is @howen
Great ideas here. I also loved this quote, "Why not take advantage of free professional development and networking? Can't get to workshops/conferences? Then build a network in Twitter - its FREE?
I wonder if we can get this discussion flowing at the same time in Twitter? @tessagray
I love twitter, for many of the same reasons as others, for me it's primarily because i) I get exposed to a vast range of thinking and knowledge of events that I would otherwise struggle to access to ii) it allows me to build my prof networks iii) it means i do not need to bother with mainstream media - unless the mood takes me - it is pretty much my window on the world(s) @ednz
Global - learning, sharing and networking with the world
'Just in Time' learning - when and where I want it in the comfort of my PJ's
Opens my mind to the world outside of education - and not just by following the All Blacks
Love the whole concept of enticing teachers into PD by using the PDinPJ's approach - there is a WHOLE WIDE WORLD awaiting.....