With this week's assignment of becoming a Twitter user, I was scarred. I did not use Twitter. I may have had an account but I could have counted on one hand how many times I actually used it. Once and awhile, a Google search would take me to Twitter and I became lost. It was like walking through a dark forest of retweets and hashtags that just did not make any sense to me.
After being forced to become an active user in this new world I actually am liking it for the time being. Like I said before, I did not use it before. Seeing my new "followers" which are all of my classmates, and how they utilize their "tweets" is amazing. I have enjoyed seeing some great conversations and retweets happening.
Reflecting on my frustrations, my school district does not allow access to twitter. com through the network. They do not allow teachers to use it as a means of communication like other districts do. Maybe we are afraid of what could happen. I cannot even use blogger.com while connected to the school's internet. I am happy to see other teachers using it though. It has really opened my eyes to the great possibilities of creating a strong professional learning network and adding another means of communication between students and parents. So many students use Twitter on a daily basis, why shouldn't we utilize this? With any new technology comes responsibility. I will ask my principal her opinion on the topic and see what she says!
I have had some fun "following" my fellow students from class. Adding #EDIM510 to my tweets is cool. I have already starting following a few great users that share some very useful and informative information. The speed of communication and ease of it makes me happy. I'm really looking forward to what is to come.
Follow me - @williamspinn ;)