This week there were three interesting articles The Innovative Educator Daily Newspaper that did a great job of summarizing my thoughts on the topic.
1- Twitter is the back fence you share with your neighbor
I just love Scott McLeod's analogy in his post, "If you were on Twitter"! The post is a great read where McLeod shares his typical learnings from a day on Twitter and goes on to explain that Twitter is the back fence you share with your neighbors. Except your neighbors are people all over the world who share your interests and passions and can help you accomplish your personal and professional goals. Every day you have a chance to learn from these online neighbors. Every day you have a chance to receive resources that you otherwise never would have found. Every day you have a chance to intersect with people who care about what you care about and are willing to help you be more productive and save time. Check out his post here.
2 - What my connections on Twitter mean to me
Beth Still does a terrific job of explaining how she connects on Twitter and the types of people in her personal learning network. She drives home the point that the tool is what you make of it and she has certainly harnessed the power of Twitter to share, trust, develop relationships, connect, and grow thinking and learning.
Still explains that like me she thinks there are still quite a few people who don’t believe meaningful conversations and real friendships can exist in a virtual world. She shoots that down saying, "they most definitely can." She explains that these friendships don’t just happen. "They take an investment of time and the belief that online friends are just as important as the f2f friends we see everyday. The only thing virtual about these friendships is the space in which they exist. The connections are definitely real. People who make a distinction with real life and f2f friendships just don’t get it." I say, "Right on!"
To those who say the time we spend online talking to people is a waste of time she says, "I could not disagree more. I have a circle of friends that three years ago I never imagined would ever exist. This is a fairly small group that I would do just about anything for. These are the people I wish I could teach with and hang out with everyday. I guess in a way I do get to do that—-just virtually."
Read her entire post here.
3 - Dear teacher who wasn't on Twitter
In her post, Edna Sackson explains the benefits of a Twitter chat. She outlines all the things she learned in just 30 minutes during the #elemchat she participated in. Among them were:
- A variety of new web 2.0 story book creators to explore and share with my colleagues.
- Inspiration and ideas from @dogtrax, like his environment project.
- The idea of using Edmodo for reading discussions.
- A promising collaboration with Tania Ash in Morocco to start a world reading group for primary school students!
- Potential collaborators for our unit about cultural beliefs.