As I mentioned in a previous post I am relatively new to the world of Twitter. I have set up my new Twitter account for my Digital Learning module as part of my Masters degree. The purpose of my new Twitter account is to connect with as many people as possible from the world of education in order to learn and grow as part of the education online community. Before being set this task I would never have thought of Twitter as a place where I could find resources or advice on teaching. But I was unbelievably wrong. Twitter is a goldmine for the educator if you know where to look . In order to discover how to make the most of twitter I began looking up tutorials and articles to see how to use twitter and how it can improve my work as an educator. The first article that stood out to me is written by Megan McPherson, Kylie Budge and Narelle Lemon. This article talked about twitter as an informal learning space. I immediately liked how they described twitter as this informal learning space as I think it takes away some of the pressures usually related to learning and educating. They speak about twitter broadening the conversation from the hallways and staff-rooms into the global sphere. You have control over the type of profiles you follow to ensure the news you want to see comes up onto your profile. The 140 word maximum tweet also provides a quick vies of the story and then if you want to research further you can use the hash tag to search for more opinions and discussions. ‘Twitter efficiently filters information through’ (McPherson 2015) so we can see what we need to see.
This week I have been introduced to the world of Twitter (I’m a little bit behind I know). I am trying to use my newly activated twitter account to connect with people involved in education from all over the globe in order to learn something new, gather resources and maybe hear some free advice. In return I hope to be able to contribute my own resources and offer any advice I can give as a newly qualified teacher.
Today I came across the picture below and I thought it summarised my new quest perfectly. We all need a little support now and then and it is nice to know there is a whole world of it out there. On that positive note I am off to explore the world of twitter. Happy Wednesday 🙂