I mentioned Twitter during some staff development sessions on Thursday, and found myself struggling to explain how powerful a tool it can be.
Teach42 has an outstanding post on Twitter that illustrates it far better than I could, so I’m pointing to his post here. (although I’m adding to it)
If you haven’t used Twitter before, it can be a very helpful “networking” tool and place to gather ideas. And it’s easy to build a network there–find one person, see who they are linking to, and add more people, and pretty soon you have created a network.
This week, I put out a “shout-out” on Twitter during my staff development workshop, asking what makes staff development good, since our teachers were brainstorming about that as well.
Getting answers to that question on Twitter from South Korea, Australia, and here in the U.S. demonstrated to our own teachers how many “universals” there are in education, no matter where you go. And even though we had been brainstorming about this question during two days, some of the Twitterers still gave fresh answers that we hadn’t considered.
I know in my own building, perhaps teachers wonder how to find time for a tool like this or how I can find time to use it? My answer is–it saves me a tremendous amount of time. When someone comes to me with a question, if I don’t know the answer, I can throw it out to a wide network of educators in my network on Twitter, and almost always get an answer. As a librarian, my job is to help find information and answer questions, and to be aware of resources out there for teachers and students. I don’t have to know it all, but I need to know how to find it.
So my question is–How could I not use it?
Check out Teach42′s fascinating illustration of this tool at work.