Soundtrack for this post: Hello Beautiful Life – Skydiggers
There are many educators (and others) who are skeptical about the value of Twitter. This morning, several things occurred that would not have, had I not been on Twitter as I did other work on the computer.
1. I made a plan to visit Edna Sackson (@whatedsaid) at her school when I am in Melbourne in April.
This came about because I made a comment to a couple of teachers who had already commented her blog post 10 things you can’t just do on Monday in period 6… I arrived at the post because someone tweeted the link with a comment but unfortunately I don’t remember who that was.
As you can see we are both excited!
2. I exchanged tweets with my brother, Evan, a high school history teacher. In the process, I became aware that tech integration (which many of us are advocating for in elementary schools vs standalone ICT classes that teach skills isolation) isn’t the best model for secondary unless the students are digitally literate.
The conversation started over my tweeting a quote from the same blog post as above:
Evan replied and here’s how it played out:
3. I helped an HS special education teacher in Manila make professional connections.
Evan had mentioned that his colleague was having a hard time finding other special education teachers to connect with and he was encouraging him to try Twitter. He convinced Kevin to sign up (@KGStroudlusk) and I started sending him suggestions of people to follow. Within a few days, Kevin sent out this tweet:
One of my suggestions was Shawn Ram (@sram_socrates), a spec-ed teacher in Alberta. We exchanged a few tweets and I told him about Evan’s quest to help Kevin.
(The link goes to this site)
Tomorrow Evan is going to help Kevin set up a Twitter client so he can more easily follow some of Shawn’s suggestions.
4. I helped my brother build his argument to take to his admin about why Facebook should not be blocked at his school.
Evan wrote this blog post and tweeted about it:
With minutes, one of my tweeps had sent it out as well:
And within a few hours, Evan had several comments on his post.
5. I got invited to be our school rep for a student film fest being put together by international schools here in Singapore.
If I hadn’t had a connection with Tyler (one that started and continues on Twitter though we’ve now met face-to-face a few times), he wouldn’t have thought of me.
6. I followed the tweets of some teachers who were in Hong Kong at an ICT in the PYP workshop.
Adding #ICTinPYP to their tweets, allowed me to follow along and see what different people were saying – not as good as being at the workshop in person but I did get some good ideas, I was able to share some of mine and this tweet about the wiki they worked on made me very happy!
So after a few hours of all of this, I tweeted:
To which my brother replied: