I have been on Twitter for several years and I use it periodically to get ideas and sometimes to share my learning. My personal preference for a Twitter client is Hootsuite for it's organizational options and ability to add other social networks.
#coachbetter, #ISEdcoach, #ETcoaches, #educoaches, #instructionalcoaches
#makered, #makerspace, #making, #stem, #legowedo, #steameducation, #fablab
#gafe, #googleCT, #googleclassroom, #edtechteam
Africa and Asia:
#africaed, #earcos, #edutech, #pubpd, #pubpdAsia
#pypx, #pypchat, #pyp
Learning from Twitter
When I was working in Korea, I taught Grade 5 for a year which included the PYP Exhibition. I decided to follow #pypx. By following this this particular thread, I was able to find ideas to help me organize and prepare the students for the inquiries.
I'm a huge fan of PBL projects with students. Last year I had the opportunity to attend PBL world and was introduced to #PBLworld thread for the conference. During the conference, the tread was alive with buzz and it helped provide me with ideas but also with methods to craft PBL units.
I'm a technology integrator/coach. For the past several years I've been developing and honing my skills with instructional coaching. By following #ETcoaches, I've been able to gain better insight into the role and how to structure my coaching conversations with teachers.
I have only done this twice. In both of these cases, I had spent money on a resource and did not hear from them. I first tried private methods of communications but alas did not get any answer. Only then did I dare to Tweet them publicly to express my dissatisfaction. By doing this, I was able to get responses and the issues were resolved quickly afterwords.
If you are going to call out a company, make sure that you try contacting them first to resolve the issue and then follow up os no response is given with a public tweet. It's worked for me. But make sure you do it respectfully.
This has proven to be some of the best PD I have received this year. I've learned more about the product, gained ideas from others, and even submitted a few myself.
If you are using an app or site with lots of breadth like Seesaw, I would encourage you to find connections either on Twitter or Facebook.
Thoughts on Twitter for PD
That being said, I am shy with my posting. Mainly because of my own inner saboteur and lack of confidence in my own self. However, participating in the Seesaw Ambassador group, has proven that people like my ideas. Which reminds me I need to post an idea to Twitter right now.