Over the past two weeks, I have came out of “Twitter Hibernation”. I created my twitter account back in 2010 during my undergrad degree. Since then, I would open the app once a week to check out my celebrity “friends”, check out my school division and school’s feed and then log out after 15 minutes. I have always felt comfortable navigating around the website and app. I understand how to mention others, how to use and search hashtags and I understood the concept of live twitter chats. I just never felt very comfortable putting myself out there to the large audience.
This class has forced me to come out of my shell and become more comfortable with tweeting instead of just lurking on others posts. I am happy to report that it only took one night of a live twitter chat for me to feel a lot more comfortable with the the world of Twitter! On Wednesday night I took part in my first live twitter chat, it was also my school division’s first live chat. The topic of this chat was classroom libraries. I was nervous with my first tweet but quickly realized that no one was judging my answers but instead they were happy to see myself and others getting involved! I admit, my confidence grew when I gained some likes and retweets by various members of my school division, this encouraged me to keep going and answer more questions in the chat. #instantgratification I really do look forward to the next month’s twitter chat on differentiated instruction. I will be sure to take part in another chat before then though.
I look forward to continue learning and experiencing first hand about how great of a tool twitter can be as an educator. I hope to continue to grow my professional learning network and learn to collaborate from other primary teachers around the world. I found this great link recently that lists 50 Ways to use Twitter in the classroom.
My goals over the next few months will be to actively tweet at least three times a week, engage in various edchats and to use twitter to collaborate with other primary teachers for new ideas. Wish me luck!