I signed up for my first Twitter account a few years ago. After signing up, I just could not get into it. Who cares what celebrities are doing anyway? I remember thinking Twitter was nothing more than a status update like on Facebook…pointless.
Last year, I attended a session at the North Central Teachers Convention on digital citizenship with George Couros. The session was not even focused on Twitter for PD but rather Digital Citizenship. During the session, he asked who was using their Twitter account and connecting with other educators. I was not using my account but it piqued my interest. Later on that week, I signed onto my account and began to follow other educators. I began reading their blog posts. Blog posts, like Joe Bower’s, made me question and reflect on my own practice like never before. I was addicted to reading posts and articles whenever I had the chance. I became excited to learn again. Through Twitter I can tap into the knowledge of educators from around the world who have the same interests as me. I learn on my time and I choose the topic. This works for me!
I have connected with educators via Twitter chats and edcamps, debating and discussing education in my down time. Last year, when the opportunity came up to apply for the CLT in our division, my experiences on Twitter were part of what motivated me to apply for this position. Now I am thinking about taking my Masters in Edtech. If you would have asked me any time before if I would take my Masters I would have said no way. That thought had never entered my head. All these things would have not occurred had I not been on Twitter.
So thank you Twitter for connecting me with all the educators on Twitter who share their insights and outside of the traditional box views. You have ignited my passion for my profession once again!