Thursday, July 26, 2007

Twitter... from kind of pointless to REALLY POWERFUL...

A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing? Answer on your phone, IM, or right here on the web!

So I know there is a lot of talk about the value of tools such as twitter for education, and I have to admit, I do question it for classroom use--it has really put a new spin on my summer time professional development. Why take time out from your packed schedule to let folks know what you are doing? Well if I weren't on twitter, I wouldn't have met Zac Chase...and followed the NSDC conference in Denver while I was at the Keystone Summit, I wouldn't have been able to get updates from Building Learning Connections conference through David Jake's Chatcasts...

Let people know you are planning a digital storytelling workshop like Brian Grenier
and you will get all kinds of resources tweeted back. When Jason Hando tweeted about a flash meeting he was participating it, I was invited to try an AWESOME new tool ....Crafty shared a tip about Slidecasting making podcasts with I know right away when new blogs are posted--seamlessly...I don't have to make time to seek this all out.

I think that is the greatest value in a good professional network--I encourage all educators to start growing their networks. There are VALUABLE things to be learned that can help to provide really rich learning opportunities for THEIR students. Who's in your network?


  1. Kristen I wouldn't have met you and gotten all kinds of wonderful ideas for macbooks for my teachers. thanks,Chery Oakes Wow2.0

  2. I've been using Twitter for just about a week now and in that time, because of the network I've been building on Twitter, I feel like I am really more CONNECTED to the world of technology in education. I am now 'twittering?' with some really great people that I would not have even known if it weren't for you, Kristin, and the network you opened up for me. I agree that professional development has a whole new light when you can just tweet a question about basically anything and get a response back from many different people. I encourage more people to start Twitterin!

  3. Kristin, Thanks for sharing... since I write about mobile technology and Twitter is one of those I'm sort of behind I guess. I appreciate you reaching out to me for info as I think that that is a great use for us professionally speaking and has potential for students in (and especially out of) our classrooms.

  4. What a great Blog and a great post, I love twitter! My blog is, come and visit!

  5. Anonymous11:24 AM

    What do you think about a twitter just for the education community? would you join a network that really was a twitter just for those with a .edu address? good idea or bad?