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Just read a great piece from George Couros (@gcouros--and thanks to my Twitterfriend, @ptaylorsjr, for passing this along) about whether everyone should tweet.
Interesting to me, because I've spent the last month or so pushing Twitter as a great PD resource. Now I'm thinking more about this...
Twitter has been a tremendous personal professional development tool for me over the past year or so. I'm very excited about the potential for other teachers to have that same experience--developing their own personal learning network via Twitter. I'm on the agenda for our next department meeting to talk about how I use Twitter and help get interested colleagues started.
But is Twitter for everyone?
In the piece I linked at the top of the post, Couros raises this key point: "[I]nstead of saying to people that, 'My effective use of Twitter makes me a better (teacher, leader, learner, etc.)', maybe I should be asking, 'What makes you a better (teacher, leader, learner)?'" He indicates that Twitter is one such tool for him (I agree!), but also reminds us that we have many other sources of learning within our PLN besides social media sources. I agree with this too--Twitter is just one part of my PLN.
That said, I think that my interactions via Twitter over the past year or so have definitely shaped my thinking about teaching and learning. Some of my preconceived ideas have been challenged and sharpened by Twitterchats. I'm finding all sorts of great resources that are informative to say the least and potentially transformative. Yes, there is a lot of ridiculousness out there. (@SteveMartinToGo keeps things light for me.) But there is also a lot of value.
Does every educator need to tweet? I guess I'm rethinking my initial position on this.
But will using Twitter as part of your PLN make you a better educator? Very possibly.