Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Whole New World

As I wrote in my last post I have made connections with a Principal in Canada that write blogs that are much more widely followed than mine. One of the first things he wanted to know is if I was on Twitter, I immediately responded no. The reason being was I could care less about who was going to Starbucks or WalMart and would never care about that. He agreed wholeheartedly, he didn't care about that either but he did care about kids and educational technology as do I.

I am trying to get our teachers and administrators to try new things and what type of leadership would I be displayed if I didn't give Twitter a shot? So George walked me through the sign in process and I waited. After a couple of days George asked me how things were going, and I told him if I had one more follower I'd have one, he said he do a "shout out" to get people to follow me. My goodness I thought my cell phone would vibrate off the table from people now following me.

What an educational resource this has become and I'm just getting started, the information available by people is astounding. Imagine you get a magazine once a month, read the articles of interest and then wait 25 days for the next issue. This is like getting magazines, newspapers, and blogs of the nation that educators find of interest to other educators. I used to copy articles to give to our administrative team that I thought would be of interest to them, it didn't take long to realize that would be impossible, now I just have have to remember who tweeted what. So far I really like and wish I hadn't been so narrow minded for so long. Thanks George for being persistent.

1 comment:

  1. This is a fantastic story! I felt the same way about Twitter too when I started it, and now I've made some wonderful connections and learned a lot. I have only been on Twitter for a year now, but I definitely consider it one of my best sources of professional development. I have met some amazing educators and learned so much!

    I'm glad that George was persistent and that you joined Twitter too! It's great to have you as a part of my PLN!

    Aviva (@grade1)