Partially inspired by Scott McLeod’s post If You Were on Twitter.
I know you don’t see the point of Twitter. I know you think people should have a balanced life and not be online too much. I know you think a great deal of time is required to find resources and create connections.
Last Sunday was a lovely, sunny day. Among other things, I went for a walk in the city, spent time with family, went out for breakfast with friends, cooked a pot of lentil soup, finished Seth Godin’s Poke the Box and read several chapters of A Man of Parts by David Lodge.
I also spent 30 minutes on Twitter participating in #elemchat, where primary school teachers around the world exchange ideas and share their challenges. Here’s some of what I got out of that half hour:
- A variety of new web 2.0 story book creators to explore and share with my colleagues.
- Inspiration and ideas from @dogtrax, like his environment project.
- The idea of using Edmodo for reading discussions.
- A promising collaboration with Tania Ash in Morocco to start a world reading group for primary school students!
- The start of a connection with @plnaugle who shares my interest in inquiry learning.
- Discovery of another PYP educator @ctrlaltdeliver to add to my contact list.
- Potential collaborators for our unit about cultural beliefs.
- A comforting sense that educators worldwide encounter the same challenges that we do at our school.
- New contacts in several countries for future global collaborations.
- A reminder that there is no professional learning quite like half an hour on Twitter!