Quite simply, Twitter lets you microblog pithy 140 characters posts, known as ‘tweets’, to your friends or followers. This often seems inane to the uninitiated but the growing number of influential educators and teacher leaders, as evidenced in this Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter provides quite a wonderful professional resource. Using Twitter as an Education Tool has potential but more importantly, microblogging is a great way for educators to build Personal Learning Networks to stimulate professional learning.
The English Teachers Association has recently opened a Twitter accountand hopefully teachers will choose to use this tool to expand their professional networks. Every English teacher who ‘follows’ the ETA can then be easily discoverable by new members, as they in turn follow their colleagues. A growing timeline of links and contacts will expand rapidly.
There are a surprisingly large number of ‘toys’, apps, websites and Twitter oriented tools available for the enthusiast. Twhirl is an essential client, if you choose to always have Twitter easily accessible from your toolbar. Tweet Map allows you to see where abouts in the world ‘tweets’ are emanating and Betwittered is an essential iGoogle Twitter client (that will allow you to ‘tweet’ even if there is a filter at your place of employment). Increasingly, I am using Twinkle or Twitterific iPhone apps to access the service when away from my computer. Twitter Grader allows you to check out the power of your network and lists the Twitterati or Top Users.
I would highly recommend Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense.
Hope to see you ‘tweeting’ soon and consider ‘following’ and more importantly from my POV, being ‘followed’ by Darcy1968.