Imagine if you could collect all of the most inspiring educators, coaches, and administrators you know in a room to swap ideas, collaborate on curriculum, and share successes/challenges. As a bonus, you can kick anyone out of the room who gets too political or negative. This figurative room is Twitter.
Teachers have carved out a corner of Twitter and re-purposed the platform into a powerful tool for communication and collaboration. Twitter is an ideal platform for expanding your Personal Learning Network beyond your co-workers. What I like best about Twitter is the ease of access and ability to personalize your experience. Not everyone has time to attend workshops or read professional development books. But we all have a few free moments while in line at the store or while eating lunch and Twitter is perfect bite-sized PD for those times. The experience is customized by who you choose to follow and what hashtags you choose to explore. Personal favorites include #2ndaryELA & #engchat for English teacher inspiration and #edtech & #elearning for all things educational technology.
To remain at the forefront of emerging educational technologies, I recommend checking out the following industry leaders and innovators on Twitter:
Social media is particularly well-suited to meeting the ‘continual’ aspect of ISTE Coaching Standard 6a. With a plethora of accounts and posts to explore, Twitter provides a nearly endless stream of ideas on ways to incorporate technology into education. I can be found on Twitter @mrsborrero_ela