Amazing Discoveries Abound
I originally read about the @Sweden Twitter account and they called it the "largest democratic social experiment" online. Sitting in our leadership group meeting, we were discussing how we could support the NWP network online in a time of reduced funding; we always want to connect and share with colleagues, but teachers are so very busy, it is difficult to envision undertaking full responsibility for a website, or a web page or even blogging consistently. Sweden calls their Twitterer a "curator" of the account, which I think is the perfect term. Having curated the SDAWP account in week three, I was absolutely amazed about the resouces and insights I discovered from around the country to inspire me in the classroom.
When we hand off the account, the list of who the official SDAWP account is following stays the same. So on my first day I was following Slim the Ogre, publishing houses, bloggers and education voices from all over the nation that I never knew existed. It broadened my pserspective as an educator; this increased visibility allowed me to make connections with local institutions (my own alma mater linked my tweets to their news account) and "meet" NWP teachers from other sites.
The responsibility of tweeting made me think about my daily movements in a way that I could share with others. I know my fellow SDAWP-ers have found Twitter to be a transformative tool in the classroom. I've always had hesitations about sharing in such a popular and public forum, but under the umbrella of professional discourse, I've embraced a stronger voice online and feel connected to ideas and resouces now available at lightning speed.