SDAWP Twitter Fellow!
I was so opposed to Twitter. I don't really know why... Well, I guess it came from negative experienes I had with several of my buddies who followed sports stars and seemed more concerned about telling me what Lebron had for breakfast than the real-life conversation they were supposedly having with me! Then there was the time my red-faced buddy passionately explained his frustration that he had forgotten to charge his phone and now could not tweet that he was currently drinking the newest craft beer to his gastropub twitter group... Come on!!! So, I entered the world of Twitter with trepidation. I didn't want to become like my buddies!!!
But I must say, I have been pleasantly surprised by Twitter. The experience of being the SDAWP Fellow of the week really opened my eyes and mind to the world of Twitter - and all it has to offer. Coming up with stuff to share was initially really tough... I kept thinking everytime a submitted a tweet - Who really cares whay I think? However, then I started tweeting thoughts and questions - responses started coming in from other Writing Project people and a true (yet small) educational discussion was created. I particuraly liked the Twitter back-and-forth between myself and a colleage related to the Kony 2012 video.
So, now I use Twitter. I am not on there like crazy and I have resisted following celebrities. I follow other educators, politicians, and news organizations. What I really like about it is the way information is filitered and really tends to be focused on my interests. It is like you have a bunch of people filtering all the information you might want to know about and delivering it to you in quick statements. I think it is an important form of communication that can be used in education and really helps people communicate in new ways!
**Tip use the Flipboard app. on iPhone or iPad to view Twitter accounts. It creates a very slick magazine like presentation of your account!