In Praise of Twitter

If you’re like me you’ve probably got one or two friends who are a little cynical about your use of twitter. I tell them that twitter is more than merely another social networking tool, it’s a way of staying in touch with educational thinkers and educational thoughts across the world. Not only through weekly forums like edchat and ukedchat but also on a daily basis, wherever you like, whenever you want. All you have to do is get in touch with your PLN and you are immediately engaged in conversation and dialogue with likeminded thinkers from around the world who selflessly provide support, encouragement, challenge and advice.

Many in education will say that during school hours the firefighting and cut and thrust of the day-to-day means you have to deal with a myriad of problems and situations as they arise, leaving you little time for thoughts about wider educational issues. That’s where Twitter comes in. Twitter enables you to pick up those conversations you miss and would dearly love to have during the day. It enables you to sit back in the evenings and at weekends and engage in a level of conversation it is very difficult to have during the day when there are so many immediate matters requiring attention. It’s great to be able to move beyond the operational, to put our heads above the parapet, to look at the bigger picture and think a little bit more about things. Twitter gives you that platform, it enables to you get involved in professional thinking above and beyond local networks. It is a gateway to education and learning worldwide, anytime, any place. I’m happy to be a part of the conversation.


About smichael920

Headteacher of a large primary school in North West England. Helping me to blur the distinction between work and home, I am also father of five, covering most phases of education thus giving me the lowdown from within and without. Education is about enjoying today and preparing for tomorrow. This can't be done using the tools of the past. View all posts by smichael920

2 responses to “In Praise of Twitter

  • David Mitchell

    I totally agree! I find it very difficult to explain what Twitter does for me without sounding like I should be locked up! It doesn’t really help that the press Twitter gets tends to have Stephen Fry in the same sentence. I like to compare it to the biggest staff room in the world where you can sit where you like and talk to who you like!

    Great post Michael!

    • smichael920

      Thanks for the feedback David. I love the thought of twitter as the world’s biggest staffroom! I am constantly amazed by how much I get out of it and find it hard to explain it’s profound benefits to non users. One day!

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