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.