It’s that time of the year when we start thinking back over the previous twelve months. I’ve decided to use this last post of 2010 to briefly comment on my highlights-twitterwise
I feel like this year has been a huge leap forward in the use of twitter as cpd. I am not alone in seeing forums like edchat and ukedchat as great opportunities to extend professional dialogue beyond school. As @deputymitchell says, twitter can be seen as the biggest staffroom in the world. Much has been written about the positive benefits of twitter to support educators as this cannot be underestimated. It provides a wealth of support, advice, opinion and encouragement. Twitter has helped develop a worldwide conversation that can only help us to think more about our practice, make us better informed and connect us with likeminded souls to challenge, support and inspire us as we develop professionally.
Another benefit of twitter is that it is a peer network . People don’t engage because they have to but because they want to. This isn’t a directed package to support professional development, but a bespoke community, built through voluntary involvement. It is a network that also recommends and shares tried and tested strategies, approaches and tools to inform practice. Ask a question on twitter and you’ll likely be blessed with a range of replies to help you, from people who’ve been there and wrestled with the same issues and found solutions.
Looking back over my posts this year, it’s obvious that twitter has had a profound effect on me professionally and personally. I have benefited through my dialogue with a whole range of people across the world, where else could this possibly happen?