Twitter: Learning within 140 Characters
Twitter has been an invaluable tool for me in my first years of teaching. I'm not alone! There are thousands of educators contributing their innovative ideas and practices to strangers like myself. There is nothing strange about this, most schools have scheduled PLC (Professional Learning Communities) meetings. For me, being a specialist teacher my PLC meetings are few and far between and include me and a couple of veteran men. Through twitter I get daily PLC. These people who are on twitter love to learn and their passion is inspiring. They are reflective teachers that are constantly looking to try new activities, assessments, reflect, and improve pedagogy. By being apart of this online community I will truly be a lifelong learner. My PLC is unlimited.
I manage two twitter accounts. The @GMS_PhysEd account is used for school. I post what is going on in class, retweet facts and articles in an effort to communicate and share with my school community: teachers, parents, and students. My @Sarah_Titus account is used more for connecting and conversing with other professionals, conversations/ideas that I wouldn't necessarily broadcast to students and parents. Twitter has become a positive outlet for sharing. To me when I post something on twitter that I am doing in my classroom, it's almost like having a teacher hanging my project on a bulletin board. I put in a greater effort and gain a greater sense of pride in what I do.
Below is an example of a #PEChat session taking place in real time lead by @PENathan: