In the last few days I have found 30 + valuable Tweets containing content that I will use at some point in the next few weeks. Here are just a few of the resources that showed up in my Tweetdeck app that I have shared with colleagues.
As good as Twitter is, I am still one of the only teachers that uses it in my District for Professional Development. So, in order to share content/resources/connections, I have to use a listserve, an email or a face-to-face conversation. Sure, it take another few steps to share out the content to teachers not on Twitter. However, we need to meet teachers where they are at the moment.
I like what AJ Julian writes in It's OK for Teachers NOT to be on Twitter . "Twitter may not be for everyone. There are other options that might be better for various reasons for others."
I agree. I joined the MoreTPRS listserve almost 20 years ago and am still a member. I never would have learned what I have about language acquisition and methodology without the inspiration and collaboration of this amazing network. I have formed many friendships with these educators and look forward to seeing them in person at various conferences around the world. I cannot yet claim the same for my Twitter relationships. For years many of these amazing language teachers were not yet on Twitter so I spent my Language Learning PD mostly on the MoreTPRS listserve (meeting them where they were). I used Twitter for more Tech, Leadership, and general Education topics. Thankfully, many of these awesome language teachers are now on Twitter.
Yes, let's meet our teachers where they are but slowly sharing with them the power and ease of Twitter or Google + is a good thing, too. I plan to give another little demo on the power of building your own PLN. Twitter will be the first tool I mention. If you are thinking of doing the same, here are a few resources you might want to use. Twitter Handout
Twitter 101 Presentation