I like using Twitter.
Fortunately, there is a good (albeit, small) group in my division that have a similar interest in Twitter-based personal PD. I was asked yesterday how I keep up to date on Educational Technology developments, and I was hard pressed to think of any other way that I learn. Is that bad? I don't think so.
I love that there is a 140-character limit on tweets. It forces me (and others) into condensing all of those thoughts so much that I really get at the heart of what I want to express. That's definitely a positive, because as a Twitter consumer, I don't have a great deal of time, so I can quickly and efficiently see if a tweet is something I'm interested in reading/learning more about.
Twitter gives me the opportunity to follow SO many people...people from all over the world that might do things that are similar or very different than I do. I think it's important to hear divergent points of view and learn how other people tackle challenges in their schools (maybe it's the Combating Intolerance teacher in me).
Given this, the little twitter group started discussion about trying to implement an EdChat, but focused on our school division. I love EdChat...it's wonderful to see so many people from all over the place discussing challenges in Education. What's not to like? It's pretty amazing to try and get something like this off the ground for our division. I especially would love to see more people in Instructional Technology see Twitter as the fantastic tool that it can be.
This article is from 2009, but it seems to have some decent ideas on starting a Twitter Discussion. What suggestions, pitfalls, or cautions do you have? Interested in taking part? Follow @FCPSedChat on Twitter or just follow me @techinteaching and I'll keep you updated on our progress.
I'm a Technology Coach and IT Support for a school. I'm passionate about 1:1 classrooms technology in instruction.