I twit. Just started, it was fine at first. Just me, by myself, just twittering away, no followers or leaders. I posted it on my blog as a cool tool and thought ‘groovy, another line of communication.’ There I was floating in the 140 characters. Why did I start? Don’t know, just heard about it, thought it would be neat to try. Now it is one of my most useful resources, it connects me to a network of individuals who lead and guide me (sometimes with 5 or 6 posts a day) through the web. To those 18 I follow, thank you. It is one of my most valuable tools, along with RSS and Del.icio.us and it is all because of the network. It takes a lot less time than reading or writing full out blog post and it challenges the writer’s ability to be concise as well as write for a more specific audience of followers.
As I was going through my reader, I found a post by Alja Sulčič that inspired my reflections. Alja wrote these true words,
“Many are wondering at what makes people Tweet, but as with most Web 2.0 phenomena you can’t really know/understand what it is all about until you give it a try (and I mean really give it a try by actively participating!).”There are so many tools in the web 2 world that it is easy to be intimidated by them. I like exploring, always have, and now exploring is a skill that is becoming a valuable tool. Through my leaders tweets, my access to tools, resources, and neat idea’s has exploded. So I urge you, try this one out. But use caution it too has addictive properties.
add me and let us learn together.
I see lots of classroom possibilities for communication on collaborative projects. Perhaps, a series of project updates for the class to keep everyone on the same page and connected. or comparing weather with a group of grade two classrooms around the world. I am definitely going try this out at some capacity. Does anybody know of any classroom stories of it’s use?
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