If you have been following me on Twitter at any point during my ECMP 455 journey, you will have noticed a common theme in some of my tweets. For those of you who are following me on Twitter, I sincerely apologize that you are subject to my tweets. But I also apologize that you are subject to my blogging, neither can quite be called well-constructed or organized.
Anyway, common theme time in the form of photos I took of two of my tweets:
Put those together with the title of this post, and I can bet you have a pretty good idea of my relationship with Twitter. My problem with Twitter is not that I don’t like it. And it’s not that I don’t think it is useful.
Here are the things I think Twitter is useful for:
- Connecting with educators all over the world
- Sharing resources with said educators, asking for advice and insight, and receiving resources back
- Bookmarking interesting resources and articles so they are easy to find later
- Keeping linked in and connected with the occurrences in the world, based on specific themes, tracked by the use of hashtags
- Participating in live collaboration and various #edchats
And I think that all of those factors coupled together make Twitter an interesting and extremely useful concept. As it’s been stated in class and by classmates often, Twitter is very useful professional development, and it is pretty unique in allowing you to connect with people that will help you and are willing to share resources.
I think that all of those feelings and opinions on Twitter have come about in the last little while as I’ve been learning more about Twitter and hearing about how some of my classmates utilize the social media platform. I was always reluctant to see it as useful, because I don’t think it is actually useful for me, and here is where I will tell you why:
- I am terrible at talking online. It is honestly one of the most terrifying things to me. I think it’s the permanence of the whole experience. Once I write something, everyone can read it. And what if what I am saying is misconstrued and someone disagrees with me?
- I am long winded person. I talk way too much. And while I am working on that in the classroom and as a teacher, I find no real reason to change that about myself in my every day life. Mostly because the people who I surround myself with don’t mind who I am, and so why should I adjust that if it is not harming anyone. The reason I work on it in the classroom is because of time limits and student engagement and involvement. My classroom is not the “Sarah Kirschman Show”.
- There was once an argument on Twitter that I was accidentally involved in and it scarred me for life.
- Writing a Tweet, between being self-conscious of what it sounds like and 40+ characters over the limit, takes me much longer than I am proud to admit.
So the problem lies in the fact that I have come around on Twitter. I like what it does for people, and I like the idea of connection and collaboration from different places. But I am unable to be a part of the community myself due to crippling fear of judgement and my inability to just-shorten-my-sentences.
The last thing I want to mention is that Twitter was a thing when I was in High School, but it has significantly decreased in popularity in the younger generations. I see Twitter as being useful for teachers to get resources, but not to connect with and educate students because they don’t really use it all that much anymore. In my Internship, I don’t think a single student talked about their Twitter. But I don’t know, maybe some of you had a different experience than me and let me know how you think it’s useful in the classroom?
Well you all have an excellent weekend, stay warm, and here is a picture of the cat I take care of occasionally just to round out this post nicely.