Wednesday, March 6, 2013
#6 of 31 Chat Me Up
2009: 13 Tweets
2010: 88 Tweets
2011: Jan-July 74 Tweets
Aug-Dec 431 Tweets
2012: (avg) 150 Tweets per month
2013: Jan 334
I was a lurker when I started. Just logged on, read a few Tweets (and only a few since I didn't follow very many people) and logged off. I didn't really see the point of the whole thing. Didn't feel a connection to anyone. But I kept at it. I started Tweeting a few things, responded to a few people. But hashtags? What were those? Never used them.
If you check 2011, you'll see that my Tweets rose dramatically in August. You want to know why? My PLN. The people I was close to in school were Tweeting more, so I Tweeted more.
And I got a new principal.
And he followed me.
And he engaged me in conversations.
It was a good thing.
I began extending my PLN. I was careful who I followed and who followed me, but I branched out. And you know what? The more I branched out, the more I learned.
And then, we hired a new superintendent. He followed me before he was even hired. He had a HUGE online presence. I liked that.
I began expanding even more. Our superintendent is a great one for sending a Tweet that says, "You should connect with...."
So I do.
And I keep learning.
I accessed my archive of Tweets (did you know you can do that???? Go to the very bottom of your settings. See that button that says "Archives"? Click it!). I found a great quote that I Tweeted and forgot about (before I knew about Favorites). The quote was from Kelly Gallagher:
I want to be the teacher who has taught 20 years....
I've branched out again. This year, I've been participating in chats on Twitter. Not all of them (I wouldn't be able to do anything else in the world if I tried to take part in all of them), but a select few. My favorite is the #iaedchat. Iowa educators trying to make sense of things. There are thought provoking discussions every Sunday night.
I guess the point of this post is that you should get on Twitter if you aren't already. If you are on, then engage other educators. If you are engaging other educators, then try a chat. You can just lurk through a chat and see what it's all about. No one will know you are there. It's safe, and you will still learn.
But if you are brave and want to try something new, get involved in a chat. Follow the people you connect with.
You won't regret it.
If you do want to participate in a chat, try tweetchat.com You enter the hashtag of the chat you want and the chat comes up. You can Tweet, reply, and retweet throughout the chat. And, it includes the hashtag for you! You can adjust the speed of the tweets showing up, and you can pause them to read.