This February half term has been my 1 year anniversary on Twitter (actively using, not since I first signed up) and I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the impact that this has had on me, my teaching, my class and our learning.
This time last year it was my NQT year and I was intrigued by the concept of blogging – in an attempt to understand the ins and outs and pros and cons of blogging I turned to Twitter and started seeking the advice of educators from around the world. I had no idea the difference using a social networking site, which I had previously scoffed at as being ‘for people who cared what celebrities ate for breakfast’ would have on my personal and professional life.
Over the course of the year I have tweeted around 5000 times, followed around 1500 people (the vast majority of them education professionals) and have around 1400 people following me. I have learned loads of new things, I’ve found out about new developments and changes to things in record time and I have had more professional conversations than I think I would in 10 years in school, in person. I have connected with educators all over the world and I have learned about so many different ways of doing things that would take a lifetime of moving schools and collecting ideas to achieve previously.
Twitter has allowed me to meet some fantastic teachers, and to give me many sources of inspirations and people to aspire to. It has offered me a range of opportunities such as ukedchat, globalclassroomchat and many other chats to discuss educational practice and ‘meet’ people from all of the world. I often find that during staff meetings at my own school I mention conversations I have had on Twitter or give examples based on peoples’ experiences on Twitter – it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a better/worse sense just in an alternative sense.
Overall there are a lots of materials explaining the benefits for teachers using Twitter, even my class can tell you the benefits as they get excited by the new ideas/resources I have from other teachers on Twitter. If you haven’t got a Twitter account, get one!
See my related post on using Twitter in the classroom: here