I participated in the Sask Ed Chat on Thursday with the rest of my EDTC 300 class and it was a really cool experience! I was terrified going into the class because I thought that the Twitter chat was starting right at 7:30 pm when the class started and there would be little direction, other than go have fun kids. Thankfully, Katie taught us how to use Twitter before we dove into the Twitter chat. I had the basics going into the Twitter chat, but by the end of the chat (which was only from 8:00 to 9:00 pm thankfully) I felt extremely confident in using Twitter and tweeting. I liked the learning on the fly through the Sask Ed Chat as it forced me to learn how to tweet quickly. I really enjoy tweeting, except for when I kept forgetting a hashtag and having to delete and redo my tweets, and after taking part in the Sask Ed Chat, I see the benefit of using Twitter in the classroom.
Twitter is a great way to connect with fellow classmates, teachers, and other professionals that are part of the education and teaching community. Twitter can also be a huge help in the classroom. Through using Twitter and being connected with other educators, I will be able to share and borrow resources and ideas that others tweet about. Twitter is not only a great platform to learn about new educational technologies, but it is also a perfect tool to use to find articles that other educators find helpful. Twitter can connect teachers across the globe and creates a really great learning community.
Twitter used to be my worst nightmare, but after a bit of practice and a lot of tweets (in my mind it’s a lot of tweets, it’s probably only 20-30 tweets actually) it has become a website that I really enjoy using. I know that I like Twitter, but I know that not everyone likes it as much as I do. What are your thoughts on Twitter? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or tweet me at @MsOsachoff on Twitter!
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