‘Twitter’ as a tool for Professional Development and Professional Sharing

In terms of ICT, I’m still very much a beginner. However, with a mentor Jenny Luca  also known as @jennyluca on Twitter and other educators who are SHARERS, my professional development has been enormous. My latest learning curve has been using Twitter to make contact with education professionals worldwide to help develop me in this area. I’d like to say I share a lot on Twitter, but at present I’m more of a follower. I follow some amazing educators who have a real passion for what they do. And ‘yes’, I do have people following me, obviously in hope that I contribute more. My ‘tweets’ are mostly thanking people for sharing something with me.  However, this will change!

When I want to know something I simply ‘tweet’ what I’m trying to find out and people respond. I recently wanted to know how I could get a screen shot of a website to use in this blog, as I was having problems with certain programs. @Dirkk who lives in Germany responded and sent a link to his site. I’ve used Aviary, as @Dirkk recommended and it worked. ‘Ah’, the power of the web!  As a thank you to Dirkk, my first screenshot is his link!

dirkk

Educators share their knowledge and expertise on Twitter and it’s the notion of sharing that I find uplifting.  Today @Pam_Thompson sent out a ‘tweet’ about a wiki she has created for teachers at her school to build upon. I followed the link and it’s excellent. The wiki has links to interactive games that I’ve never seen before and as I’m teaching myself about wikis at the moment,  this was just what I needed to see. Pam could have kept this for her staff, instead she put it out for others. This is what Twitter is about for me.

When I started using Twitter I couldn’t see its value, as I’m not interested in who’s having coffee with who, however, when I discovered that I could network with teaching professionals worldwide, ‘I changed my tune’. I now follow some 100 professionals including world news channels and have about 95 people following me.  

screen shot

Cheers Nina  

If you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @ninadavis.

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4 responses to “‘Twitter’ as a tool for Professional Development and Professional Sharing

  1. Thanks for the compliment Nina. I agree with you that Twitter is such a great tool for sharing. I have gained so much over the last 12 months. Some of the tools or sites that I now use I would probably not even know about if I didn’t use Twitter.

    • averil2

      Thanks Pam,
      It was your sharing that motivated this post. I’ve written a couple of posts about sharing and your tweet about the wiki you created was just the example of sharing I was looking for. So thanks again!
      Cheers Nina

  2. jennylu

    Twitter has become my most valuable tool for finding out new things. It used to be my Google Reader, but as I become more time poor, I find myself relying on my network in Twitter more and more.

    • averil2

      Hi Jenny,
      Thanks for getting me into Professional Twitter. It only took 6 months and a couple of goes for me to understand it.
      Cheers Nina

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