We ask teachers and students to be careful about what they share on Facebook and to make sure they have their privacy settings locked down to only show updates to friends. These quick little tips on blocking an unwanted person on Facebook are quite helpful.
This great post from @tomwhitby got me thinking… Do I use Twitter for more than keeping up on new things in EdTech and for my own Professional Development? Being a trainer, I’m usually the one in front of the group. It’s rare that I get the chance to sit back and learn from others in traditional settings. The only chance I get to learn from others is from Twitter.
Twitter has been most of my PD for the past few years, but I have not yet effectively been using it to collaborate with other teachers. My first great success in collaborating or reaching out to other teachers via Twitter was just yesterday. I sent a question out about good anti-bullying resources and almost immediately, a teacher in my region sent me back a link to an amazing YouTube video.
I have tried this in the past, but it seemed like I was shouting into the wind. Today, there was some great positive reinforcement for me to use the tool in this way. I’ll certainly use it more for collaboration in the future, while continuing to share what I find and learn as well as listen to others for their great ideas and suggestions.
What type of teacher are you – Connected or Not? What effect does this choice have on your instruction?