I know what you’re thinking. Oh please, not Twitter. I could care less what Aston Kutcher ate for lunch, but stay with me folks. Twitter is a tool for communication, just like email, Web pages, and blogs; just give it a chance to earn your respect.
The bottom line is: this tool can help you get the most out of a community of professionals. Whether you have a cohort of useful teachers at your disposal every day or not, Twitter can connect you to so much more. You don’t need to spend all day online, you don’t need a fancy phone, and you don’t need to be a technical wizard. You just need the right guide.
Twitter allows you to have (or simply watch/read) short conversational exchanges with people anywhere in the world. With the National Writing Project, you can track conversations at sites all over the country at the click of a mouse.
If you’d like a simple preview of the conversation for a group of teachers on Twitter as a proof of concept, click HERE .
Don’t be scared, there are some symbols that you need to know about before you deem it gobledygook. The “@” and “#” are operators that help track who you’re talking to (@stevejmoore, for example) and about what (#nwp for National Writing Project, for example).
If you’re still curious, unsold, or flustered. Please don’t hesitate to comment! I promise you, there is so much to explore, share, and learn about from tens of thousands of wonderful teachers on Twitter.
Extra Credit: Check out these how-to sources on twitter’s best education resources.