I don’t know how many of you use Twitter (if you do, look me up @JulianCochran and I will follow your feed), but LearnNC posted a link to this article in a tweet at 9:30am on Tuesday, March 13:
20 Twitter Hashtags Every Teacher Should Know About
I love the language of that article title; the author has decided that you “should” know these things. There’s this sense of urgency that implies that if you don’t know about them, you’re missing out. I do think there is merit to discovering cool new things online, but I don’t know how many of those I use to make myself a better teacher. I like the collaborative nature of Twitter, and perhaps those discoveries have given me a chance to say to myself, “wow, that’s great that this person and I are like-minded about issue x.” But finding out that like-minded individuals exist and becoming a better teacher aren’t necessarily tied to each other. I attended a conference right before spring break and watched a few presentations while also having Twitter up and running on my laptop. The comments from the peanut gallery were enlightening (not necessarily in a positive direction) and made me think about how as a faculty, we’ll have somewhat of an uphill battle keeping our students engaged in new ways once they all have a digital device in their hands. Twitter may offer you some resources as DA moves toward becoming a digital learning environment.
I think it is a good tool to use to connect to like-minded professionals. So, for those who use Twitter, this article might be worth a read (and a click or two to login to Twitter and look at the feeds for each topic). If you have no clue what a hashtag is and you would like to learn more about them or about Twitter in general, feel free to setup a time to meet with me.