I am fairly new to twitter. I just made an account last semester and then did not do much with it until now. My first tweet was for the Saskatchewan Rush game for a contest and that was in January! After that I used it as a volunteer for the Gender and Sexual Diversity half day camp hosted at the University. I really got the feel for twitter then and the connections that could be made. I like twitter as a professional development tool because it allows you to make connections with other teachers and other professionals that extend beyond your community. It helps you keep up to date on news and happenings in the world. It can connect you to many resources and ideas that you would not have known without it. As for twitter in the classroom, I think it is a neat way for parents to see their children at school and what they doing. Twitter in the classroom you need to be careful if you do post pictures of the classroom and think about if students are in the picture. I would use it just for fun activities that were done that day or for homework for the night.
I really enjoyed #saskedchat. It was great to have a conversation about educational topics. I loved reading (or trying to read) everyone’s responses to the questions and seeing their thoughts and perspectives. I think it is a great way for teachers to keep their mind in educational topics and keep their minds in pedagogy. It is great way to look for support and make connections with other professionals. It is great that it is not just Saskatchewan teachers either. k
I want to keep up with twitter. I know this will take some effort, as I am more into reading posts instead of tweeting myself. I think reading blogs and using Feedly will help with me getting connected to related topics, articles and resources that I can share with my ‘followers’.