When I talk to other teachers and teacher trainees about how I think they should get a Twitter account, I can see that most of them have more or less the same ideas about it:
Actually it isn’t! Once you get the basics, you realize it all comes down to choosing whose ideas you’d like to read and which things you find interesting enough to share with your followers! Of course there are a couple of Twitter-specific tools and it has its own language (follow, RT, # and other terms), but they are actually quite simple once you get used to them. Here’s a very good introduction (which I got from TW, of course =)
I have to agree here. It’s overwhelming, especially at the beginning. There’s so much going on on Twitter! So many interesting people, so many resources shared, so many webinars and chats offered. You have to choose! There’s no way you can profit from it all. So choose!
I can’t see how it helps profession-wise!
It depends on who you follow really. We are dealing with social media here, so the social part is really important. But the treasure of Twitter lies in the fact that you get to interact, share ideas, help and being helped by like-minded professionals around the world, people you would never have access to otherwise!
I’ve only been on Twitter for some months now and, I must admit, I’m more of a lurker for the time being, although I’m gradually starting to take part in conversations, discussions and the like. However, I feel Twitter has started to change my career! I learnt so many new things, tried so many new tools, read so many thought-provoking discussions and reflections! Here are some examples of the things I learnt in the last couple of weeks only:
@edutopia compiled this great list of online tools and resources that kept me busy for some days.
@Onestopenglish provided a link to an archive of free online games and activities for different levels.
@SimpleK12 offered several webinar sessions on great tools to integrate technology to the classroom.
@TeachingEnglish provided a link to a range of free ELT publications by the British Council.
@The ConsultantsE tweeted an amazing list of TED talks categorized by speaker, title and summary.
I read a fabulous presentation posted by @tombarrett: "37 ways to use Search Engines in the Classroom".
Thanks to @harrisonmike I got to know that many of the IATEFL BESIG presentations had been uploaded here.
And the list goes on!
Twitter can totally transform your professional life!
Comments on your Twitter experience most welcome!