I joined Twitter back in 2008 after attending a workshop where it was promoted as a tool for connecting with other educators. But I wasn't hooked. I used it for a few weeks and mostly connected with a few other teachers in our board who were using it. After a month or two, I had drifted away from twitter and didn't use it at all.
Fast forward to Spring 2016, and I decided Twitter another try. Several colleagues had mentioned that they were finding it a useful tool for professional learning and networking. I began to follow more educators, groups and organizations that were addressing issues that resonated with me. And, after following others for awhile, I began posting interesting literacy and mathematics learning that I observed when I was in classrooms.
My big 'aha' moment came when I was live tweeting from the ETFO Learning Math in the Early Years conference in May 2016. Educators from all over began retweeting and commenting on my posts. I found myself thinking about which were the most salient 'nuggets' from each presentation to tweet? What was a tidbit worth sharing that would spark conversation or inspire someone to try something new in their classroom? It was a different way for me to process my learning at each session.
This morning, I came across The Edadvocate's List of 20 Must-Follow K-12 Education Twitter Feeds. Take a look - you might find some that pique your interest!
Then while exploring on their website, I found their List of 20 Must Follow Early Childhood Education Twitter Feeds. I saw some familiar names, but also some new feeds to add to my list.
I'm sure that there are lots of great people I could be following but I'm trying to keep it manageable. How does it work for those of you who are following thousands of people? How do you keep up with all the tweets?