Back in high school, Twitter was THE social media app to be on. It was where everyone was posting the latest news and it was a place to follow celebrities and act like we knew them personally (lol). Eventually, the app started to die out for that use, but over the past few weeks I have re-discovered Twitter for a new purpose - professional development in my career.
I never knew this side of Twitter, but it has become a helpful tool in my learning and in growing my network in the field of education. My peers and other teachers I follow are constantly posting new tips and ideas for teachers to use in the classroom. I have also found it to be a useful form to educate others with information I have found while researching on the web.
I had a very enlightening experience last night when I partook in my very first professional development twitter discussion with Saskedchat. Every Thursday from 8-9, individuals within the education field gather on twitter to answer the same questions based on the theme for that night. Last night, the topic for the night was Celebrating Gender and Sexual Diversity in our Schools. Throughout the hour, seven questions were asked and everyone tweeted with their own personal answer to the questions. It was truly amazing reading other points of views from individuals who are currently in the education field and from individuals who are future educators. Reading these answers allowed me to expand my knowledge and think outside the box. It also challenged me to think about my current knowledge on the topic and understand what areas I need to grow in.
Overall, I think Twitter is a great place to grow in your career and connect with other individuals within the same field. As educators, it's important that we work as a community to ensure our children are receiving the best possible education they can! So, if you are an educator or you are working towards becoming one, go get Twitter and use it to your advantage. Don't forget to join in on Thursdays from 8-9 on the Saskedchat account to join in on the conversation!