I have a confession to make… I’ve been lurking on Twitter for some time now. I go through phases, sometimes I’ll be on Twitter every day, morning and evening reading the conversations others have, following links to blogs, policies and resources. Sometimes though it’s all too fast paced, too much going on, too much to follow and too many people talking, too hectic and to time consuming. So, I’d avoid Twitter – admittedly this is mostly during term time when there is so much going on. Then the holidays come and I creep back like a repeat truant, hoping that no one will have noticed that I was away (which of course they don’t because I never say anything) but also feeling like I missed a whole bunch of really valuable stuff that I can never catch up on!
So, as we come to the end of the summer holidays, most of which have been spent writing a dissertation about how teachers use Twitter and how they find it valuable, all the time hiding my guilty secret that during term time I really don’t use Twitter! Having read all the positives, and seeing a clear link between the level of teachers’ engagement with Twitter and how valuable they find it and how much impact they feel it has on their practice I am now determined not to forsake this resource when it will be of most use, when I can find the most resources and expertise that people are kind enough to share. With this end in mind I have been investigating how I can use lists to make my Twitter feed more manageable. I’ve made lists for each of the subjects I teach – currently Geography, Politics and Sociology, one for other leaders on Twitter (I’m also a HoD), and one for Celebrities (obviously the most important and informative group!). I am well aware that I am behind the curve, that I’m coming to the list party late, so for all you advanced Twitterers, please have patience, and share your listy wisdom!
I hope that grouping these twitter educators into lists means that Twitter becomes more manageable. I really believe that not only is Twitter a great resource for sharing resources, ideas and news, it’s also a great place to share enthusiasm, experiences and the joys of teaching – something that is vital and extremely valuable particularly as the nights draw in and November seems to go on for ever. I’m hoping that when I am flagging, my lists will mean that I can easily find a group of educators who can help me re-energize and might have some resources that help and that maybe I can find the confidence to share some of my experiences, resources or thoughts! I’m going to see how this goes, and come back with an update in December.
In the mean time, get in touch: D
o you use lists? How? What am I missing? Is there a better platform that the website on my mac and the twitter app on my phone?