The other night was my first time participating in a Twitter chat and I had no idea what to expect. Although I was a little nervous at first, I ended up discovering that the chat was really quite similar to having a group chat over text with a bunch of other people. It was really neat that we were able to have a discussion, that I would normally have with just my classmates, with people from all over. Not to mention, most of the participants were teachers. Most of the time, we (education students) are discussing topics surrounding education with each other, but we are mostly pre-service teachers so it is informative to hear perspectives from others that are already in the field. Moreover, the #saskedchat was the perfect opportunity for me to start making professional connections and up that “following/followers” count. However, something I did not enjoy was catching myself making my “concentration face” on zoom in between questions!
So far, the only negative aspect of Twitter, for me, is the character limit. However, I know that it used to be shorter (140 characters) and Twitter has recently doubled it to 280 characters. Further, I only ran into this problem once and that was during the #saskedchat so I do not anticipate this being a huge issue in the future.
Concerning my PLN on Twitter, I am looking forward to making more connections and having my account grow. The Twitter lists Katia provided will likely help to increase the number of accounts I follow and hopefully, the amount that follows me. Twitter is the first site that I have used strictly for educational purposes and it is neat to see the large community of educators on this network. In this way, it is quite different from my other social media platforms because when I open up Twitter, I am constantly being introduced to resources and research surrounding education. My favourite part about Twitter is seeing what is actually happening in classrooms on any given day (ie. science experiments, mindful moments, art projects, and more). These tweets make me excited about having my own classroom someday and also, give me inspiration for lesson plans. Another benefit of tweeting and checking my Feedly account is that every day, I am constantly exposing myself to articles that discuss education and educational technology. Therefore, this is something I will continue to do after this class to stay up-to-date with technological advances in education. Moreover, creating a “teacher Twitter” is a vital component of my PLN and will continue to be a way for me to connect with other (pre-)/teachers for years to come.