Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Is Twitter for me?

I hear so much chatter about Twitter.  

But I ask myself….
Is it something that I have time for? Can I make time for it?

College-agers use it for a much different purpose than  how I foresee myself using it.

Do I want to add one more thing to me plate, create another world vying for my attention?

I consider myself pretty “techy” ...I am the first to try out new technology in my classroom &  other teachers in my building come to me for help.  I am the first to admit I have been reluctant to dive into Twitter.  

I almost feel like keeping my back turned...then I can’t get exciting about something that I am missing. I almost want to ignore the hashtags and chats I see flying around.

I hear it can be an amazing PLN.  I realize that it can put me in connection with places I could normally never reach. To that I am excited.
Will it be just one more reason to have my nose in my phone? I almost want to make excuses for why I don’t want to be a part of it.  

There are a few teachers/administrators in my district utilizing Twitter.   

Will it be one more ding, ding, buzz, buzz alerting me of activity
thus diverting my attention away from those in my presence?”

I  took the step and made myself a Twitter account.

Now what?

Join a chat.

How do I do that?
@ & #

What is all of that?

chime in, converse

Where do I go first?
Tweet Deck, Twitter Feed

How much of this do I need?

I know, I’m like a child. Someone is going to have to teach me.
I will take it slow and learn as I go.
Baby steps into the big universe.


  1. I agree with you 100 percent! But like you I wonder if because I don't know really how to use it it "scares" me in a way. For now I think I can live without knowing what people are thinking and doing minute by minute :-)

    1. I was a little unsure about admitting being reluctant to try Twitter especially on here. We will see maybe this group will be enough support to get me going....

  2. I love Twitter, but I will admit that I was addicted for awhile. I lurked for a long time because I was so hesitant, But it is one of the best things I have done as an educator. The connections I have made with like-minded people were similar to the connections I made by blogging. The technology ideas, book recommendations, and teaching ideas are invaluable. I only use it for teaching, and nothing personal. I highly recommend it. You can follow me @Teachr4.

    1. Thank you for your feedback. I can totally see how beneficial it would be once I make those connections.

  3. I have a great guide (Twitter for Teachers) I can send you that someone sent to me. Just shoot me an email if you'd like me to pass it along to you. stacey[at]staceyshubitz[dot]com. YOU CAN DO IT!

  4. I was really hesitant to join Twitter until I heard Donalynn Miller speak and she urged everyone in the audience to join. I took the plunge. Yes, at first I was always checking my feed, I was afraid I'd miss something. I've relaxed a bit since then. I feel like I have learned a lot from fellow teachers and the authors I follow. I think once you get used to it, you will love it.

    1. Thank you. I appreciate your advice. That is how I ended up here at S.O.L. I heard Ruth Ayers speak about it and challenge everyone at my school.

  5. I have not taken the plunge. Friends have been telling me that I need to, but so far I have resisted. Who knows? Maybe some day I will give in.

  6. I took the plunge. I am not very active, but I am okay with that. I have found it very informative. I have gathered so many great ideas. I participate in chats (or lurk in them) when I have time. Perhaps I will be more active at some point. Happy twittering!