Thursday, February 17, 2011
Evolution of a Twitter User
- What am I doing here?
- Who am I supposed to follow? And for that matter, how the heck do I follow them?
- I have zero followers, so if I tweet something out there, am I just tweeting to myself?
- Hey, I have a follower, I better put something smart out there. Oops, damn. Spelling mistake.
- How do I attach a link? Cripes, the link is huge and doesn't fit in 140 characters. Forget it.
- Tweetdeck? What the heck is that? OK, try that one. Sounds like everyone is doing it.
- OK, still don't know what I am doing here, and I don't know how to follow people. I'll just search their name...nope. Hmmm, don't really know what their Twitter name is.
- Right, now I can follow some people, but when I see their tweets, I see this stupid pound (#) sign and chat. Sounds like a bunch of people are having a good conversation. Where do I find this stuff?
- Unconferencing? What the heck is that? It sounds expensive. Let's not worry about that.
- Hashtag? That sounds illegal, didn't we suspend someone for that last year?
- Jeez, it's 9AM PST on Tuesday, why the heck is there about 50 tweets per minute with this #edchat?
- Wait, I tweeted, and someone RTd it. Is that good?
- Whoa, I am CHATTING now. cpchat. edchat. scichat. opensource. formativeassessment. I am in on every conversation. Tough to keep up with all of these great ideas.
- Ooops. Look at all these links. Ooooh, another good one. Another! I can't keep up. What the heck is this Diigo thing?
- This person says they need help from their PLN. Is that an airline? Here's a link to a google document. Hey, cool. Whoa. That's creepy, other people are working on this too!
- Wow, why are these people following me? Kinda neat that they actually are reading my blog. Not totally sure why.
- Hey, there's Chris, and Chris,and Remi, and Bryan, and Todd, and Aaron, and Gino, and Terry online tonight. Cool stuff they are doing. Kind of looks like what we are doing. Let's share ours.
- I vowed this would not be social, but I have to tweet about the Grammys. And why did I just take a picture of my feet on the couch with Pebble Beach golf in the background and send it to Dean Shareski? Never met him before, but it was a good laugh.
- I have a Google Doc, and I need some help. Thanks Lyn, thanks Blake, thanks David for adding to it, it's way better now.
- Let's get the staff going on this, they need to develop a PLN.
- Sure, would love to share our blog on an Elluminate chat, sounds great! Never used it before, but we'll figure it out.
- It's actually pretty easy, just get a Twitter account, download Tweetdeck and link it up! Linux? No prob, use Yoono.
- Be glad to demonstrate Twitter. And how to create a blog. And add a Dipity timeline. And add gadgets. And import your online bookmarks from Delicious to Diigo. And show you screenr so you can show others how to do it. And use word clouds. And to get your whole staff using a collaborative Google Doc. And...and...
- Tech policy committee for the district? Sure, would love to be a part of it. Let's make policies based on courtesy rather than prohibition so that kids can learn with technology and social media, not just use social media.
- New program? Never heard of Animoto, let's try it and see if it works for us. If it doesn't, I will just put a Tweet out to my PLN, and they will come through for us. They always do.
And it goes on. Prior to October, and prior to Twitter I knew none of this stuff, and wasn't really sure that I wanted to get involved with it. Just a few months later, I am very comfortable trying and learning and then demonstrating and teaching new technologies because my PLN has given me the courage and the knowledge to do so. I really feel like I have changed as an administrator, and I love it.
I know that my staff will be going through some of the same things that I was as they begin their journey in developing their own Personal Learning Network. I just hope they have the same experience I did and continue to have. It has made me excited to be a lifelong learner.
It really has been an evolution!