All About @misstayloryqr

In ECMP455 we focus a lot on Twitter and all of its wonderful uses for teachers. This past week we did a twitter chat between our ECMP455 class as well as an ECMP355 class. For those of you that don’t know what a twitter chat is, LifeWire describes it as “a pre-arranged chat that happens on Twitter through the use of tweets that include a predefined hashtag to link those tweets together in a virtual conversation.” The hashtag we used to link all of the tweets from our chat was #ECMPChat.

Screenshot of a few of the tweets from our #ECMPchat

This Twitter chat got me thinking about how I plan on using Twitter as an educator.

My experience with Twitter had always been for personal use, and it was not before I took ECMP last year that I learned how meaningful it could be to educators. One of the great things about Twitter is that it gives you the opportunity to collaborate on a global scale. I myself, already saw the connections Twitter can facilitate when my professor Alec Couros tagged me in one of his tweets. Instantly I had other educators following me, replying to my tweets, and commenting on my blog posts. That is when I realized how many people I can reach out to for resources and also that I can be a resource for others. I hope to as an educator (as I become more Twitter-savvy) be able to use Twitter frequently for this connection. Whether that means posting questions I have on Twitter for anyone to answer or help me, answering other educators’ questions, or engaging in conversation via Twitter I really hope to stay connected. One thing I still have to check off my “Education Bucketlist” is to join the #SaskEdChat. It is a Twitter chat ran Thursday evenings that focuses on different topics surrounding education. Unfortunately, I have a night class this semester but as of April 11, I am free to join the Thursday chat so I hope to do that soon. I have also been debating how to use Twitter as a resource for my students. My students could follow me and then be able to use Twitter as a way to connect with me outside of school. Using Twitter could also be a way to introduce digital citizenship and social justice. Students should learn how to think critically about all of the content on the internet and Twitter is a good place to start because of the diverse content it has. Twitter also gives students a platform to share articles and research in a much less intimidating setting as an essay or presentation.

I think this comic hilariously represents an #edtech classroom

Altogether I look forward to growing my Twitter expertise as I move forward as an educator and maybe even reach “Twitter Champ” status one day

P.S. Follow @misstayloryqr on Twitter

 

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2 thoughts on “All About @misstayloryqr

  1. I love the comic you added to the blog post. One thing I love about the internet is begin able to share and get resources/lessons/activities from other educators around the world and by using Twitter it makes that so much easier. I really love participating in #SaskEdChat. Such great and insightful conversations happen with so many different educators. Great blog post! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on Twitter.

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  2. Hi Alex:
    I was recently at an ATA meeting, talking with other reps/deans of education from various institutions about Twitter. One lady had 5 Twitter accounts, that she managed for various reasons…personal, professional, pets, institution, etc…Since I just started sinking my teeth into Twitter this year, I still only have 1 account – and things/people that fit all my interests, I follow. I knew well enough to lock my account so as to hopefully avoid inappropriate followers and such, but you can’t control for everything.

    I am wonder what you and Dr. Couros’ position is on having a separate Twitter handle for JUST education items. It seems appropriate to have a focus, but I wonder if I might miss out on networking with people who you may connect with based on things other than a primary professional interest. For example, I connected with a lady in Florida who happens to follow a favorite dog lover handle – we both love dogs, and it turns out she loves neuroscience and education (professor) at the same school that my PhD friend teaches at (small world). I also made another professional friend through a shared interest in owning Cavaliers and watching the same favorite TV show, and it turns out she’s a grad student in education. Sometimes, we just never know how me might connect/meet others with similar interests, and I question whether or not I should have to differentiate that? Perhaps that’s part of the informal relationship building or spirit of connectivism. On the flip side, I do recognize that someone who follows me for ed purposes may not necessarily want to be notified that I just shared a pic of my dogs or commented on Sharna and Bonner’s recent DWTS dance number. Would love to hear your/your prof’s/class’ thoughts 🙂

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