I have recently joined Twitter and these are my experiences and thoughts about it so far.
Sunday: Discovered the benefit of having a mentor to introduce me to people on Twitter. My mentor was Sue Waters, who introduced me to the community of educators she talks to. I would find Twitter very frustrating if I did not have that instant access to a group.
Monday: Felt too uncomfortable to say anything because I didn't have anything to say, didn't know anyone, and did not want to make a mistake and say something out of turn.
Tuesday: Responded to a 'tweet' by Nancy White about Yuuguu, which is a screen-share software. Nancy is someone I really admire so I was thrilled that she was able to take five minutes to orientate me to Yuuguu. .. and I got to see her desktop! It is absolutely mind-blowing to me that I was able to control the desktop of person living in Seattle whilst I was in New Zealand. The potential for me as a teacher is that I will be able to guide a distance student in the use of an Internet tool in a far more hands-on way compared to giving written or telephone instructions at a distance. Following Nancy's 'looking over our shoulders' model of teaching and learning.
Met Andy Roberts who is taking the 31 Day Better Blog Challenge with me.
Wednesday: Found on someone's Mugshot profile.
Twitter: And *why* do I care what you're doing?
Thursday: Have started disseminating information about blog postings which seems to be a 'justified' way of using Twitter. I am reluctant to use it for social/personal conversations because I do not want to bombard everyone with irrelevant material. News of the new blog challenge seems to be spreading rapidly. I have had conversations about it with several other people.
Loved receiving up to date reminders about online seminars and meetings that were being held. It certainly encouraged me to join one session.
Friday: My stats counter shows my page loads have increased from 50 page loads on Monday to 194 today. I do not know how much can be attributed to my use of Twitter, but I am sure
it can only help.
My overall impression of Twitter: the jury is still out on this one. But I think it has potential, and I certainly would like to talk to my third year midwifery students who are out on placements around the country about it.
What is your experience of Twitter? Do you have any helpful hints about how to maximize its effectiveness?
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