Many people question the uses of twitter. As a personal user, I originally found it overwhelming and mostly a distraction. Then I set it up properly and decided upon a specific purpose for it, which made it immediately useful. I am currently tweeting as @msbayles to connect with teachers around the world. As a new teacher, I know that there are many things that I will only learn through experience, so why wouldn’t I want to hear from people who already have that experience? I know I still need to learn things the hard way, but it never hurts to have some support along the way. In fact, it has already been such a great help and I think it is improving the level of enjoyment I am getting out of teaching. I really enjoy teaching and I think part of that is being able to share with and relate to other teachers in my PLN via twitter.
My posts are a way for me to reflect on my own teaching and the thoughts of others on everything related to education. I have provided opinions and insight on many different topics, but as a new teacher much of what I say is really just me guessing. I haven’t had a chance to try everything I think of in the classroom (yet). Through my PLN I feel as though I am trying more than I actually am. I am living vicariously through others’ experience and am constantly being inspired by others. I am constantly learning.
I finally had my chance to add even more to the conversation this week when I shared the link to Show World on twitter. I went from someone who gets maybe 10 hits a day (when I post a new blog entry on twitter) to receiving over 1,000 hits in four days. I shared something that I thought was of value and others saw the value in this and they shared with their networks and so on and so forth. That is why I think twitter is amazing. I have reached over 1000 people indirectly with one little message of less than 140 characters. The most amazing part is that it was a former teacher of mine who shared it with me. She still continues to educate me and is helping me educate others!
Here is a visual of my stats jump from a few hits a day to hundreds! It is also interesting to see how far it has traveled around the world. Only a quarter of the hits were from others in Canada. Have you had a similar experience on twitter?