Connected educators are comfortable collaborating in person in team or subject groups; they are equally as good at connecting online. Whether it be Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, or Facebook, teachers are connecting via social media every day. Reaching out to fellow educators is just part of normal professional development and classroom connections.
It’s time to join this band of educators.
Today you’ll write your first post or send your first tweet. Today you’ll network with someone from another region, even if you don’t chat. Today you’ll realize that your professional connections just went global. Today marks the day when you jump into being a connected educator.
Suggestions for your first couple of posts:
- Pull quotes from a book you’re reading. Include the page number and explain why the quote impacted you.
- Share content from other people. In Twitter, that means you “retweet”, and in Google+, that means you reshare the content. Surely you either follow a person or hashtag that is interesting, or perhaps you’ve joined a Google Community that has valuable content. Share good finds!
- Share video content. After the link, be sure to explain the significance of the video from your perspective. Perhaps you’ll find a youtube or tedtalk video.
- Ask questions. You don’t have to provide all of the answers! Lots of teachers turn to social media to gain insight. No question is too simple. Ask away!
These suggestions will help you progress. Don’t be surprised if you aren’t thrilled at first. It takes time to develop your PLN. Typically, teachers either don’t see the point or they’re over-stimulated. Both are understandable. I compare this experience to eating veggies from the garden. Yeah, they’re good for me, and if I snack too much, I end up with a belly ache. Everything, including social media, in moderation.
Enjoy this journey. Trust me. This is one you’ll remember.