I am a firm believer that we need to take risks and go out of our comfort zone to extend learning and be a lifelong learner. Yes, sometimes we experience failure when we do this, but that is again part of the learning process and being a reflective learner.
The turning point was when we started this blog in March and Franki Sibberson asked if we were on Twitter and wanted our Twitter handle. I started a Twitter account that day and it has lifted the level of my professional learning to a new level. My professional learning network is extensive with Twitter and my thinking is pushed in new directions and to higher levels daily through the power of 140 characters or less.
With Twitter, I have discovered:
· weekly chats that I participate in
· the use of hashtags
· new blogs to read
· new book titles to read and buy for my classroom
· “old friends” that I haven’t talked to in years
· powerful articles to read and share
· free webinars
· new professional books
· and the power of 140 characters or less!
So my advice is next time you feel a little squeamish and unsure about trying something new, try it! If you are not on Twitter yet, I highly recommend that you start. You will have an infinite amount of new learning right at your fingertips anywhere, on any device, and at any hour of the day. Thank you Franki Sibberson and Melanie Meehan for giving me the little push I needed to enter the world of Twitter.
Happy Learning! :)