Sunday, November 28, 2010

You know you're addicted to Twitter when...

I apologise as it has been a little while since my last blog. Busy, like many other teachers, writing the very detailed reports required by my organisation, preparing for speech night and awards presentations as well as getting next year's planners ready. Despite this 'busyness', I still made sure to check in to Twitter every day! This got me thinking. Perhaps I am just a little bit addicted to Twitter?

For me, Twitter has opened up so many possibilities. I have learned so much about edtech, teaching, learning, library management, subject matter for subjects I teach (and subjects my colleagues teach), student welfare, social media, other people's stressors and their wise solutions, web 2.0 tools, classroom ideas, blogging with students, wikis with students etc etc etc. In addition, I have been fortunate to be able to share what I have learned with teachers at my school and in fact, all over the world. In so many ways, Twitter has reinforced my value as a teacher, has made me feel supported by others and has made me feel a useful member of the education society.

Therefore, I unashamedly admit that I am a little bit addicted to Twitter!

Perhaps I go too far, however, when I take it personally to lose a follower. 'Was it something I said?' 'Did I tweet something that caused upset?' An interesting tool that has helped me take things less personally has been Goodbye, Buddy! By visiting this site, I have learned that the followers I mostly lose are often tweeple in search of support for their business, charity, or with other, ulterior motives. I can live with that.

I also admit to using a combination of other Twitter tools, for fun of course, such as Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Twitter for iPhone, ManageFlitter Twitter Account Management, Unfollow Finder, FollowFriday Helper and UnTweeps.  I especially love playing with this cool tool, Twitter Parade!

Probably the greatest challenge I have faced through my 'addiction' to Twitter has been what to do with the vast quantities of information, links and ideas? Obviously, I can't use or incorporate these into my teaching all at once. However, I was concerned I would not find these ideas when needed. Therefore, I have been using a wiki to store tools and links to use in my classes. In addition, I have been using Diigo to bookmark tutorials and other important pieces of information.

Feel free to access my wiki and my Diigo bookmarks.

Finally, thank you to all the wonderful educators on Twitter for sharing information and ideas with me.


  1. This comment was emailed to me by Bev Novak (@novanews19):

    "So great to read your post and feel your enthusiasm seeping through your words. While I'm a relative newbie to Twitter I too feel hooked. I'm just in the process of reviewing an article I penned on my blog four months ago: "Twittering to my heart's content!" and am relishing how much I know I've learned since that first little step into the Twitterverse. Like you though, I realize that the older I get the more there is to learn!"

  2. Thanks so much for your response, Bev, and for your patience in attempting to post your comment.