Well what can I say about Twitter? Let me take you back to when I first got Twitter in approximately 2011 (give or take a few years).
First getting Twitter was so exciting! I’ve heard about it through my friends and wanted to see what it was all about. So one day after school I went to my grandparents house, sat in their computer room with my friend, and signed up for Twitter. Once I was all signed up I started following my friends and very random accounts with funny stuff. I remember having so much fun looking through everything on Twitter. This excitement lasted for about 2 weeks. I have never been one to post lots on social media, so my twitter days were spent just browsing through other people’s tweets. I also kept my twitter private as I knew the internet could be dangerous and I didn’t want just anyone to see what I was sharing. I had the occasional retweet and like, but I kept mine pretty plain. When I did tweet though I used very long and strange (and kinda funny if I do say so myself) hashtags. I remembered my friends complaining that there wasn’t enough characters, but I never had that problem! Eventually, I just stopped tweeting all together and became locked out of my Twitter completely. I ended up just deleting the app.
Then I enrolled in a class that needed a Twitter account, UGH. I really hoped that this time Twitter would be better than before. I talked to my good friend @erin_zinger and she told me that Twitter can be a great educational tool and she encouraged me to create a new professional looking Twitter. I just went for it and deleted all my old tweets from my old account (hiding the evidence of my youth) and made a new one completely. But this time my Twitter experience was much different. I now LOVE Twitter.
My second round with Twitter was a little different. Instead of following funny accounts and my high school friends, I started following my colleagues and educators. I already liked Twitter much better! Now I tweet about educational topics and things I am passionate about! When I heard we had to tweet approximately two times a day I thought this would be the most difficult thing, yet here I find myself adding Twitter into my social media scrolling mix. Instead of just Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, I now find myself on Twitter more than the other apps (besides Instagram, I can’t stay away). I truly do love Twitter and with using #edtc300 I can expand my educational community and learn new things from my colleagues and complete strangers. I didn’t realize how big of an educational community is on Twitter, but now I am finding it so beneficial.
To end of my blog (so I can get back on browsing Twitter) I just want to mention one of the coolest things I had experienced so far in this app. Just as I mentioned, I discovered that Twitter has a huge educational community. So when I participated in my first #saskedchat it was very overwhelming, but truly enhanced my Twitter experience. This was the best and quickest way to engage with my classmates and educators from all over. This was extremely fast paced, but the questions and conversations built were very insightful and interesting. This is something I recommend all my fellow future and current educators join in on and experience the crazy wonderfulness of a #saskedchat yourself!
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