Today marked the day that Ashton Kutcher reached 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah sent her first tweet. What does this all mean? To me, not much. Other than I am afraid Twitter will break more often. I am happy that people are finally catching on to Twitter but Twitter has been a special place for me over the last 18 months. I sent my first tweet October 16, 2007. When I did I wasn’t sure what I was doing or what it all meant. I didn’t realize that maybe I was being a digital pioneer in education. But what it turned in to is this wonderful community of people who help me, support me, and challenge me to continue exploring how technology can impact education.
I noticed recently, (before the Ashton and Oprah bandwagon) there was a change happening in Twitter. It was subtle but it was happening. When I first joined most people used comic avatars or images that symbolized themselves instead of an actual picture of themselves. As our education Twitter community has grown a personal touch has come to Twitter as well. Now when I log in to TweetDeck I see more people than avatars. This has been really great. Of the people on my network I probably have only met 20% of them face to face. So now with this transition to real images for avatars helps me connect a little more with the people on my screen.
So to my Twitterverse, I just want to thank you for helping me become a better advocate for technology in the classroom.
Over the last week I have been able to spend a lot of time learning from those people in my social network because I have been laid out with a back problem. Surfing the internet helped hours of time pass. One of the things I was intrigued with is how my network has grown in the last year. Not only grown but expanded outside of education. When I first started growing my network, it was only educators but now I think I have a little of everyone in it. I use tools like Twitter and Facebook to organize and communicate with my network.
Facebook has a great app called Friend Wheel. The app allows you to connect all of your friends in Facebook. When I refreshed my Friend Wheel it reminded me of a Keynote session at UTC last summer. Ewan McInstosh talked how teachers/educators are very comfortable talking with one another but not with others. Seeing my new wheel shows that I am finally taking that leap outside the education world.
You don’t have to be able to read the names. Just look at the connections. Are you connected? What are things that you do to build your network and connect with others?
If you can’t tell I am very excited about getting my MacBook. On Friday, I made a trip to the Apple Store in Charlotte. Here are some photos from our first meeting.
I have to say I am in love…. The MacBook is so sleek, clean, and easy to use. About 10 years ago I had a MacInstosh desktop and loved it but changed to a PC because at that time it was a little harder to be in a PC education system. Now the integration with Mac to PC is virtually seamless and I am happy to be back with Apple.
Anyway, if you have any words of advice, hints, shortcuts, or things you love about your Mac share them in the comments below!