They say it takes a Village to raise a child – twitter is my village and I am one of the many being raised within it.
I discovered a free book in the iBookStore,Twitter: A Cultural Guide, created by Keri-Lee Beasley (@klbeasley) and Jabiz Raisdana (@intrepidteacher) a few months back. I was inspired by the book and followed them both. Turns out that after saying thank you I had a connection to Keri-Lee as she works with one of my teaching heroes, and personal best friends and had just come back from a session of Pilates with her – the world is a small place, but Twitter makes it smaller.
This book is the ultimate guide to Twitter and names and notices all the parts that may take you months or years to discover on your own. It discusses the 7 stages of Twitter – Lurker, Novice, Insider, Colleague, Collaborator, Friend & Confidant – and what each stage looks like. How you may be at one stage with some of your PLN and a different stage with others. It is full of snippets out of the lives of people who connect through Twitter. Through these short movies I found many a person to follow, a person to lurk around and listen to. Someone that you can gleam pearls from or just someone who reads a lot of blogs/forums/news groups and likes to tweet out good articles.
“You just put it out there, maybe it sticks, maybe it doesn’t. Don’t think about it too much and you’ll be surprised at the payback you will get from sharing random tidbits of your personality”
Jabiz Raisdana in Twitter: A Cultural Guide
Now through lurking, then listening, then throwing in a comment or idea I have slowly made contact with many fantastic educators and creators, some I have met and most I have not. Some are colleagues, but many I now feel are friends. All are inspirational and challenge me. A friend stated in a hashtag #IdonthaveaPLNIhaveEduAwesomefriends.
Now this is the wow moment of my day, the thing that really just made me sit back and shake my head at the collaboration, openness and sharing of Twitter. I have followed many educators from Twitter: A Cultural Guide, but one stood out as he, like Keri-Lee and I, is a Kiwi. I followed him and looked through his previous posts and commented on one of the posters that he had shared and been part of creating.
Many days later was today and I received a message from him saying he agreed with my comment and here is a whole lot more resources he had put together.
My comment in reply was wow, thanks, I can scale them down to my primary level and they will be fantastic.
Straight away the message came through – Here are the primary resources and the Staff PD Google site to go with it.
Me: I do not know how to thank you, as I can see the time you have spent creating these resources, just to give them away to a virtual stranger.
Him: We are both from NZ… sharing is part of the culture 🙂
That in a nutshell is why Twitter, for Educators, works – sharing is part of the culture 🙂 We are not doing this for money, we are not doing this for fame or selfish means, we are here to connect, to share and to make ourselves better teachers and our student’s education better than what it is now.
Even if you are an old hand a Twitter, read the book, it’s free and it is worth it, then get a colleague who has not tried twitter and give it to them to read. Bring them into the Village of Twitter.