Today is “My Twitter Story” Day! I’m so excited, because we can physically see the power of networks. This small project started with one of my students. People are influenced by other people. My colleagues and professional learning network responded. In the true nature of a constructivist perspective, knowledge is constructed through the social negotiation with others. Twitter and social network are one of the mediators. In fact, Twitter has begun a campaign to capture the impact of “Twitter Stories.”
Researchers Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler discuss the potential and promise of networks in their book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives — How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do. You can see Christakis present the phenomenon of social networks in a TED video here. Closer to home with teacher education and technology integration, Shelly Terrell’s “Teacher Reboot Camp” expressed the power of networking through social media, like Twitter, as:
Sometimes, the connections I make on social networks are to parents, learners, politicians, authors, other teachers, or administrators. We more than connect. We have conversations of what education transformation should be.
Today, moreover, we’re sharing how the varied natures of our professions affect others and ourselves. Interestingly, there is a paradox of the 21st century skill of cooperation. Increasing cooperation requires increasing personal responsibility (Tella, 2003). The more we need to work together, the more our personal contributions matter. That is, the reciprocal nature of social networks and professional learning communities is founded on an individual’s willingness to share in others’ social construction of knowledge.
With “My Twitter Story” Day, we are sharing this reciprocity and how we’ve been affected by it. I encourage you to read these stories and then share your own. I have a feeling this list is going to grow. Won’t you document your impact? Won’t you comment on these reflections?
- “My Twitter story or ‘Why teachers & faculty members should give it a try’” by Michael M. Grant
- “How Twitter Saved My Career and My Family” by Jason Bedell
- “Why Teachers Should Join Twitter…What I have Learned as a Twitter Newbie” by Beth Crumpler
- “MyTwitterStory Blog Carnival” by George Veletsianos
- “Happy My Twitter Story Day!” by TechKNOWTools’ Laura Pasquini
- My Twitter Story #mytwitterstory « A Retrospective Saunter by Philip Cummings
Tella, S. (2003). M-learning—Cybertextual traveling or a herald of post-modern education? In Kynaslahti, H. & Seppala, P. (eds.) Mobile learning (pp. 7–21). Helsinki: IT Press.