When you think of social media websites, such as Twitter, thoughts that come to mind is that it is used for social reasons, but not necessarily used for learning. In the article “Twitter As a Learning Tool. Really”, Pat Galagan discusses Twitter in a way that not everyone sees it
“The point of social media is to turn learning into a more participatory activity,” says Jane Hart, a social media and learning consultant, “Micro-blogs can support collaboration and understanding.” Micro-blogging is only one kind of social media tool with the potential to support learning and Twitter is a free micro-blogging service. From the use of Twitter it can be used to create community between the people who use it, who are involved on a daily basis. When used in a close group, in school for instance, it can support relationships among the people from the class and to further their learning through discussion of topics. Twitter can also be a great tool in the building of professional networks by using Twitter to get to know other learning professionals.
I have come to understand the importance of social media when it pertains to a professional setting, especially in the world of Early Childhood Education. With “web 2.0 behaviour” Early Childhood Educators are able to express what they are thinking and doing in real time, what is happening in their rooms, and what investigations are forming all through broadcasting these messages. We are in a time that what we are doing and what we are thinking need to be known not only to us, but to others. From the knowledge and experiences of others, we have the opportunity to learn from them. From experience, having a Twitter account for my room is a very helpful tool when seeking information or sometimes even reassurance. With the ability to acknowledge positive feedback given by colleagues gives the sensational feeling of greatness. Most importantly being able to give that positive feedback and take that knowledge from other professionals gives the sense of community within the Early Childhood field. Twitter is a fantastic tool when supporting learning because of all the people you can connect with.