“Twitter As a Learning Tool. Really”

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.

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3 thoughts on ““Twitter As a Learning Tool. Really”

  1. Hey Chay

    After reading your response to the article “Twitter as a learning tool, Really” i feel that you hit the nail on the head by starting of with the quote “The point of social media is to turn learning into a more participatory activity,” it is true on so many levels, social media has such a tremendous power to not only educate but empower and i feel that your response has highlighted just that. i enjoyed reading about “web 2.0 behaviour” and the benefits using such mediums as twitter has had upon your teachings, as Karyn would say “good on yah” keep up the good work.

    Sunny

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  2. I’m glad that you found that the information in the article resonates with your experience in your practice. Social media can play a part in sharing and connecting practice, as well as fostering collaborative partnerships with parents and others connected to the children in our care. I also agree with Sunny, that your quote is well chosen.
    Don

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  3. I think Twitter and other social networks are beneficial to both the ECE and to the parent. Twitter is a social network just like Facebook that permits people to share and discover what’s happening. AS an ECE you can post updates and share ideas with other ECE’s. As a parent you can connect with your child by visiting their classrooms Twitter or Facebook page. When my boys where in elementary school their school had a Facebook page and so did their teacher. Mr. Tome would post act work that the students had created and science experiments that took place in the classroom. Parents would write comments or feedback to the teacher and students. As a parent this provided an opportunity to see visual what was happening in my son’s classroom. It was a great way for me to communicate to him at dinner time and ask questions on things that were posted. I have not heard of “web 2.0 behavior” and can’t wait to navigate it. Our school boards are promoting education in the 21st century so we as parents as ECE as educators need to be on board!

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