Twitter is a risk worth taking. Why? It puts educators in touch with other educators on a global scale. They are able to share best practices which in turn helps promote the success of all students. From a classroom perspective teachers can tell their classroom's story and assess students in real time. At the building level, Twitter can help inform stakeholders of school happenings and promote student and staff achievements. Lastly, Twitter can transform the way district's move the educational conversation forward with stakeholders. Sharing stories and providing transparency will help support future initiatives.
On the flip side, Twitter can be very bad or so some people think. Every tweet and resource shared potentially could be under scrutiny. There are those who do not believe in social media for the simple fact that it's not secure and strangers can follow your every move. Other people will claim they do not have time to check out tweets or push out content. And then there are those who just plain out don't see the point. Finally, what if they mistakenly tweet out something that is inappropriate? What are the ramifications? Or worse yet, what if a spam bot gets a hold of my Twitter handle?
All in all, Twitter is a risk worth taking. It makes you a better educator and provides schools with an opportunity to get the message out. People in the year 2015 want real time information, because we live in a real time world. The fact remains that you could potentially take anything and show how it could be used in a negative way. Take for example, the pencil. Students use this technology to figure out math problems and write sentences. It can also be used to stab people in the arm. Obviously the positives outweigh the negatives which is why schools all around the world use millions of pencils each year. That is why Twitter, in a weird type of pencil way, is a game-changer in education. When used appropriately, like a pencil is most of the time, it helps connect, assess, inform, and promote with a few taps on the screen.
From a personal standpoint Twittr has impacted my life in following ways:
As a salute to Connected Educators and the Deptartment of Education/Alliance for Excellent Education #FutureReady initiative I encourage educators to give Twitter a chance. It will change your professional life and the impact on student success for the better.