Last week, one of our curriculum designers ran into a problem. She needed more information on using blogs in elementary school classrooms, but wasn’t quite sure where to go for resources on this relatively new topic.
So where did she turn for help? Not Google. Not her trusty resource guides. Nope—she turned to Twitter. “Need help!” @Stacy_Learning wrote. “Anyone use/know how to use blogs in elementary classrooms?”
Within minutes, members of her Twitter network responded with links, resources, and research. Five hours later, she’d heard from numerous Twitter users and been pointed to a plethora of resources. “People just started responding to me,” she said. “In fact, one user said, ‘I can help you. Here’s where to go, here’s who you can follow, here’s who you can contact.’”
Like many educators and administrators, Stacy was initially skeptical of Twitter. “I thought it would be really trivial,” she confessed. But her experience with Twitter taught her that the website is anything but a trivial timewaster. Now, instead of seeing Twitter as superficial social networking site, she sees it as one of her most powerful research and professional development tools.