In a society where we can have almost anything instantaneously, it's really neat to think that teachers and all stakeholders in an educational setting can receive instant PD using Twitter!
By setting up a social media management tool--I chose HootSuite--you can easily follow hashtags that provide access to tons of learning material. I chose several hashtags to follow myself.
I chose to follow this hashtag because I'm the director of technology in our school district and I'm always looking for ways to integrate technology into the classroom. In a matter of minutes, I was able to find out that there are hundreds of new fonts that can be used in google docs. One person tweeted about NASA apps to be used in a STEMs classroom. There were also tweets to daily edtech related newsletters. There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained using this hashtag.
To go along with #edtech, I chose #elearning because we are beginning a 1:1 initiative and it is important to me to find ways to incorporate devices in a elearning environment and to find ways to flip a classroom. There were links to learning about different languages and tips on using WordPress.
I'm always interested to know about new education apps that can be used in and out of the classroom. In a matter of minutes there were several apps identified including preschool apps that focus on letters and numbers.
As I mentioned above, we are starting a 1:1 initiative in our district and I'm really curious to know more about the 1:1 beast! There was a nice article tweeted out about device management for tech leaders, which was very specific to me and my needs!
With the 1:1 initiative, we are also allowing the bringing of student devices. I followed this hashtag to learn more about managing those devices and how they can be used in the classroom. There was a tweet about a student-ran helpdesk, which we have discussed using in our district. A great resource and PD found in a matter of minutes!
Twitter is a really awesome way to follow trends and to get professional development when and where you want it. It cuts down on the hassle of having to find things online by mundane searching. Now I can find numerous hashtags that mean something to me and follow them to get relevant information that is useful and that can be immediately used in the classroom. Twitter is a very nice and very affordable (FREE!) way to get PD to teachers!