Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tech the Halls #4: PD in your PJs

Are you tired of sitting through staff development only to walk away feeling like you need a whole 'nother day to comprehend and apply what you were supposed to learn at the training in the first place?! Would you like to take control of WHAT you learn and WHEN you learn it? Wouldn't it be great to learn from home, on the couch, in your PJs?  Today's "Tech the Halls" will provide you with an anytime-anywhere solution! 

Tech the Halls: Tweet, Tweet, Tweet

Tech the Halls by using Twitter, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. 
Learn from home so forget the sitter, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. 

Follow other ed-u-cators, fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.  
Be inspired by innovators, fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.   

Tweet your favorite ed tech resource, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. 
Use a hashtag to encourage discourse, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. 

When you find something you'd like to repeat, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
Mark a favorite or use retweet, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

Do you have a Twitter account but aren't sure where to start or how to use it for professional development? Check out this organized and well-written blog post by David Truss about using Twitter for professional development

Honestly, I have had a Twitter account for over five years now; however, I didn't really see the benefit of it or even get the whole "Twitter thing" at first. Then, a year ago I attended the Tech Forum Texas conference and presenters and participants at the conference kept referring to Twitter. Suddenly, my interest was peeked and I discovered the relevance. Presenters were tweeting out links to their presentations and attendees were sharing their personal resources that corresponded with the topics. So, I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon - after all EVERYONE else was doing it! :-) The best part: even after the conference is over I can go back to Twitter and search the conference hashtag #TLtechlive and discover a wide variety of relevant resources, all while sitting in my PJs drinking hot chocolate! 

Get started by creating a Twitter account today. Then, follow some awesome educators for a little PD in your PJs! 

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