For years I have struggled with getting a routine down for spending time on Twitter each day. However, thanks to my Miracle Morning Routine, where I start the day off with 10 minutes each morning on Twitter, and with the encouragement to be a role model to the educators around my school, my 10 minutes a day has slowly grown into something bigger, and more organized.
Here is what my social media routine for Twitter now looks like:
I start my day off with 10 minutes on Twitter, simply scrolling on Twitter to learn about what others are doing in their classrooms. During this time, I bookmark “read later” articles with Pocket and I save “must share” items for the classroom in Google Keep. I also re-tweet and comment on others posts, and share tweet items to the teachers from my school for us to discuss during out 1:1 meetings.
My daily schedule is never the same; however, I’ve still made it a daily goal to tweet out at least once a day to share how EdTech & Innovation is being integrated into the classroom around my school. To achieve this, I’ve started to carve out more time to visit classrooms and take pictures of students in action with their learning. When taking pictures of students, I always ask them for permission, and if the timing is appropriate, I will ask students what they are doing in order to share authentic words and thoughts from the students. During my 1:1 meetings with the school’s Innovation Reps, I ask teachers to show or share with me any exciting projects they are working on with their students. I take photos and notes during these meetings, and then post images and information once I get back to my office.
Thanks to my dedicated 10 minutes in the morning on Twitter, I stumbled upon a Twitter Book Study offered through ISTE that posts a different discussion question to respond to each day. Therefore, in the evenings, I participate in the #ETCoaches discussion, by answering the daily question and responding and interacting with others on this feed.
In addition, I make the effort to visit my TweetDeck, where I have created a feed that follows all the educators in my school who are on Twitter. This allows me to stay current with everything that’s going on at my school.
Thanks to the inspiring message of George Couros,
“What if all teachers tweeted one thing a day that they did in their classroom to a school hashtag, and they took five minutes out of their day to read each other’s tweets? What impact would that have on learning and school culture?”
during the Innovation Rep meeting at the beginning of January, we created a school hashtag #JeSuisCFIS and several teachers decided that they would like to join Twitter and share student learning with the community. To encourage and support them, I re-tweet and respond to their tweets.
Though I am very happy with my progress so far, I would still like to become a little more proactive in certain Twitter chats and follow some more common EdTech & Innovation #hashtags. I feel that by doing this, my morning Twitter time will be more concentrated on
a) being more active in the EdTech & Innovation environment, and b) my learning on Twitter will be more focused, maximizing the amount of ideas and project examples I am able to collect to share with the teachers at my school.
If you have any suggestions of EdTech & Innovation #hashtags to follow, please let me know. I am also curious to know how you stay on top of being a networked educator.