I have alluded to the difference Twitter has made to my professional growth before. I thought I would take time to write a blog that strictly addresses what it has done for me.
First of all, it has connected me with a group of people who either think along the same lines as I do, or urge me to think about things in a new way. I am no longer just a single principal in a small Alberta School Division; I am now part of a worldwide group of administrators who are examining their practice and learning together.
Twitter has connected me with other resources that I may not have had exposure to. Recently Eric Sheninger posted a link to a session being held at his school that was being streamed live. It was a great opportunity to watch a very good speaker present in a remote location, that I would not have had access to otherwise. It is also through Twitter that I connected with the Leadership20 Webinar series organized by George Couros. These are only two of the powerful examples of resources that I would not have had access to without Twitter.
One of the most amazing things that has come from Twitter is the encouragement to rethink personal blogging. I have had blogs in the past that have served different purposes. Having a blog that is used for reflection and providing evidence of my own learning and practice has proved to be powerful! I have also connected to the blogs of other leaders who write and reflect on the same struggles and learnings that I spend my days dealing with.
Twitter has also shown me the ease with which Professional Development can happen. When a group of people put their minds together, a lot can happen. By sharing learning and questioning your own and others’ practice, growth is a likely outcome. I have heard it said, on Twitter and in other places, “The smartest person in the room, is the room”. Twitter is like one big room where we learn from and with each other.
I have a lot to learn, and would say that Twitter has been one of the most powerful tools for learning and growth as a principal and as a professional.