The first day of Peel District School Board’s Teaching and Learning in a Digital World Conference (#TLDWPeel) was amazing! Day 1’s keynote speaker, Ruben Puentedura, is an incredible thinker, speaker and teacher so if you ever get the chance to see him or hear him speak – do it! I could not do justice with a summary here so please go to his website, Google him, or watch videos of him on YouTube if you can’t see him in person.
I mention him though, because it was while listening to Ruben this morning that I paraphrased one of the ideas in this Tweet:
You can see that there were a couple of favorites and 7 retweets – which is kind of cool, but more importantly, I got replies which sparked conversations and deeper thinking.
The comments on my Tweet today pushed me to ask a lot of questions. Why exactly did I Tweet that? Should I have added quotations marks because this wasn’t my idea? Am I ‘using’ Twitter correctly? Why did I keep my student blogs private? Why didn’t I open them up so that they could have a global audience? Why aren’t I promoting my blog? Why don’t I write a post daily instead of weekly?
Brian Woodland is right – it is mostly a matter of time. Plus there is some risk-aversion as well. However, if you read the other comments you’ll find that many people think that blogs are a great tool.
Ruben is right though. My tweets & my blog are a way to share information, express my thoughts and reflect BUT when I get feedback like I did today, it isn’t just a thought that floats into cyberspace – it becomes a conversation and a push to think. #loveit!
I can’t wait for Day 2 of the #TLDWPeel Conference tomorrow. George Couros is the keynote speaker and he is the main reason I wanted to attend in the first place!