Well, those of my colleagues, rather than myself. Last night I introduced Twitter to my collegial friends for the purposes of growing their personal learning networks. My Yr 6 teaching partner Andy (through some light hearted heckling during the workshop) echoed my thoughts about the process;
Exactly what I have been thinking to myself. I have put a bit of time into planning how exactly I was going to package the concept of online professional collaboration (see here and here) and I’m glad to say that I am happy with how it turned out.
The impression many staff have shared with me is that there is a feeling of excitement and wonder at what this is all about. I think this means I have done my job well in this first instance – staff are open and willing to learn.
I packaged the introduction as a series of challenges – Challenge #1 was to create an account, Challenge #2 was to upload a photo and write a bio, Challenge #3 was to follow some existing colleagues and Challenge #4 was to make their first tweet using the #saspd hashtag that I have introduced for our staff. This simple(ish) process was a great approach upon reflection because it was a bit of fun, but allowed some nice chunking for the more hesitant staff.
So far so good. The challenge from here is to maintain enthusiasm… more challenges!
PS Feel free to say hi to us at #saspd
So, I’m presenting Twitter to my colleagues next week… I reckon I’ve done a good job at setting things up.
- I have gotten five helpers onboard (10% of staff) early to assist in spreading the good feelings.
- I have created a hashtag for the staff to use and also a list for all the staff members to join to let everyone ease into the Twitter journey.
- I have leadership on board.
- I have spent time reflecting on what Twitter does for me and how I use it well so I can model this to the staff.
- I have compiled some resources to help educate and encourage my colleagues.
Now I just have to present the concept in an awesome way (without the use of lasers and 80’s Rock anthems) This is what I am now pondering. I have decided that ‘selling’ it won’t work for everyone – I know this because it didn’t work for me. I needed a mate to sit down during an episode of Q&A and show me. So that’s what I’m going to do – show everyone how it works. Through awesome physical challenges.
Well not physical, but Twitter Challenges. In my usual way, I will figure out much of the detail as I go along, but the broad strokes are these;
- Teachers grouped into groups (Year level, curriculum etc)
- Weekly challenges given regarding tweets – Week 1 tweet about something new you are going to try in your classroom this term etc…
- Extra points given for good use of #’s and @’s
- And anything else that springs to mind as we go along!
My hope is that the notion of game and fun and victory will be a motivator for the sceptics among our staff and that through this intro, the power of the Twitter tool will present itself.
Time will tell…