I love listening to podcasts as I walk my dog, since it is the holidays for me I am walking for 40 minutes a day, you can listen to a lot in 40 minutes. One podcast I subscribe to is edtech talk. Today in edtech weekly they were talking about being open to the possibilities.

So I decided that 2010 is going to be the year that I am open to the possibilities.

Firstly I am going to be open to the possibilities that Twitter can offer me as a year 5 teacher and learner, as it is through my discovery of Twitter that I have come to be writing this, that I have worked out how to use netvibes, that I have joined twitpic, that I have set up my very first class blog ready to go live in a few weeks and much much more. I have never felt so invigorated, so connected and so open to the possibilities that 2010 might bring me as an educator as I have in the past three months.

Which is why I felt both sadness and excitement when I read two blog posts yesterday, incidentally both found via a tweet.

The first person I shall not name, from reading his blog though, I ascertained that he considers himself to be one of the major players in Tweeting with educators. He has many followers and was obviously once a regular tweeter. He was bemoaning the fact that nothing original is being tweeted, that he was over twitter, that all he read was the same old, same old. How sad, perhaps it’s me but I find new and interesting blogs, webpages and programs daily. When I have the time even just five minutes on #twitteruniv sets me going.

The second from janwebb could not have been more of a contrast, reading this I felt excited, invigorated, I can get there I thought. I can do this too. I may be on my own but I am not alone.

So if you are becoming like my first blogger, please do not give up, remember the little people, I only discovered this world three months ago, just think of the many others out there who might only just be getting going today. For many teachers the classroom is an isolating place, it is only through collaboration that we will ever master the use of technology for both ourselves as learners and our students alike.

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  1. Fantastic post! We need more positive, motivating reminders like this from people who are in the trenches like yourself!
    Keep up the good work!

  2. thanks! As a new twitterer and blogger myself it is encouraging to hear that what I am doing is encouraging others. I, too, feel very strongly that twitter is constantly bringing me fresh ideas and different points of view. My colleagues are fantastic but it is wonderful to get support from others who enjoy trying out new ideas too, to find seeds of new ideas that I can take and make my own in class. Just this week I asked which online survey tools folks were using and within 5 minutes had a range of responses that directed my personal research so it was quicker and more effective, helped me prepare my lessons and then they helped populate a test survey with enough data that I could show the children how it worked! That sort of support i just a tiny example of the power of twitter.

  3. It all comes down to attitude doesn’t it? Someone who is seeking out collaboration, new ideas, and ways to contribute to the community will find them. Those who approach with the attitude that there is nothing new to be learned will learn nothing new. Now to teach our students how much their attitude affects learning!

  4. Twitter has been like opening a treasure chest of gold since I started using it. Teachers at my school are beginning to think all I do is sit around and surf the Internet and send them what I find. When I tell them I don’t search the Internet anymore they ask my how and I simply respond…Twitter

  5. I think sometimes you have to take people with a big grain of salt. All because someone is perceived to be a major player doesn’t make them right, and doesn’t mean they have all the answers. Quite honestly, I get far more out of teachers and tech specialists who are actually in the classrooms and schools every day, and know what reality is, rather than what their perception of reality should be. Perhaps the big fish isn’t feeling so big any more as more fish enter the pond?

    Mike, I love your response to teachers that you don’t search any more. I’ve started mentioning Twitter here and there, just to plant the seed of thought.

  6. The key is that you’re finding new things to read/follow/listen to. Twitter can get old if you’re just following the same handful of people. It can be very repetitive. The trick is to mix it up once in a while and get some new voices in.

    The same is true with blogs. The educational technology blogosphere is, in many ways, much quieter than it was a couple years ago. Fewer people seem to be blogging, and those people seem to be posting less frequently. But that just opens the door for new voices to be heard.

    Welcome to the network. I hope you find it as valuable as I have over the last few years. Thanks, too, for the EdTechWeekly shout-out.

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