The below standards were met through the use of Twitter for professional develoment, collaboration, and online technology opportunities. I have been a member of the Twitter community for a little over a year. When I first began using Twitter, I only used it as a tool to read tweets that would encourage and inspire me to become a better educator. Soon after joining, I began tweeting my own thoughts and educational experiences. I found that Twitter is a wonderful tool to develop an educational career as well as market oneself in the educational world.
Early in my exploration of Twitter, I became astonished with the amount of educators that were a part of this electronic community. The depth of knowledge and subjects that were covered within this community was exciting to me as an educator. Twitter offers professional journals, academic topics, research based practices, and many other professional development opportunites. The amount of opportunities and depth of knowledge is endless.
The twitter platform opens the door for educators to collaborate with people they have never met or would never traditionally come in contact with. Throughout my experience, I was able to have short, to the point, conversations about what other educators thought about certain technological resources, apps, and advantages and disadvantages to certian technology in the classroom.
Using Twitter as a form of professional development allows teachers to grow through having conversations with other educators from diverse platforms around the world. Teachers have the opportunity to evaluate new and upcoming classroom tools as well as stay up to date on current research within their teaching field. I currently use Twitter to gain knowledge from educators all across the world. I also use Twitter to share about things I am doing within my own classroom and share how my students are growing and learning.
- Ability to identify and evaluate technology resources and technical assistance (i.e., those available on-line and on-site within a school and district setting).
- Ability to assess advantages and limitations of current and emerging technologies, on-line resources and software to facilitate teaching and student learning.
- Ability to engage in professional growth and leadership activities, including modeling lifelong learning by participating in face to face and online learning communities to continuously improve professional practice using existing and emerging digital tools, resources, and current research that focuses on improved student learning, as well as promotes professional development of other educators.