Arrival time was 8:30 am and our time together involved two hours of initial set-up, orientation, connecting to personal learning and discussing a plan for how to implement the tool as a communication strategy in the school community. So, what is the tool? It’s Twitter, a micro-blogging tool. It was time well spent with @mvisca, @jasonrizza and @ddalexand with lots of problem-solving, discussion and fielding of questions about how and why Twitter is meaningful for connecting, learning and communicating with others.
Initially, it took time for my colleagues to imagine how to pull the tweets together in a meaningful way but once we explored the power of Tweetdeck I noticed how it became clearer for them. The primary benefits of TweetDeck are its ability to show you everything you want to see at once, in an organized column format. In addition, the sharing of how educational chat hashtags assist in aggregating tweets into columns with specific categories for learning and networking proved to be powerful for my colleagues. For example, four that I follow and contribute in are #hwdsb, #cpchat, #edtech and #edchat.
Michelle Visca, Principal at Waterdown DHS originally asked for support as she was interested in accessing twitter as a way of communicating with the school community. So, today #WDHS was created and this is where all are encouraged to share updates, messages and information about Waterdown District High School. See the first two tweets that Michelle Visca, Principal posted:
The administrative team has begun the journey of using micro-blogging as a tool for networking, communicating and growing in a 21st century way. I look forward to supporting the next steps with the Waterdown DHS staff and students as they take the risk and explore this new adventure in communication, connecting and learning together.
Interested? Here is a robust link to check out: Twitter by Cybraryman. I welcome questions and comments.