Saturday Morning Social Media

As I drink coffee and check out my Twitter stream, Google Reader, Google+ Communities, etc., which is pretty typical for me to do on an early Saturday morning, I am reminded of the abundance of learning opportunities the web gives us on any given day. I know it’s there all the time whenever we need it, but this morning I caught so many glimpses of fellow educators learning in such a short amount of time, that it made me give extra pause for reflection.

In about a ten minute span of time, I observed the following:

1. Administrators and teachers participating in #satchat, which was happening live from the #NASSP13 conference.

2. A tweet from Steve Dembo sharing a great blog post and video titled, “Learning Through the Eyes of a Third Grader”.

3. Teachers gearing up for a day of face to face, free, relevant learning at #edcampSEMO.

4. Live streams being shared of speakers at various other conferences happening.

This is, of course, just a small sample of how the web now affords us with countless learning opportunities. We aren’t leveraging these more in school with students why? We aren’t counting this as just-in-time, relevant professional development why?

I have always liked Google’s tag line at the end of their videos: “The web is what you make of it.” It’s exciting to see so many teachers making it something worthwhile on a Saturday morning…and every other day of the week too.


2 Comments on “Saturday Morning Social Media”

  1. debbiefuco says:

    Kyle,

    “We aren’t counting this as just-in-time, relevant professional development, why?”

    I love this question! Why aren’t educators given ‘credit’ for the time they spend in informal professional development? Isn’t that kind of learning just as valuable–and in many educators’ opinions, more valuable–as mandated “sit and get” sessions? This happens to be the topic of my dissertation, so I will leave it at that before I go on and on.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion and bringing awareness of the importance of learning informally via social media, specifically, Twitter. I think it’s important to explore because as you quoted Google, “The web is what you make of it,” and there are lots of educators out there making the most of the web in order to improve their practice and become the best teacher they can be for their students.

    Debbie

  2. Chad Lehman says:

    WE are counting it as professional development THEY (admin) are not because they don’t do this and don’t see how incredible the learning and conversations are.


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