I don’t follow Twitter all that closely anymore most days. I pop in when I have time, I ignore it when I don’t. However, it’s amazing just how much info passes through my TwitterStream on a daily basis.
Just how much info? Let’s see. Here’s what I have learned, solely through Twitter, in the past 12 hours.
- Barbara Ganely is having her students respond to ‘essays without words’.
- Steve Ruble uses his camerphone as a todo list by taking photos of things that he has run out of. The picture serves as a visual reminder of something he needs to buy.
- Lisa Parisi has created a wiki for introducing people to the wide world of Web 2.0.
- Kristin Hokanson shared a presentation on del.icio.us using Google’s presentation tool. A ton of fellow Twits attended it virtually.
- Julie Lindsay was looking for ideas of what the Classroom of the Future should look like. Claudia Ceraso resonded, as did TechnoLibrary.
- Chris Craft discovered a new blogging tool call Airpress.
- Jeff Utecht has been playing with some new blog themes for WordPress.
- Brian Smith is doing some Geocaching today despite the lack of perfect weather.
- David Jakes is at the Regional Office of Education working on Illinois’ state technology plan. Mark Wagner suggested putting it on a wiki and shared the link to the Palm Springs Tech Plan wiki that he worked on last week.
- Mstina will be doing a presentation for students on Facebook next month. They want to know the dangers.
- David Warlick is meeting with the Director of North Carolina’s Education Technology conference and introducing him to Twitter.
- John Pederson is checking out del.icio.us’s 2.0 preview release.
- Tonia Johnson has a second laptop go missing at her school and is trying to figure out how to deal with it.
- Bud the Teacher participated in a discussion about how they can use Skype in the classroom.
- Mr Belshaw shared a blog post detailing three ways for using Twitter with students.
- Carolyn Foote asked for people to share “One trait of a good staff development workshop”, and Stephanie Sandifer and Chris Lehman responded.
- Susan Sedro got Twitter unblocked at school.
- Digimom is frustrated after learning that a colleague of hers has never taken her laptop out of its case yet this year.
- Darren Draper learned that his school is moving from PowerSchool to Skyward and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it. Robin Ellis is moving TO PowerSchool right now. Carolyn Foote uses Skyward.
- Steve Hargadon lets people know that CUE is going 2.0 all the way. Social networking, Blogger’s Cafe, Edubloggercon and more.
- Chris Lehmann wants to know how people would respond to a parent that wants to put monitoring software on a student’s laptop. He gets a slew of responses.
- Amy Lundstrom is discussing “What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st Century?”
- Mike Bryant has learned about GeoRSS feeds which will allow geotagged photos to appear in Google Earth dynamically.
- John Blake is trying to get a Nintendo Wii to use for teaching character education and is looking for examples of others using the Wii in school settings.
- I requested people contact me if they use blogs and wikis in their classroom so I could ask them about their school policies. I got about 6 responses.
- Sylvia Martinez shares a fundraiser that pays you for collecting old technology.
- Amy Bellinger’s 78 year old father created a Facebook account so he can keep up with the grandkids.
- Dale Basler wonders whether there’s any value to teaching students how to convert MPH to KMH, vs just letting them use Google to do it.
- My wife is nervous about starting her job on Monday and putting Aiden back in daycare.
These Tweets took place between 5:00AM and 5:00PM CST. This is a very short recap of them. In reality, there were around 460 tweets during that time, solely from educators. Some of them were rather inane, and others quite thought provoking.
This wasn’t a staff development day. It wasn’t a workshop. It wasn’t a conference or even a meeting. This was simply Thursday. A day in the life of an educator who happens to be connected to a virtual teachers lounge (credit to ArtGuy for the analogy). This is nothing more than daily conversation. And yet it’s also miraculous in so many ways.
Darren asked me what I learned from all this. Quite simply: There is nothing more important to teach educators about technology, than how to network.