I use social networks, mostly Twitter and Facebook, occasionally LinkedIn, to connect with professionals in the worlds of education and writing (Twitter) and to stay in touch with friends and family (Facebook). Twitter is especially useful in the world of education. By following a number of education professionals, I have been exposed to different teaching theories and technologies that I have been able to employ in my own classroom. This has definitely helped my progress as a teacher.
One personal goal I am setting for myself is to use Social Networks on a more frequent basis. I know that if I want to maximize the potential of social media, I will need to commit to using it multiple times daily. This includes reading my Twitter feed, tweeting and retweeting, and following others who share information that I find valuable. The same goes for Facebook. The more pages that I follow and the more often that I post, the more ideas I will be exposed to. Ideally, this would also lead to more people being exposed to my ideas. This free flowing exchange of ideas is what makes Social Networking platforms so valuable for education professionals.
I want to hear from you. How do you use Social Networks? Which ones do you use? Do you have any suggestions on how I can increase my Social Media presence? Please leave a comment below.
I am a Special Education teacher currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Information & Learning Technologies (Option: K-12) at CU Denver. I work at Boulder High School in Boulder, CO. Here you will find my thoughts on education.