I had heard a lot about Tumblr (Links to an external site.), so I decided to check it out.
As teachers, we are expected and, indeed it is essential for any educator interested in furthering their career, to engage in continuing education. This learning could take place in a more traditional, formalized setting, e.g. university studies, professional cohorts, and conferences, or via online sites such as Tumblr. When I created my account, I was asked to pick specific blogs to follow. Some of the blogs that I picked, like music, have more to do with my personal interests than my professional ones. Others, such as Educational Technology, are directly related to my studies and work.
I see Tumblr as a great tool for staying up to date on the most current happenings in the educational field. It provides information that can be shared with my working colleagues. This information can also provide a platform from which grant money could be requested. Another benefit to using Tumblr is the potential for building a large professional network. Tumblr is very social in nature. Blogs are posted; they can be reblogged and commented upon. Many of Tumblr's users also use Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Thus, it is very easy to create a social network where one can share their thoughts on a variety of subjects and very quickly push these thoughts out to a potentially large audience. I also like Medium for this purpose. Tumblr would be a great tool for building one's professional platform. A user can get his or her name "out there" and create new career opportunities.
The only drawback I see (and I have not used it extensively, so I could be mistaken) is that, due to its short, rapid fire deluges of information, there does not seem to be much research to back up its bloggers' assertions.
What do you think? As always, I would love to hear from others. Please comment below if you have any opinions or insights to share.
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.