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In Doug Johnson's blog entry, The 140 Character Discussion, Doug makes these points:
- Discussions on Twitter are like having a debate where everyone gets to shout out their point in 10 words or so at the same time, a cacophony of chaotic cymbals.
- Twitter talk is an exercise in "parallel play," invented by toddlers, that we all engage in without connecting with each other at deeper levels necessary for growth.
- Time should be spent reading, responding, writing blog entries that allow for greater elaboration, deeper relationships.
Although I still read many blogs, I find that many return to simple collection of topics. Some are rants, others are restatements of other's more artful expression, and a very few reflect blogging as once explained to me--a conversation that begins with another's ideas, interweaves their ideas and involves reflection in ways that catch readers' minds on fire.
Twitter conversations appear to catch other's on fire. The brevity of a tweet is rife with meaning, potential misunderstandings that must be worked through. The constant influx of fresh ideas, different takes, become the new source for conversations. More so than blogs which seem to echo many similar perspectives penned by different people, Twitter conversations slice through the miasma of boring education reform talk, although as Doug highlights, they can also result in group think.
While Twitter can enable us to achieve our cognitive potential, how can we get started?
In the article, 5 Ways to Maximize Your Cognitive Potential, 5 approaches are suggested. Ask yourself how Twitter can help you get there.
@edrethink @mcleod @blueskunkblog @library_jim the fault does fall to the teachers. You have a bad PD program if you are teaching tools
By networking with other people—either through social media such as Facebook or Twitter, or in face-to-face interactions—you are exposing yourself to the kinds of situations that are going to make objectives 1-4 much easier to achieve. By exposing yourself to new people, ideas, and environments, you are opening yourself up to new opportunities for cognitive growth. Source: Andrea Kuszewski, 5 Ways to Maximize Your Cognitive Potential
A part of me wants to shut the door, do my own thing. But, the truth is that constant interactions available in person and through Twitter drag me physically and intellectually out of my shell. When others appreciate my work online, retweet, I am encouraged to connect with others. Before, the majority of those interactions took place via my blog. Now, they are occurring via Twitter.
The network, my PLN, provides me with great source material to write about, to reflect on and apply to life. I can't do it all, but I become a knowledge junkie. The fun part is making that knowledge come alive. What a relief that I don't have to go it alone.
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