I don't really use Twitter personally, but do use it professionally
and I found that Twitter is one of the best PD tool I use.  But like
Lauren said, its a matter of figuring out who to follow for valuable
tips relating to your professional needs.   For those who have read
Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point, Twitter might make sense.  Knowing
who to follow can save your lots of "TIME" when you need just in time
information and don't have the time to do all the research yourself.

When Twitter first came out, I also thought "Who else would use this
but middle school girl?"   I didn't get it.  But watching it used
very effectively at at NECC, I became a convert.  I have found the
greatest "links" to quality website and ideas from my Twitter network.

The other thing I like is that I can go a whole month without logging
in and don't feel like I missed anything I can't live without, but
when I do turn it on, I almost always find something useful or
intriguing that my network has posted.  I pop in and out of Twitter on
'my time'.  I also like the brevity. (don't laugh, its true)

But creating a Twitter network doesn't happen overnight and like yard
sales or antique shopping, its not for everyone, and you have to be
willing to unsubscribe to followers who don't add to your goals
(personal or professional).  You have to enjoy social dynamics of
connected networks.  When Chris Lehman, principal of science
leadership academy post a brilliant post about leadership in
education,  or a link to a web site he likes, folks listen and usually
follow the link because he has earned our respect.  And every once in
a while when he post something about a football score of a game he's
following or makes a comment about putting his kids to bed,  we  smile
because it brings in the human side of being interconnected through
Works for me.

I have not used it in school, nor do I have the time in school to
check my Twitter network and I have not succomb to using it on a
portable device yet.

Lucie deLaBruere

On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:35 AM, Luis Bango <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi list,
> I'm wondering if other schools are blocking Twitter or using Twitter somehow
> either for communication, public relations, or for instruction.
> If you block it, why?   Does Twitter pose the same kind of threat and
> distraction to students as MySpace and Facebook?
> If you are using it or know a teacher/school that is, could you send along
> their urls?
> thanks for you input,
> Luis
> Luis Bango
> (802)457-1317 x198
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