Twitter… it’s all about perspective

“It must be nice to be a superintendent… and have all that time to Tweet.”  I’ve heard this a few times and, maybe because I’m a sensitive guy, sometimes I just get the feeling that people (especially school administrators) are thinking it.

I was talking to a principal from another district while at a meeting in Vancouver a few weeks back.  We follow each other on Twitter and it was nice to meet face-to-face.  At one point he said, “I think it’s really cool that you have a Twitter account.  I can’t convince my superintendent that it’s worth the time.”

I couldn’t help but wonder if his superintendent said, “It must be nice to be a principal… and have all that time to Tweet.”

Personally, I think that Twitter is the best professional learning network that I have yet to be a part of.  Strangely enough, I still feel guilty if I check Twitter during the workday so most of my tweeting, re-tweeting and blog reading happens in the evenings and on weekends.  I am, however, beginning to realize that the learning and sharing is too important to relegate to late nights and early mornings.  I’m close (but not there yet) to building “twitter” and “blog” time into my regular working hours.

Chris Wejr (@mrwejr) wrote a great piece in the December issue of the BCPVPA’s Adminfo magazine called “On Becoming Connected”.  It outlines several reasons why social media has so much potential in the field of education.  In fact, the article makes so much sense that I may even Tweet a few times during the day without feeling guilty.

Check it out: Dec11AdminfoWejr

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One Response to Twitter… it’s all about perspective

  1. Kyle Timms says:

    I share your feelings about the value of my personal learning network, and we have to remind ouselves that twitter is just the tool that we use to connect and learn. Would anyone question you using your “work time” to make a phone call to share ideas and learn from a colleague? Do they question you sending emails?
    I am an elementary school principal. I don’t tweet during the school day because I can’t find more than a few minutes where I’d rather be at my desk than in classrooms or interacting with my students. But maybe we all need to do more during the day to intentionally declare that our learning is important and worth our time!

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