Sunday, 29 November 2009

Why I use Twitter

Today I discovered a new reflection tool from my personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter. Tweet cloud generates a word cloud similar to Worlde does for websites but it creates one of your Twitter account. As a lifelong learner I am always looking for the easy (lazy) way of reflecting on my teaching and learning. A word-cloud does this in a fun and visual way.

It is interesting though not suprising to note that social language plays a major role here. It's focus is educational with 'blogging' standing out. The reason for this is that I have been using a Twitter group #comments4kids to promote comments on student blogs and content on our class blog. 'Students' is still a big focus of this cloud; as it was in my last Wordle cloud of my blog and my latest below.

I use Twitter for connecting to my PLN, finding and sharing good websites and tools to enhance learning. Grow as a professional, by listening to conversations on teaching and learning and adding my thoughts as my confidence grows. Seeking and sharing advice and thoughts.

If you are stuck with any type problem, need a resource or journal reading; your Twitter PLN are there! It's a place to share a laugh, share a gripe or get some support. It is not without disagreements and polite differences, it has it's minuses like spam and porn levels that vary from time to time. It is what you make of it.
Below is a Worlde of my blog taken today. Have you compared your Twitter and Blog word-clouds?