Like other groups with shared interests, from epidemiologists to James Joyce fans to locked-out N.F.L. players, teachers are turning to Twitter to collaborate, share resources and offer each other support.
Many, in fact, are using it to take professional development into their own hands, 140 characters at a time.
Social media has democratized the flow of information, something we’ve seen through events like the Arab Spring, and sites like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Tumblr. The advent of camera phones, and now the smartphone, allow pictures, videos, ideas or commentary to be instantly added to the conversation on the internet.
Through the use of hashtags on twitter, educators are getting together virtually to collaborate, to bounce ideas off each other and share their successes and troubles.
For example, as a future Social Studies teacher, I am concerned with the #SSChat. #SSChat takes place on Monday evenings at 7pm EST. Just add #SSChat to join the conversation. It’s brilliant!
More Educational Chats can be found here.