Subtitle – if you go down to the social media today you’re sure of many pleasant surprises.
This post is a follow-on to my short comment on using Twitter for professional development and as a response to an email question from a colleague:
I am willing to learn new tricks but I do not understand how Twitter can help with networking and development. Is it not a forum for chat? Please give me the 2-3 salient points for the use of this medium.
I thought I would describe a typical scenario interacting with Twitter.
One of the people I follow @leoselivan made a comment which was directed at #ELTchat. I had taken part in my first Twitter group chat #EAPchat the day before (read a summary of that written by @seburnt). So seeing another hash tag with chat in it I decided to have a look.
Unfortunately the chat had finished but one of the moderators had tweeted a link to a #ELTchat podcast. Apart from very good podcasts #ELTchat also post summaries of previous chats so I perused with some interest a chat on functional language. This led to a link on using silent films in class by @theteacherjames.
So in the space of about one hour I had a very enjoyable ramble picking up many teaching ideas, an idea for this blog post and a future blog post about your first lesson plan! Value for money I’d say.