Just a short post and homage to Twitter. If you view my Twitter profile, it states I joined in March 2013. I had heard that Twitter was a way to make connections with other educators. It is also a way to get some swift action from customer service from companies such as Verizon. I had heard about #langchat, a weekly chat on all things related to language teaching. But, I must confess, I didn’t actually know how to participate in a Twitter chat. As it turns out, it actually isn’t that complicated (see here if you’re new to Twitter). Unfortunately, I didn’t figure that out for myself until more than 2 years after joining Twitter. They do say better late, than never. I am so glad I am on Twitter and harnessing it for my own professional growth.
Because of Twitter, I have been able to connect with bloggers I had been following for years. I was able to connect with the publisher of some of my favorite novels for language learners, educational trainers and tech coaches (I discovered #BookSnaps via Twitter and their fabulous creator - Tara Martin). Now, #BookSnaps are one of my ‘go-to’ strategies for reflection in my classes. I was also able to connect with the authors of a book that I found so inspiring, that I decided to run a virtual book club for teachers in my district (You can buy “Start. Right. Now.” on Amazon). The book club format was reflection via #BookSnaps (I blogged #BookSnaps here & here) Tara was kind enough to make a video for the teachers in my book club. As a result of her awesome idea, I have an opportunity to present at the South Brunswick Learning and Technology Conference this summer. If you are in or around NJ, it looks to be a great PD opportunity.
Here are some of my favorite Twitter users to follow if you are interested in language learning, education and/or edtech ideas:
@JenFischer18 (my favorite tech coach)
@TaraMartinEDU (creator of #BookSnaps)
@ProficiencyPath (great ideas around teaching language for proficiency)
@SraSpanglish (PBL extraordinaire and a lovely person who I was lucky to meet recently in person)
@Placido (author of several novels for language learners)
@SECottrell (the voice behind one of my favorite blogs - Musicuentos)
@dowd124 (awesome NJ teacher leading the way with teaching with CI in NJ)
@ToddWhitaker (author of ‘Start. Right. Now.’)
@casas_jimmy (author of ‘Start. Right. Now.’)
@Jeff_Zoul (author of ‘Start. Right. Now.’)
And, of course, I’d love for you to follow me @kkeefe_hassan - making new connections on Twitter has become one of my new favorite pastimes.
Let me know who you follow on Twitter in the comments. And, if you are not already on Twitter, you need to be. Get on that, right now!
High school Spanish teacher in NJ. Google for Education Certified Trainer. Always looking to try new things in my classes. Technology junkie.