For my thrid blog post for EDTC 300 I will disucuss Twitter. Before starting this class I had no experience with Twitter, I was aware of the scale and influence it had but was never part of the different communities it housed. Although, since the spring semester started I have created an account and began to invest in the platform. As a professional development tool I would say that it is very useful and brings with it many benefits. In the small time that I have had my account I have the opportunity to establish my personal learning network ( PLN) with other classmates, peers, as well as full service teachers. This allows me to become familiar with current topics that need to be addressed in education and how I can contribute to assisting others. Since the start of online learning I have been able to navigate the different courses and assignments that I was tasked with, although I struggled with finding different resources to enhance and supplement my learning, for example when it came to writing, or lesson plans, and presentations. Twitter has allowed me to work with my peers in order to expand my knowledge towards different onlines topics. This is very beneficial as it allows me to then pass these skills and resources to future students.
When looking at Twitter in the classroom it would assist students in many different ways. The first could be introducing them to different educational resources that they can use with parents and teachers to assist with different core skills such literacy, math, social studies, and science. The second way could be allowing them to explore different topics they enjoy learning about and finding modern and easy ways to access new information about these. I think following the Pandemic there will be greater influence of technology in many different grade levels and Twitter can be part of this change.
The highlight of Twitter so far has to be the SaskEdChat event which I had the chance to participate in and found very enjoyable as well as informative. In this period I was able to meet other members of the education community and learn about current issues that need to be addressed in the education system. I believe this is a major part of any PLN as it allows for many different perspectives and resources to be shared.