In our presentation we shared how we use Twitter every day as a form of ongoing, personalised and invaluable professional development. We stressed that Twitter not only makes us better teachers but impacts on our students.
We concluded our presentation with an example of the power of Twitter; sharing how it helped to connect one of my seven year old students to the world.
When my students write posts on their blogs, I often promote their post with a tweet using the hashtag #comments4kids. You can read more about that wonderful hashtag here.
One Friday night in July, Jarrod wrote a new blog post asking his readers to vote on his poll to help choose his next blog post. Jarrod had only been blogging for a few weeks and had a very small readership.
I sent out a tweet to my PLN and the #comments4kids followers encouraging them to support Jarrod.
The response was amazing! My single tweet was retweeted 17 times.
27 people took the time to leave a comment on Jarrod’s blog post.
Jarrod’s Clustrmap showed 113 visits in 24 hours.
The poll Jarrod put in his blog post showed 117 votes.
The next morning, Jarrod’s mum emailed me: “You should have seen Jarrod’s face when he saw his post this morning, he was so excited!”
Without Twitter, Jarrod would not have had an authentic audience for his work. He would not have received validation and encouragement from a wide range of teachers, education professionals and students. Jarrod would not have received the positive reinforcement that showed him his voice counts.
Jarrod is seven years old and is now connected to the world. Many of the people who visited Jarrod’s blog on this one night in July have returned to offer Jarrod more encouragement, support and conversation.
All this from one tweet…