Stacey Ramm (@tiffybum on Twitter) outlines some of the benefits Twitter provides for her, including how it helped her in getting a job. We also hear how she partitions the professional and personal sides of her life within social media, and how doing that contributed towards her memorable Twitter handle.
A simple search on Twitter would quickly return tweets in which teachers celebrate how the the platform has supported their professional learning. For example, take a look at the responses when George Couros (@gcouros) asked "If you were going to give one reason on why a teacher should use Twitter, what would it be?" I'm currently conducting doctoral research to explore this phenomenon, seeking to reveal more about what is occurring, how it's happening and what effects it has on the people concerned.
Partly inspired by David's 'Edonis' research study, I'll be using semi-structured interviews as one channel through which people can share their thoughts. With participants’ permissions, I hope to post here the interviews from those who kindly agreed to participate in the open.
Here is Ian talking about the project on Raido Edutalk
Further details about the study can be found on the CPDin140 blog. If you have any questions, or are interested in participating, please do get in touch.
CPDin140 – Robert Jones
Robert Jones (@jonesieboy on Twitter) discusses, amongst other things, how being a connected teacher on Twitter can influence career decisions, how Twitter has become a more challenging space and the extent to which it has become less egalitarian.
CPDin140 – Kevin Hodgson
In this first interview of the series, Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax on Twitter) discusses how important the National Writing Project was in helping to make the connections that Twitter extends and amplifies.