Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Power of Twitter

One advantage of working in an independent school is having the flexibility to create your own calendar. In doing so, Flint Hill has incorporated delayed openings once a month for students.

During this time, teachers and staff come together for professional development. This years focus has been on assessment, more specifically the Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning. Every faculty member participated in two, day long training sessions and have continued to implement and reflect upon what we learned during those two days. We have done so by, getting together with our department, division, or by participating in unconference style sessions to discuss various topics on assessment.

A couple of months ago during one of the unconference sessions our group was talking about the power of Twitter and our PLNs...the importance of teachers and students sharing their work/learning/reflecting with a global audience. We talked through various scenarios and ideas and finally came up with the idea to have an altered chat for our school community. I say altered because, instead of doing a standard hour long chat where we have a question and answer session, our Husky Chat lasts the entire day. Teachers/staff can vote on a topic of the day and one person moderates and archives. Our Husky Chats have been a fun way to communicate and collaborate with other staff members who I normally would not get a chance to chat with on a regular basis because of their location on the Upper campus. I look forward to our upcoming chats and hope to see more Huskies participating in the Husky Chat.

This leads me to a personal Twitter success story that I like to share...I think this shows the power of social media and the kindness of strangers...


Roughly 50 days ago I had been tweeting about my upcoming trip to Antarctica and the Drake Passage. I was commenting on whether we would be experiencing "The Drake Shake" or "The Drake Lake" when crossing the Drake Passage. Soon after I received this tweet...


My response to him was..."ummm about 100%!" So Victor had seen my tweet about The Drake Passage and my upcoming trip and tweeted me to see if there was any chance we were on the same ship.  One little example of just how small the world really can be...

For those of you who follow my blog, know that I experienced problems with flights, my bag, etc.  All the while, a perfect stranger, by all accounts was offering to help me in any way he could....well, it only gets better...




Instead of explaining it all...I think I will let my Facebook post speak for itself...






I think this is a great example of the power of social media and the good that can come from it. We experienced an epic journey to the bottom of the world. Indescribable beauty both in nature and in human spirit...


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