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Re-entering the World of Twitter

July 30, 2011 2 comments

One of the things that I haven’t done since I lost my mother in January is to use Twitter.  I’m not sure of the reason, but whatever it was, I felt that I just couldn’t connect at that time.  Of course, I continued to read the myriad of educational emails that crossed my path on a daily basis and  even tweet some things that were of interest to me.  I promoted the value of Twitter to my student teachers and encouraged them to join.  I continued to retweet the blogs and photos posted by my son. But that was it. It just wasn’t the right time.

Throughout those months my son consistently tried to  convince me to go back on to Twitter.  He reminded me that I had people in my PLN who had a lot of important things to say.  He reminded me how much I enjoyed reading some of the blogs.  He reminded me that  I liked to be a part of #spedchat. He was right but I refused, always with some excuse, usually saying that I didn’t have the patience for it.  It just wasn’t the right time.

That was until yesterday, the first day of #RSCON3.  I participated in #RSCON2 and remember being in awe of the fact that people from all over the world were part of this exciting  day of sharing and learning.  Even though I  took so much away from that conference, I’m not sure that I would have participated in #RSCON3 had it not been for my son, @MrMatthewRay, and @pernilleripp presenting WisconsiNewYork: Collaborating and Connecting.   How could I not watch this presentation?   There was no question in my mind that I wanted to hear and see Matthew and Pernille in action.   When I signed on to RSCON3   viewing their presentation was my sole intent.  Something, though, drew me to other presentations.  Listening to the committed organizers and eager participants who want to make a  positive change  in the field of education was inspiring.   I was again struck by the fact that people from all over the world were learning together.   As usual, I garnered many  practical ideas to share.  But my real motivation for today was to hear Matthew and Pernille.  Watching them was wonderful.  Their organized, animated presentation took the audience through the steps necessary to replicate their skyping project.   They spared no details as they gave the listeners practical advice and suggestions.   Their honesty about their concerns was shared as well as lessons learned by their students and each of them .  I beamed with pride as I watched and listened to my son. This was the first time that he taught an audience of adults and he did well.  You can view the slides from their presentation here.

In reflecting, I realized that Matthew has figured out the value of Twitter and how to make it work for him.   He’s selective in what  he uses it for but  has made it an integral part of his learning and professional growth.  He truly has the right idea.  So kudos to you, my son, and a big thank you too.  You reintroduced me to the wonders of Twitter and I am committed to get back into it.  Not through immersion, but gradually, so I too, can  make it an integral part of my learning and professional growth.  Now the time is right.