“No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny.
You make your own future.” President Barack Obama
Back to School Event, Arlington, VA September 8, 2009
Lets Get It On
Much has happened since you have read a current post here on Asphalt Check. But rather than bore you with the details of my life I find it more important to ask forgiveness for being unaccountable to my readers. I messed up by not blogging for more than five months to date.
Though I can’t promise I’ll be crafting daily post, I will commit to regular post that serve to inspire and enlighten my followers with truthful thoughts on building meaningful relationships with other educators so that your ability to provide high end educational services grows weekly (also see @K12Live on Twitter).
As many of you know I launched my first eBook Series out of Empowering Basics University this summer titled, Stop Crying in the Restroom [it ain’t that deep]: A Guide to Effective Goal Setting for Any Teacher on a Mission. Well if you were not following these free weekly downloads fret not. You’re probably smarter than most and waited until my endless editing was exhausted from the experiment encouraged by mentor and social media strategist David Meerman Scott, author of World Wide Rave.
Everyone can find the complete series assembled into one “no strings attached” eBook here.
I believe this Guide to Effective Goal Setting represents a body of seamless essays, videos, and teacher blog experts that speak directly to the heart of problem solving fears we all face in classrooms with challenging situations. Download Stop Crying and start Effectively Setting Your Goals today and create more time to do what you LOVE. . . Teaching.
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“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration . . and expectation..” Jack Nicklaus
This is How it’s Suppose to Work
Collaboration, Exploration, and things like Networking are far more rich experiences when they are built on a conduit that connects people. And, although, I find connecting offline way more satisfying than sitting in front of a computer screen or my Blackberry. Twitter is an excellent connector of conversation, people, and their ideas. I always expected Twitter to deliver, because, so many in my PLN (person learning network) said it could. Now it’s paying off.
Exchanges like this thread below demonstrate one of the unlimited ways to have gratifying experiences @K12Live on Twitter:
Note: I experimented with Twitter for many weeks before the micro blogosphere opened it’s galaxy and rained down on me.
Time Well Spent
Discovering your own voice or style of connecting with people on Twitter is going to take time to figure out for most of us. So, hang in there if you are new to the family.
When I first began using Twitter (in Jan. of 2009) I was eight weeks into it and still wondering whether or not I was wasting my time. Then it was another month before I was able to hear my Twitter voice speak from my thoughts through the keyboard of my smart phone.
Well it’s been several months, many blog post and books on the subject, and a thousand tweets later. Now days I follow my tweeps as we say using Twitterberry and HootSuite from my application client Mozilla brower tricked out with Don Hollings Twittin Secrets Toolbar. Twitter life became even more beautiful with Echofon (originally Twitterfox) a sweet compliment to Facebook’s sidebar add-on.
Facebook’s Virtual Coffee for Revolutionaries
On my regular Monday conference call with Facebook group Virtual Coffee for Revolutionaries I mentioned that I didn’t see it possible to define social media tools like Twitter in definitive terms. I am a teacher, but I’m much more of a student filled with lots of inquiry and observation data. And my notes reveal that engaged Twitter users usually find new levels of appreciation when there’s an exchange of instant information needed to solve some sort of problem. However, I imagine the creativity of Twitter users as a networking application will open up near future possibilities far beyond our current imagination of how to use it.
Start reducing the confusion of building your personal learning network by experimenting with great online application clients [mentioned above]. Then invest time into learning how each tool works in order to leverage them effectively.
For Those Who Have Ears to Hear
My advice is to approach social media slow, the way a scientist collects data from her experiments. Teachers are privileged to private information. So, be quick to listen, twice as slow to speak, and even slower to bite off more than you can chew.
As always please comment and share.
How are you using Twitter? Which web applications and add-ons are working best for you at this time?
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