As far as career growth and personal growth, this week has been a huge stepping stone for me. My agenda for the week was to join a PLN—personal learning network. A personal learning network is an informal network environment with learner interactions upon a desired topic. I focused my PLN on general elementary education tied with early childhood development. With this, I had to find 100+ people on Twitter who would be reliable, educational, and beneficial to my learning. Having said that, I was a little anxious to follow 100 more people on Twitter, since I could barely even follow all 15 or so classmates. In the process of doing this, it was a realization to me how much Twitter is used for more than just sharing how good your sandwich is or how slow traffic is. Finding 100 people to follow on Twitter relating to education is like mining—you must chip away all the crap to get to the good stuff.
I’ve learned through social media that the best (and easiest) way to lurk and checkout desired learning content is through hashtag (#). By including a hashtag in your social media posts, it can access a whole new digital world! It allows other uses to view posts incorporated with the hash tag (topic) and to spark discussions and ideas (hence: PLN). One challenge I found while searching for users dedicated towards education is the accuracy of their dedication. Some had politics and other government-related matters that I didn’t care for; I was strictly there for educational purposes only. Another challenge I faced was how often the user posted. Since I’m newly very active on Twitter, I wanted resources that I could access every time I checked my Twitter feed, besides posting new content once a month.
With discovering that Twitter is such an eye-opening source, this gives me an opportunity to collaborate and involve myself in discussions that will only add to my professional knowledge. In the Twitter share I provided, @Gary P. Lambert implies what it takes to be a good leader—a good follower, on social media!
— Gary P. Lambert (@Dir21KLearning) January 25, 2017
Although finding the right Twitter users to follow, it taught me how to find the right ones to follow. I know what to look for; and that’s the same career passion that I have about education. Bloggers, teachers, administrators, homeschool teachers, all the works. The more experience and knowledge I’m available to will only better me and my career.