1. Hi Phil,
    I’ve really struggled trying to sell the benefits of Twitter to my colleagues. I’ve presented at a staff meeting and did a workshop at a district NID on building a PLN but still only two other staff members are on Twitter.

    I think time, interest, overcoming the fear of tech and priorities are the reasons why people aren’t signing up. I agree that time is a major factor. I know how much time I’ve invested in the last six months on twitter; it is considerable. Like you (and unlike my un-techie colleagues) I have an interest in technology and integrating it into my practice. Because of that, and because I’m not afraid of technology anymore, I’ve made it a priority in my professional practice. Convincing people to create a PLN and tweet really only seems to work when people have some intrinsic motivation to do so. It has to be relevant to them to spend the time to learn and use it.

    To answer your question, I would definitely show Twitter4Teachers and Twitter Lists. Also, finding a few solid people with similiar interests who have a good following and then going through who they follow and who follows them is also a good idea. TwitterTim.es will appeal to a certain group, probably those who habitually read online newspapers. Let me know if you have any major insights so that I can try them out on my colleagues!

    • Hi Errin.

      I’m not really sure why I’m not giving up on trying to sell my colleagues on building their own PLNs as it often feels like swimming against the current. Even the teachers that have signed up for Twitter haven’t really gotten through the initial stage of not following many people and not being followed by many, which makes the whole thing seem sort of useless. But I do think that the advent of Twitter Lists might change all that once enough good lists of enough good teachers in enough areas of interest get created and aggregated somewhere.

      I think you are right about TwitterTim.es appealing to a certain kind of person. I think that in general all of this pro-d stuff around technology needs to take into account that teachers, just like students all learn differently and will use technology in different ways.

      Thanks for reading (I always know that at least you will read what I write).

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