One day in 2009 my husband asked me to join Twitter in order to promote his music project. Little did I know on that day in December, that this social media medium would breathe new life into my educational practices. Lucky me!
During my initial foray into this fast, furious and free world of information sharing, he and I talked a great deal about ways to become active online. One of the many things that we discussed were “the numbers”:
- The number of followers;
- The number following;
- The number of updates;
- The number of retweets & modified tweets;
- The number of mentions;
- Klout scores;
& herein comes my “thought” for the day:
The more I play and learn on Twitter, the more magically meaningless these numbers become … & for teachers, it’s not about the numbers. I truly believe that this is one of the many magnificent things that makes our teacher presence online different from some others – it’s really not about the numbers …. It’s really about the kids after all.
The number of followers that teachers have, their Klout scores, etc. become increasingly irrelevant and uninteresting as time marches on.
If we are learning and sharing; if we are inspired and inspirational; if we are connected and connecting; if we come across cool things and are spreading the wealth … well, that’s all that matters …