Yesterday, this tweet from Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) caught my attention.
What a simple, yet powerful idea! I was finally able to get all of the teachers at my building to use Twitter, but I never could win over my administrators. I am going to go build each of them an account this morning. I think we all need to remember that the reason so many people quit Twitter is because they don’t see any value in it. Why? My guess is that they are simply not following the right people. The “right” people will differ for everyone. If you are anything like me you have been building your PLN for a very long time and it is constantly changing. I invest a lot of time in my PLN because I know how much I will gain from it, but how many administrators do you know of who have the time to spend months establishing a solid PLN?
My strategy? I am going to work backwards through the list of people I follow. Why backwards? Because those are the people who I have been following for the longest and I know the most about. I will list the people I have picked on a blog post later as well as a brief explanation of why I picked them. I hope lots of people take Tom’s advice and do this for their administrators. I would advise being very careful when creating their account that you keep it private and you let them fill out their profile. This account might become a large part of their digital identity. They deserve to be the ones to write up the information about them that appears in public. However, I fully plan on “pimping” my principal’s page. He is an avid golfer so I have some ideas of what to do for his background.
Would you like to be added to my list or do you have any suggestions for who should be added to the list? If you do please leave a comment.