Twitter is such an interesting mixed bag of tricks. What I love about it is the briefness. Sometimes the facebook rants seem to go on for hours, but it just isn't an issue in Twitter. Over the last few weeks, I have reminded myself why I have always loved twitter. I have friends that have made their careers from this social media outlet. There consistent posting and their focus as created for them a crowd of followers that now expect to learn from their expertise. This morning, I jumped on, fully expecting to see a bunch of random posts that would force me to move on. Today, I spent an hour just reading. My first big score was learning that google has now added a QR reader into their app. This made my day. We use these for all kinds of things at school and the only thing that would be better is for the iphone camera to start reading them. I found teachers posting their classroom activities and of course, political rants, but this morning, I learned a lot. Some days, it just isn't that way, but today was a good day. Another great find was tsom eof the upcoming sessions at TCEA next week. I had to post and ask who in my class was going to be there in hopes that we could meet up. I haven't heard back from anyone yet, but I can't wait to attend.
One last thing that I wanted to share this week is my love for Buffer. Buffer is a scheduling app for social media. It allows me to schedule the posts when I want them to go out and I can do it long in advance. So, if I am leading a twitter chat, I can pre-schedule the question release so that I can actually participate in the conversation. If I am posting the questions and trying to participate too, it can be overwhelming. Buffer changes that. I also love that it will post to multiple social media and I can post as much as I want. So, if I am posting a lot in short spurts, but would rather spread them out, I can do that with buffer by just hitting that schedule button as I go. The only down side I have found is that if I am using it to schedule email and I need to change something, I have inadvertently sent the email at the time I was fixing instead of putting it back into schedule mode. Regardless, I love the app and pay for it so that I can use it regularly. Being an instructional technology director, I schedule most of my emails so that I don't overwhelm my staff and so they can expect the emails at the same time every week.
A wife, mother, teacher, life-long learner and an avid runner.