At the beginning of my ECMP 455 class I was really unsure about why I had bothered to sign up for Twitter. I would check it as much as I would check our class Ning, Facebook and my email. Every time I logged on I got really overwhelmed and gave up for a little bit. I thought there was no way I would be able to offer what some of the people I was following did. It seemed everyone I was following had something to share with each tweet and anything I shared was more of a what I am doing at the moment kind of statement. From conversations I have had with avid Twitter users I don’t believe that tweeting about what you are doing at a specific moment is the point behind using Twitter.
However, as time went on I started to see the benefits of using Twitter to develop my personal learning network and as a way to develop a ‘support network’ of pre-service teachers like myself. I see how Twitter can be used as a great way to interact with other educators and learn from those who are very involved in using technology in the classroom. I do believe the best way to learn is from experience and what better way to learn than from others who have worked through what I will experience in my future classroom. I have learned about many tools such as Flavors.Me where I created my own flavors.me/nicolejreeve page and received help from people almost instantly through inserting a couple of #hashtags into my tweets. This was where I started to see all that Twitter has to offer.
Even though I see the benefits of Twitter I still struggle with wanting to continue using it. I find it very overwhelming to see how often people tweet. I feel like I have learned to embrace technology both in my personal life and educational practices but I struggle with feeling like I need to tweet all the time or need to always have something to share. To be honest I feel like why bother tweeting if I am not tweeting several times a day or every day at all for that matter. Maybe this is just me not fully embracing Twitter, I really don’t know but I still have this uneasy feeling about it. I feel like if I truly embrace it as I see others doing I will have my cellphone attached to me at all times and I really don’t see this as something I want. Does this mean I should not use Twitter at all? Is it alright if I only tweet every once in awhile? I would find it interesting to hear what others have to say about this. I am kind of at a stand still with Twitter right now but don’t really want to give up on it either. Help me out if you can!