At the 2011 KOTESOL International Conference I had the great pleasure to see an amazing presentation by Chuck Sandy. You can see it here. I will wait.
As @JosetteLB details, Chuck spent a brief moment in time talking about Twitter in relation to community. He encouraged the audience to join Twitter. Because Chuck’s presentation was so powerful and I was so inspired by his talk about community I decided to give it a try. This experiment was done with the “healthy skepticism” that some people consider typical of me. I treated it very much like an experiment and gave myself a month. If I didn’t love it and get a lot out of it I would be done.
Well, here I am a year (and 7,000 tweets) later and I am ready to say that I am a believer. I fully consider the experiment a success and I am thrilled with the results. I am now part of an amazing and dynamic community (or perhaps part of many communities) online. It has been a fantastic experience.
This is not to say that it was always perfect. I can say that I surely experienced my share of frustrations being on Twitter including things like:
- asking a question and getting no response
- feeling that my questions were belittled by others.
- feeling that others didn’t fully read my thoughts before judging them
- the tyranny of 140 characters
- making crazy typos
- the speed and chaos involved in Twitter chats
- my phone battery dying as a result of too many tweets
- lack of sleep as a result of playing on Twitter late into the night
Even with these mostly minor annoyances the experience has been overwhelming positive. I think the main reason is the incredible people I have met on Twitter since I joined. One day, while thinking about this amazing group of people that I have met I thought it would be fun to do a Pecha Kucha talking about some of the people I met on twitter. With some encouragement from others I finally decided to go through with it. The video is below. PLN, by the way, stands for Personal Learning Network. Rather than define it, I thought it might be helpful to just share some people in mine.
By choosing just a certain amount of specific people, this is necessarily limiting. That was not my intention. I think it is a bit crass/rude/strange to just choose a few people but I felt that talking about some people was better than talking about no people. I apologize to all the other wonderful people that I didn’t talk about. Another thing to keep in mind is that people listed are people I didn’t know last year and didn’t meet face to face before I met them on Twitter. Here is the video.
I truly hope I captured everyone and everything accurately.
I also want to mention that this was my first PK!
Some additional notes:
I feel like I didn’t do @ben_naismith justice because he never actually said that he was against ICQs. He just wrote a brilliant blog post about them. His post included what I think is the best line I have ever seen in an ELT blog. You have to click here to see it (it’s the first line).
Hanieh (@haniehak) is pronounced /hʌnɪe/
I am sure I missed something else, so I apologize for that as well.
Thanks to everyone for making this such a special year.
Special thanks to go @josetteLB for encouraging, recording, editing, posting and probably 10 more things.
Finally, for those of you that wanted to add people in the PK but didn’t quite manage to type out the handles, here is the list.