Six years on Twitter

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Mixes | 1 comment

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Six years ago today I joined Twitter.

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Like most people, it took me a while to figure out how to use it in a meaningful way, but when I did…

It is not an understatement to say that using Twitter has had an amazingly powerful impact on the course of my career as a teacher. I was planning on writing up a grand story or two about how exactly Twitter has changed everything for me, but I find in the moment as I sit down to type this that the immensity of it all overwhelms me. I’ll tell some of these stories some other time, but in this moment, I just want to give thanks.

I would be a much worse educator today without Twitter. Thank you to the many, many, many wonderful educators who have freely given me their time, advice, and answers over the past six years. Thank you for guiding me towards better pedagogy and better use of technology. Thank you for making it possible for me to move 300 miles and already have an amazing new job waiting for me. Thank you for helping make it possible for me to become a graduate professor. Thank you for connecting me with the most wonderful people that I have the good fortune to work with to launch a movement. Thank you for being a source of inspiration, intellectual discourse and challenge, hope, news, sadness, humor, joy, and friendship. Thank you for being messy and wonderful and confusing and amazing. Thank you for being you, for giving your time so freely, for making me think, and making me laugh. Thank you for supporting me when things were tough, and supporting me when things were great.

It’s been an amazing journey for me. I hope you can say the same.

 

 

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  1. Really dug this bit, Dan…

    You’re right: Twitter matters. I’d feel alone without it.

    Rock right on,
    Bill

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