â€œIt must be nice to be a superintendentâ€¦ and have all that time to Tweet.â€Â Iâ€™ve heard this a few times and, maybe because Iâ€™m a sensitive guy, sometimes I just get the feeling that people (especially school administrators) are thinking it.
I was talking to a principal from another district while at a meeting in Vancouver a few weeks back.Â We follow each other on Twitter and it was nice to meet face-to-face.Â At one point he said, â€œI think itâ€™s really cool that you have a Twitter account.Â I canâ€™t convince my superintendent that itâ€™s worth the time.â€
I couldnâ€™t help but wonder if his superintendent said, â€œIt must be nice to be a principalâ€¦ and have all that time to Tweet.â€
Personally, I think that Twitter is the best professional learning network that I have yet to be a part of.Â Strangely enough, I still feel guilty if I check Twitter during the workday so most of my tweeting, re-tweeting and blog reading happens in the evenings and on weekends.Â I am, however, beginning to realize that the learning and sharing is too important to relegate to late nights and early mornings.Â Iâ€™m close (but not there yet) to building “twitterâ€ and â€œblogâ€ time into my regular working hours.
Chris Wejr (@mrwejr) wrote a great piece in the December issue of the BCPVPAâ€™s Adminfo magazine called â€œOn Becoming Connectedâ€.Â It outlines several reasons why social media has so much potential in the field of education.Â In fact, the article makes so much sense that I may even Tweet a few times during the day without feeling guilty.
Check it out: Dec11AdminfoWejr