If you are not connected on Social Media, I highly recommend it. The platform that I have benefited the most from has been Twitter. Building a strong group of people that you follow is an incredible way to develop professionally. A couple years ago I felt that I was one person, on an island, trying to come up with innovative ideas for the classroom. Now, I feel that I have a support group of thousands of passionate educators that share their ideas daily. Wow!!! This has been amazing. I have learned more in the past year on Twitter than I did while earning my Masters' Degree in Education (by far).
I wanted to share a couple posts every once in a while that I think are "must read" links that I received on Twitter. Today I have three that I want to share:
#1 - This post is only relevant to you if you use Twitter. If you do not use Twitter, you should. This is a post that I saw from David Hochheiser (@DavidHochheiser) about how to use TWEETDECK. I believe that tools such as TweetDeck are necessary in order to get the full experience from a social media website such as Twitter. His tutorial with pictures is superb. http://goo.gl/sIliLw
#2 - This article, tweeted out by Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) is THOUGHT PROVOKING. I have goose bumps reading this stuff! Love it! Check out what Zappos is doing. In a day and age when almost everyone is afraid to try something wonderfully innovative because it has the potential to fail, this is big time!!! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2014/01/03/zappos-gets-rid-of-all-managers//?print=1
#3 - Last, but definitely not least: This post which was tweeted out by Scott McLeod (@mcleod) - all I can say is AMEN. I hope people start stepping up SOON. http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2014/01/less-submissiveness-more-voice.html
As long as we are at it, if you have time for a PHENOMENAL 6-minute video....watch this. If you do not have time for a 6-minute video, you need to loosen up your schedule a little.