Reflecting on Two Years of Twitter.
Simply put, I thrive on branching out from what I already know and sharing what I've learned or general thoughts with children, families and communities I work with. I am learning every time I read my time line or interact with a follower or a post that seems interesting. That’s why I’ve remained a “Tweeter”. I want quick snippets of information that I can make note of and go back to later for more in depth info. This is twitter for me. I go down lots of rabbit paths, learn unintentional things, open new doors and bring it all back to what I do as a nurse, parent and community member.
How Did Twitter Start At Richmond Middle School?
The initial venture into twitter began with then Vice Principal and now Principal @mlepene and then Media Specialist @rickshawlibrary at our middle school (www.richmondmiddleschool.org). Both were enthusiastically supporting twitter as a learning tool and a way to connect with community, professionals and well….The World. I was shocked. This kind of encouragement was progressive. The most I’ve seen about educators and/or health care professionals and social media were policies and employee contracts stating what one may NOT do. Personally I’ve yet to see a guideline or policy on “How to Promote What You Do via Social Media”. I like this positive spin and think that our teaching staff using twitter are well on their way to creating this path. Leaders who promote learning beyond meetings, conferences and encourage staff to explore the networks beyond walls and seats, Thank you.
Notes From Two Years of Tweeting As A Nurse
I kept a paper notebook for two years and jotted down anything that seemed noteworthy while tweeting. Here are a few highlights in a random readers digest like style.
-Twitter consists of concise, abbreviated thoughts and ideas
-Tweet chats. You might be surprised by who joins in. Patients, students, teachers, families, administrators, anyone, everyone. It gets interesting. My brain spins for days with thoughts after an intriguing chat. Different from conferences where say everyone is a doctor or a nurse. So many perspectives!
-Hash tag (#) makes it easy to follow groups, ideas, and topics. Sometimes I’ll use the search button this way to follow topics I’m curious about.
-Fast Information. Really fast.
-Create lists so that you can quickly scan certain groups. I currently have two lists going. One is RMS Staff and the other is USA school nurses.
-Learn how to block and/or report people. Just like anything, be prepared. It happens.
-Network. Interact. Reflect. Ask Questions
-Follow other disciplines besides your own. Learn from others. Reach outside the comfort zone.
To Tweet or Not To Tweet?
From a personal and professional experience over a two year period. I can say “Thumbs up”. Tweet with the knowledge and professionalism that you already display at work everyday. The Rabbit Paths of learning await you.
Ps. Thank You RMS Staff for extending the learning beyond the walls! @RMSHanover, @mlepene, @RMSYates, @rmsguidance, @pdiddydodds, @anissaVT, @batkinson_PE, @RMSPhysicalEdu, @Joshhall953, @cbalch, @JoDeLora, @JoanneR123, @rmsnurse