Thursday, June 23, 2011
All Write!!! Consortium Summer Institute-Reflection #1: The Power of Twitter
Last year, I spoke at the 2010 All Write Summer Institute. It was an amazing institute and I realized that Indiana was not so far away from Ohio and that I should pay attention to all of the events they sponsored so that I could attend. This year, I got to attend the 2011 All Write Summer Institute as a participant. But here is the incredible thing--I attended with a huge group of friends, many of them were Twitter friends. A group of us on Twitter decided that this year's conference looked like an amazing line-up of speakers and that we would all meet there to learn together. The more a few of us talked, the more others joined in. Our tweeps came from all over. Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) came from Texas. Teresa Bunner (@RdngTeach) flew in from North Carolina. Mindi Rench (@mindi_r) came from Chicago. Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) and Paul Hankins (@PaulWHankins) drove in. Our Dublin crew included Mary Lee Hahn (@maryleehahn), Katie DiCesare (@Katiedicesare), Tony Keefer (@tonykeefer), Deb Tyo (@ChocolateAir), Meredith Young (@mereou), and two friends who are not yet on Twitter (but who hopefully will be soon.) We also met a new Ohio Twitter friend, Stephanie Shouldis (@WizardOzTeacher). Ruth Ayers (@ruth_ayres) is part of the All Write Consortium and it was so fun to have a chance to see her and to be part of her community. If you are on Twitter, I would follow every one of these amazing people. If you are not on Twitter, you are missing out on some great learning from so many smart educators.
I can't tell you how wonderful it was to be with this group of people in person. I have learned so much from each of them through Twitter and online but to be sitting at a table, eating lunch together, talking books, family and stuff was amazing. Such smart, thoughtful people. At one point, I was looking at the rows of my Twitter friends in a keynote and was struck by how incredible this was. The fact that we somehow all connected on Twitter and then somehow came to learn and hang out together at All Write. Without social media, I would never have had the opportunity to learn from this group. WOW!!!
More reflections to come!