10 days ago or so, while having my breakfast, I was checking my tweets. The tweets that come in overnight are mostly from the USA on one side of the world and Australia on the other. One of the Australian MFL Twitterati who I follow, @ykombi, had tweeted:
I had made a table comparing the French and English school systems for a podcast about La Rentrée, and so tweeted back:
Almost immediately I had a reply.
@ykombi sent me her email address via Twitter DM (Direct Message) and I emailed her the file, which she was able to adapt to the Australian system, as it is pretty similar to the English one.
That's just one example of why Twitter is great. You can ask something, however complex, and someone somewhere will do their best to help you out. The MFL Twitterati are so generous and supportive.
Then a few days later I read this tweet from the wonderful @wizenedcrone:
Having spoken to @bootleian via Flashmeetings and corresponded via email, I am a big fan, and cheekily asked @wizenedcrone if I could be a temp in her department so that I could attend the CPD day. And today I did attend the CPD day! It was not only an opportunity to meet up again with several of the north-east Twitterati, not only a chance to meet the great @bootleian, but also a chance to learn lots of new ideas and to meet and network with new MFL colleagues in the north-east. All in all a very profitable way to spend my day off. And another example of why Twitter is great. You get to find out about events that are happening not only in your area but all over the place. Even if you can't attend in person you can often attend virtually or catch up with the presentations afterwards via services such as Slideshare or peoples' blogs.
Twitter often gets a negative press, with many people thinking that it's just daft people telling anyone who will listen what they have had for their breakfast.
But for me it's much more than that. When I worked as a secondary AST, I was expected to at the forefront of MFL teaching, but rarely had the opportunity to find out what that forefront looked like. In my current role, I need to be at the cutting edge of primary language teaching. Thanks to my Twitter PLN I find out all I need to know and more.
So that's why I think that Twitter is great. What about you?