Short, sweet and to the point, these 9 reasons to Twitter in schools is great. Some of the challenges, though, might include finding the answers to these questions for school administrators:
- Quality of ad-hoc personal learning networks may not be assured. Due to the diversity of linked learning, how do I know that the decisions you’re making regarding a topic are valid? I mean, if I come to an understanding of a concept or approach through research and you do it via testimonials, there’s a qualitatively different experience. How do I know YOUR experience measures up to mine and is as complete? What if MY network has smarter people in it than your’s? And, what about the claim that “experience doesn’t necessarily result in expertise?“
- Standardized, uniformity of learning may present an obstacle. I mean, while you and I know that just-in-time Twitter-powered professional learning is great, how can you ensure uniformity of instruction? Since every personal learning network (PLN), or call it an academic or professional learning network, is different simply because of who you network with, there’s no standardization, no uniformity. That’s an idea professional development folks have to let go of. We’ve been doing synchronized learning for so long….
Of course, both of those objections don’t hold up over time and scrutiny. But is there any research that says so or will our experiences as educators in the Twittersphere be enough to overturn the biases? In the meantime, I whole-heartedly agree with the following 9 reasons shared by Laura Walker.