With limited Twitter experience beyond my initial "tweets" of my Connected Journey blog posts, I believe I have a better understanding of the purpose of this social networking tool. My initial thoughts were that it was yet another Facebook or MySpace, and from my "hashtag" searches it is evident that to some it absolutely is. However, to others, it is a great tool of sharing and networking ideas and skills to anyone who has the interest. I think "#edchat" is great, and I have intentions of learning more about the Question Formulation Technique that Andrew Sams pulled up on his Twitter search with his demonstration video. I have sinced Googled this technique and plan on doing more research on it. I would love to use this type of strategy to help my students become better thinkers.
My struggle using Twitter was attempting to find decent "hashtag" searches beyond "edchat." The Twitter search would be much easier to navigate if it had a similar function as Google, that as you began typing in your search suggested links appear. I tried "#bio" and "#biology" and just found rants from frustrated college students. I tried "biologyteaching" and got nothing. I even tried "#biolearning" and got nothing. Those are just to name a few of the many hashtags I have tried to come up with over the past week. I think I've spent more time trying to think of hashtags than finding any meaningful information. However, I am not giving up! I want to master this Twitterverse, and have full intentions of further familiarizing myself with this potentially awesome tool. This is just the beginning!
Anyone reading this blog have suggested great "hashtags" to search? I would love to be able to use Twitter to expand my teaching/learning horizons, so I welcome all suggestions!