I had the pleasure of speaking about “Curating and Cultivating a Virtual Community of Writers” with the members of the Chester County Reading Association (CCRA) this afternoon. I talked about the ways blogging, microblogging, other digital technologies (e.g., Skype, Google Drive) allow teacher-writers to interact with each other worldwide.
Twitter is the technology I focused on most with the members of CCRA. Initially, I was resistant to sign up for a Twitter account. Once I began Tweeting — and got my sea legs! — I came to appreciate the way Twitter helped me connect with other writers. If you’re not on Twitter yet, consider thinking about your purpose before you get started. Having a purpose can help you cultivate a PLN or find like-minded individuals with the same interests as you.
Once you figure out why you’re going to use Twitter, it helps to:
These are two slides from a large PPT I shared. In lieu of sharing my presentation, I’m sharing the handout I provided to CCRA participants. It contains links to some of the information I provided, plus articles and other resources for interacting with other teacher-writers online. I hope it’ll provide those of you who are blogging and microblogging newbies with the resources you need to get started. For anyone who is a seasoned blogger or Twitter user, I hope you find some new, interesting people to follow, articles to read, or things to think about among the links in the handout.
I’m wondering: how have blogging and microblogging helped you grow as a writer? How has having a PLN helped you as well? AND IF YOU ARE NEW TO blogging and/or microblogging, how can those of us here at TWT help you get started? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).