It’s been one year since I quit Twitter. Mostly.
After having been actively engaged on the platform since 2007, I discovered that I really don’t miss it as much as I thought I would.
This post started as a Twitter thread but, as I was writing, it seemed more appropriate as a rant here on the blog, both because of the subject matter and the increasing length. Feel free to bail out now.
According toÂ Jim Docherty, assistant secretary of theÂ Scottish Secondary Teachers Association, teachers in that country should follow his advice.
First thing is don’t bother telling anybody else about your social life. Nobody is interested about your social life and it doesn’t help.
Oh, but he has more…
Secondly, never make any comment about your work, about your employer, about teaching issues in general.
We have many teachers, administrators, and politicians in the US who’ve adopted the same philosophy. Maybe that’s why nothing in education ever seems to change.
According to yet another study by the folks at the Pew Internet and American Life Project (do they ever sleep?), blogging has “peaked”, at least when it comes to the “millennial” generation.
However, the researchers note that “while the act formally known as blogging seems to have peaked, internet users are doing blog-like things in other online spaces as they post updates about their lives, musings about the world, jokes, and links on social networking sites and micro-blogging sites”.
So, maybe this is a good time to just dump the term “blog”, which Wired calls an “ugly-duckling word that’s never had a real definition”, and instead work with the larger concept of how people communicate their ideas online through a growing number of multiple channels.
It’s also way past time that we in education began helping kids (and not a few teachers) understand how and why to intelligently craft their online personalities, whatever you call the process.