Twitter Makes Us All People

I remember back in 2010 when I attended my first ECOO Conference. I was star struck! Here were all of these amazing people that I follow and learn with online, and I was meeting them in person. It was incredible! Honestly, I questioned why these people would even want to talk to me. I felt like nothing compared to them. I often still feel this way … but then I remember something: Twitter connects us, and makes these “stars” a very “human” part of our PLN (Personal Learning Network).

Today was a perfect example of this for me. This afternoon, I was thrilled when I saw that Mark Barnes, the author of Role Reversal, commented on my Storify Story from yesterday. I read and blogged about Mark’s book this summer, and I was in awe that he noticed and responded to what I was doing in class.

2013-11-13_20-34-01I was then further surprised when he tweeted me.

2013-11-13_20-37-21At this point, I wrote Mark back and thanked him for the support! Well this came with another incredible surprise — a tweet with an exciting message!

2013-11-13_20-39-22It was at this point that I paused to think: only on Twitter would authors of professional resources interact with teachers and share learning so openly. That’s what makes social media amazing: it connects us and with people that we never thought possible. I learned a lot from reading Mark’s book, and now I get to learn from him more online!

Yes, to me Mark is a star, but he’s a person too, and I’m glad to have him as a part of my PLN. What star struck experiences have you had thanks to social media? How has Twitter helped “humanize” the “stars?” I’d love to hear about your experiences!


4 thoughts on “Twitter Makes Us All People

  1. You have such interesting connections on Twitter, Aviva! I am certainly not as accomplished as you are at connecting with people, but I understand what you are saying. Twitter is very humanizing – we are all only worthy of 140 characters. No one is on a stage. I like learning from everyone. I would turn your ideas around. You talk about how great it is to connect with the stars…I like that it offers the opportunity for me to learn from people I wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see or hear. I appreciate those “stars” too, but I can always pick up their book or hear their presentation. It is the teacher in a school with only their twitter PLN to leverage that I find so interesting.

    • Thanks for your comment, Kristi! As usual, you pushed my thinking. The truth is that many of the “stars” I speak about here and in my last post are the amazing teachers in different schools that I never get a chance to communicate with and/or learn from in any different way. When I went to ECOO the first time in 2010, these “stars” with people like Danika Barker, Rodd Lucier, Jamie Weir, Colin Harris, Andy Forgrave, and many others. I don’t think that any of these people have written books, but they’re all incredible educators, and I felt as though I was “star gazing” just the same.


  2. Aviva, you are a star on the rise. More important, you are turning kids into stars. Thanks for all your amazing work. I’m going to be in touch in the future, when I need content for my next book on student-centered, progressive learning.

    • Wow! Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I really appreciate your support, and I definitely appreciate how much your last book, ROLE REVERSAL, helped me reconsider the use of inquiry, project-based learning, and descriptive feedback in the classroom. I’d be honoured to share some information with you for your next book on a topic that I’m passionate about for sure!


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