Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Twitter Success! Yay!

Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson
Wilson was the Joseph Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

Legendary Biologist E.O. Wilson Held Global Town Hall Today

I am so excited!  At the beginning of the school year I embarked on a rather lofty venture; introduce my teachers to the power of building a PLN (Professional Learning Network) with Twitter.  Little by little, as teachers make connections, the value of Twitter as a place for professionals to connect is being realized.  

Today, however, was what I want to see as a watershed moment.  Our International Baccalaureate Biology teacher, Mary Dalrymple, and our International Baccalaureate Director and English teacher, Davis Thompson, had their classes join in the live Town Hall Meeting today with Legendary Biologist E. O. Wilson.  A student in the class tweeted a question thinking that his would just be lost in the shuffle. Surprisingly, at the end of the Town Hall Meeting, E. O Wilson's last question was from our Auburn High School student!  The students and teachers were so excited about being mentioned.  It was the perfect opportunity to point out how Twitter can connect you to professionals you otherwise would never have the opportunity to connect, communicate, and learn with....all for FREE!  I mean, where else would you ever be able to converse with a Harvard Biologist other than on Twitter?!

I can go home tonight knowing that a valuable lesson about the power of Twitter has been learned and will be spread by word of mouth by our students and teachers.  This is hopefully the spark that lights the fire!  Keep your fingers crossed.

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