For the past few weeks I have been following folks that I met at ISTE15 on Twitter, joining-in on conversations and adding more and more interesting people to my Personal Learning Network (PLN).
Although the speed of traditional twitter chats is much to fast for me to process (reaching ~2000 tweets/hr), I have been using Tweetdeck to sift through chats after the fact. Some of my favorite chats so far are #edtechchat, #flipclass, #pblchat, #nt2t, #edchat, #GAFEchat, #biochat and (shameless plug) #slowAandPchat:
In trolling through these chats, I have read a lot of thoughtful, provocative and informative tweets. Subsequently I have followed those authors and am building-up my new PLN. I am finding that teachers (or educators, facilitators, blah blah blah - I don't spend time squabbling over semantics) are having similar issues across the US (and probably throughout the globe). EduTweeters are quick to provide alternatives, solutions and support, even at 1 am. While I enjoy, respect and turn to my face-to-face colleagues in school, it is pretty freaking cool to be able to reach-out for help 24/7 and get help from a virtually unlimited pool of helpful folk.
It's better than cool, it's my new PLN and source for professional development.