Originally, when this 30 Days was started, Day 7 fell on a Friday. Even though it’s not Friday, let’s talk about it. The idea of Follow Friday is basically that you recommend other people to follow, and you can use the hashtag #FollowFriday or #FF to see who others recommend to follow.
In the education world of Twitter based users, Doug Peterson (@dougpete) always lists Active Ontario Educators on Fridays:
This past Friday (and a few others before), I was delighted (but surprised) to find my twitter name listed in Doug’s #FollowFriday tweet. Doug is an active learner, who loves to share with others. He recommends the followers, and you can decide if you want to follow them or not. In building your PLN, find those people whose posts you relate to or learn from, and if they recommend followers, check them out because it might be a connection that you would have never found on your own.
Using Twitter to Attend Virtual Conferences
If you have followed me at all (or read my first blog post in May “My Journey to Being a Connected Learner“), you might know that the turning point in my “connected career” happened in late April, 2015 when I was unable to attend the #SELNO conference held in Thunder Bay. I wanted to attend this conference terribly and I felt this was a great next step in my learning, but I needed to stay in my school. Thanks to my amazing network (@kmaenpaa, @fryed, @wallwins), I was able to connect virtually and participate through Hangout, Twitter and Periscope (@periscopeco) to “meet” and hear some of George Couros’ messages. (I got to say hello to George and was front and centre for his Keynote – for as long as the WIFI connection co-operated)
Although I didn’t get to be at the conference, I followed along by using the #SELNO twitter hashtag (when anyone at the conference tweeted and used #SELNO, I could follow along virtually in real time). I was also able to go back later to see what I missed. It was an amazing opportunity where I realized that I had a choice to sit back and do nothing or I could learn using the innovative technology that we have to connect us from afar. I even got a mention in @WallwinS’s #Selno Storify sharing (Storify – another tool I would like to learn about).
Now, when I see my “twitter friends” mentioning common hashtags (#yrdsbquest , #bit15, #gafesummit) or I know about a conference, I can follow along and go back to participate in the sharing and learning that happened. As a busy educator wanting to learn, being able to do it from your own building or community when travel isn’t an option, is a great thing to be able to do.
Have you ever followed a conference on twitter? Do you ever ‘tweet’ from your workshops or conferences so others can learn from you?