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06.25

Gifted Education and Twitter: How Social Networking Can Propel Advocacy and Learning – Part I

If you’re a proponent of gifted and talented (GT) education, a parent interested in gifted issues, a teacher who believes in visionary methods, a charter school enthusiast, education reformist, private gifted school administrator, GT association board member and/or a university professor offering a summer program for gifted students, please accept my warm welcome! You are about to enter a post on the Twitosphere.

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For those of you who tweet (post Twitter updates) regularly, I applaud you. Feel free to read along and add your own savvy recommendations and comments. Today, I will offer some basic tips – an “Intro to Tweeting” of sorts – for those who are mystified, intimidated and/or perhaps uncertain about how Twitter might fit into their already busy lives.

Before getting into specifics, though, I would like to offer three reasons to “Tweet for Gifted Education”:

  • Connections
  • Learning
  • Advocacy

The opportunity for impact is significant. Twitter’s traffic continues to grow at an incredible rate. Recent numbers show this microblogging service now attracts nearly 14 million visitors in the U.S. alone (Nielsen Online, March ’08) (taken from Mashable blog). That number is growing daily.

The beauty of Twitter is its customization features. You can choose to follow celebrities, foodies, politicians, sports fans, news organizations and/or friends. And (drum roll please), you also can choose to follow individuals and organizations passionate about gifted education.

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