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8th May 2015 at 01:00

Twitter at its best: a 140-character reference

CPD is a multifaceted thing and so is Twitter. So are the two compatible in a 140-character limit? I wouldn't say I use Twitter for CPD in the traditional sense. However, in terms of maintaining a PLN (personal learning network) it is very useful. I'm never sure who my "followers" are, but I can rest assured that if I tweet some information or raise an issue, it's very useful.

As a physics teacher, I have access to an email network called Sputnik run by the Institute of Physics. Literally hundreds of physics teachers in Scotland are signed up to this. If I have a technical physics question, it's my first port of call.

However, only physics teachers are allowed on the network. If I have a more general teaching question on, say, methodology or pedagogy, then Twitter is where it's at as I will get a response from other (non-physicist) colleagues who include professional university pedagogues as well as other informed commentators. It's fortunate that much of the misuse of social media can be controlled by blocking or muffling non-interested tweeters.

Owing to the 140-character limit, it can take a few tweets to get what you're after, but you can perhaps follow up in more depth by email so it's a good starting point. In this respect, the two systems I use are complementary to each other.

Nick Forwood

Head of the science faculty, Fortrose Academy

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