Friday, May 6, 2011

Social Networking and Learning

When I first joined the social networking scene, I did so only because I was visiting Alfie Kohn's website and saw that he was using Twitter. At the time I didn't really have a clue what Twitter was even about, but if joining meant I might get further insight into what authors like Kohn were reading, thinking or saying, then I thought it was worth the effort.

It's been almost two years since I joined Twitter and a year-and-a-half since I started blogging, and it's been by far the greatest professional development I've ever participated in.

I've learned a lot from others, and I like to think that I've given back in a way that has allowed others to learn a little from me.


  1. Joe,
    I've enjoyed following your thoughts on education. I just recently started a blog ( and it has been both thrilling and challenging to organize my thoughts and put them "out" there for the world to read. I'm not sure if anybody cares what I write, but I think I will grow more from organizing my thoughts than worrying about others. I just read Steve Pressfield's book "Do the Work" and decided that I should just do SOMETHING and go from there!

    It's amazing that social networking allows us to follow the thoughts of the people we most respect and desire to learn from. It truly is amazing.

    Thanks for the thoughts you share.

  2. Your comments echo my own thoughts. Through social networking I follow your thoughts, and I do respect them and learn from you. The forum has many other voices I attend to with less dedication and more qualified response. Social networking allows us to tap into a general conversation that we would otherwise be deaf to. I think I would be lost without it now.


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