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Testing the temperature of the Twitter Water

I recently added myself to the Twitter nation as a newbie.  I never saw the value in posting trivial information about this and that, but when my current professor required us to get on Twitter and use it to our advantage, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't use Twitter to update my followers on my recent 7-11 visit or my latest viewing of The Vampire Diaries," but rather I use it to keep updated on the latest teaching practices.  This afternoon I joined the #edchat forum for tuesdays.  I thought there would be one overriding questions, but there were many.  I found myself jumping from this post and that post.  Some were dated, but others were up to the minute with posts.  The one I found interesting was one about creativity dying after primary school.  Two of the people posting had opposite viewpoints, but it was clear that they were talking about the same solution but in different ways.  I thought the posts were meaningful, but not substantial.  The Twitter parameters prevent anyone from going in depth. I think a full spectrum forum would better serve some of these topic ideas, but I can see where Twitter allows for quick and concise wording to get a point across.  I followed one thread, "creativity is nurtured, not taught. The very act of "teaching" creativity destroys it. Where two gentlemen went back and forth on the idea of creativity and structure.  I thought the thread was great because i saw both sides of the coin, but had to agree with the guy who said in order for creativity to thrive, some sort of structure must be in place.  I think this is especially true for say a company like Apple. 

Now that I'm in the Twitter nation, I think I can get used to watching these threads and giving my two cents went needed.  I think I want to increase my following list.  I'll try and increase it to about fifty and that will be my limit.  I want to make sure I  follow the big whips who have tons of cool tips and ask the really tough questions surrounding our current state of education.

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