Sharing content and ideas is a great thing to do and tools like Twitter allows it to be done despite of location. It really allows for people to come together without the barrier of flight costs or language to communicate and exchange ideas of interest. Two things happened within the last day that really solidified my love for this online tool.
The first is the image created above by Stacy Lord. She is a Middle School Art teacher that has been a part of my professional learning network for quite a while. We first met on Art Ed 2.0 Ning, started by Craig Roland, and have continued sharing ideas through Twitter. She created this AWESOME lego depiction of all of the people in our PLN. I love the fact that she took the time to make something as awesome and shared it online. I am honored that she included me in the professional community we participate in even though we have never met face-to-face. It was a great boost to my day and made me feel good on an otherwise snowy/slushy day.
The second thing that happened was the result of a classroom collaboration with Ian Sands, a High School Art Teacher from North Carolina. He tweeted that he needed some material for his students to animate. I, along with others, gave him links to our online galleries. The result were amazingly fun animations that my students LOVED seeing. I was so happy to see the reaction - everyone in the class was hoping to see theirs selected. It reminded students that when they make art, people are paying attention and even using it to make new art. The moment was truly priceless.
Neither of these things would have happened if it were not for Twitter and the connections I have made with great teachers from all over the place. So, as silly as it may seem to some, I do love Twitter. I am not afraid to say it because it has helped me do so many things through the connections with others - including how adorable I would be in Lego form...