“Visibility Creates Accountability”

Often when I am doing workshops on social media in education, I start off the day asking how many people are on Twitter in the room.  More and more hands are going up in education, and people are starting to see it.

Without any prompting or even teaching how to use Twitter, throughout the day, I ask if people signed up during the day and usually several hands go up.

So why is that?

I think a lot of it has to do with the beginning of the day and seeing how many other educators are using Twitter and raising their hands.  Those hands create both a pressure and curiosity in educators that they want to check it out for themselves.  As I discussed this yesterday in my workshop, one of the participants summarized it up in a single tweet:

I loved that thought. So simple yet so powerful.

The more we start showing what is happening in classrooms, and the more visible it becomes, the more I hope it sparks that feeling of both pressure and curiosity in educators to keep pushing themselves to embrace improving their practice.

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  1. > and the more visible it becomes, the more I hope it sparks that feeling of both
    > pressure and curiosity in educators to keep pushing themselves to embrace
    > improving their practice

    It promises engagement not only for teachers, but for parents and other, often tax
    paying, members of the community. Twitter and social media are also being used
    to engage students, I have seen a slowly increasing student presence in the ed
    based twitter discussions.

    More discussions, more visibility, better practice and a large community of learning
    is a significant win for the teaching profession as a whole.

    December 24, 2014

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