1 – Twitter


Twitter is seen as a prime place for professional networking, for news and updates for use as a backchannel in conferences and for real-time chats using hashtags.

Website: www.twitter.com
Cost: Free
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Comments from some of those who selected Twitter as one of their Top Tools

“I have learned more in my professional life through Twitter in the past six-and-a-half years than in the previous 30 years. For me Twitter gives access to smart people who provide an enormous wealth of information and insight through their commentary and links to research, articles and other resources. Twitter is the first tool/resource I access every day – even before I turn to see the sports results!” Charles Jennings, 2015

“I learn new things every day, following the links offered up by the 250 people I follow. I have 9,000 followers who provide feedback or answer my questions.” Jay Cross, 2015

“Twitter – until about 18 months ago I had no idea how advantageous Twitter could be for my personal learning. Now I have personal goal to not only become a much more active user myself but also I have made a big effort to promote this within my organisation. I lead a team of learning professionals and we have recently started a weekly Twitter challenge as a way to encourage everyone to increase their Twitter know-how and for their own development through the massive amounts of fantastic resources and insights available. I have also enjoyed using this as a backchannel when attending conferences” Fleur Mouchemore, 2015

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network.” Harold Jarche, 2015

“the best way to generate your own “information streams” about various subjects” Jan Van Belle, 2015
“seek knowledge via thought leaders” Saif Altalib, 2015
“twitter for notifying me of what I should know.” Roger Mundell, 2015
“flexible, conversational, versatile” Rachel Burnham, 2015
“Twitter for learning, connecting, sharing & curating” Kandy Woodfield, 2015
“fast, on the go, learning to let go (of unread stuff)” Natalie Raeber, 2015
“fast material delivery and discussion with students with hashtags” 2015

“It’s amazing how much you can learn in 140 characters. Twitter is my go-to place to catch a quick glance at what’s on the minds of hundreds of other L&D professionals at any given moment. Weekly tweet chats allow me an opportunity to engage with thought leaders and practitioners around the world. And I’ve met some great people via Twitter who I’ve later met at conferences or elsewhere in my travels. It’s nice to be able to find people to have pizza with and to geek out over training… all made possible because of Twitter. Shameless plug: if you’re not yet following me on Twitter, what are you waiting for? Now’s the time! Do it!” Brian Washburn, 2015

“Para escuchar, para hablar, para aprender.” Marta Toran, 2015

“I was far from an early adopter, but now it is hard to imagine maintaining my own learning and professional development without it. I learn via my Twitter feed every day.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“home to my PLN as well as regular chats and curation efforts …” JD Dillon, 2015

“Easily, my top choice. It’s so simple: follow amazing people = learn amazing things.” David Glow, 2015

“From time-to-time, I’ll have friends threaten to stop using Facebook, as they just no longer see value in it. I don’t hear those same threats from those who are using Twitter and have a strong personal learning network (#PLN) established for themselves. Twitter offers a constant stream of news and information that is most relevant to me (primarily on the professional front, with some personal in there, as well).” Bonnie Stachowiak, 2015

“I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter.” Clark Quinn, 2015

“I use the original Twitter app on my Macbook and iPhone, and Twittelator on my iPad.Twitter notifies to new resources used by several at (learning) professionals. I use Twitter to share thoughts and information with other learning professionals. Great for asking questions (and giving answers). Not appropriateness for discourse and dialogue imho.” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“a global connection” Danny Ortegon, 2014

“for personal/professional learning outside of ‘work’ within my own organnisation, incl connecting with learning professionals across many diverse contexts (education, teaching, change/leadership, business & corporate / workplace learning/ elearning which is the specific context in which I work)” Tanya Lau, 2014

“a major source of input, pointing to things of interest” Clark Quinn, 2014

“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network” Harold Jarche, 2014

“if you are prepared to invest the time in finding and following the right people” Stephen Dale, 2014

“great variety of topics and infos on what’s happening” 2014

“daily sharing and chat (work focused)” David Schindler, 2014

“for conversations with other educators and sharing ideas” Chris Kirkland, 2014
“still my go to place for stuff” Mike Collins, 2014
“love the networking capabilities” Justine Poldevin, 2014
“great for cdp and serendipitous learning” Teresa MacKinnon, 2014
“my filtered PLN” JD Dillon, 2014
“Can’t beat it as a quick way to learn about what’s going on in my fields of interest and for sharing what I’m doing or have found” 2014
“This is my PLN. It’s my most powerful” Tricia Ransom, 2014
“The #1 source for my PLN info” 2014
“home of my personal learning network” 2014

“The Candy Shop of All PLN’s!” Naomi Harm, 2013
“hands down best place to learn and connect on learning and with other learning professionals”  Danny Ortegon, 2013
“personalized infofeed; extrem variety of experts” Thomas Jenewein, 2013
“following a topic is a great way for learning”  Natalie Raeber, 2013
“Keeping track of my professional network to discover new knowledge”
“A wonderful network of professionals from the same field, everyone’s accessible” Akash Bhatia, 2013
“as aggregator of professional information”
“to connect and learn from other learning professionals” Matthew Guyan, 2013
“I use this to promote independent learning outside of class by tweeting useful websites” Jayne Whistance, 2013
“easy and popular” 2013
“networking and research”  Helen Blunden, 2013
“pointers and question asking” Clark Quinn, 2013
“the best professional devt. tool ever” Charles Jennings, 2103
“Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network”  Harold Jarche, 2013
“Great for PD around the globe”  Tim Childers, 2103
“the hashtag world”  Paul Jacobs, 2013
“Twitter for Personal Learning Network PLN, occasionally with student in class room”  Mark Rollins, 2013
“ability to expand your classroom being your school walls and connect with others worldwide”  Shannon Bosley, 2013
“I find Twitter really useful whilst at a conference or event to see what other people are thinking about the event or conference. To learn about peers and their ideas from other companies”  Michelle Parry-Slater, 2013
“I LOVE twitter. twitter is the most powerful professional development experience I have ever had. ever. (microblogging: twitter) content presentation: social presence, teaching presence, engagement, interaction, microlearning/blogging. Engage students in personally driven professional development, community of practice, affinity groups. Reaching out to and engaging in self directed passion driven professional development.” Alexandra Pickett, 2013


“I use Twitter as a Personal Learning Network. I share daily information on resources and tools that I have found, and I select networks of people to follow that provide me with their tips, guidelines and tools that they have found.” Mary Howard

“the place for links, updates, chat, sharing, collecting opinions, professional and social networking” Maria de los Angeles Castro

“I Twitter daily using the Tweetdeck client on my desktop and on an iphone. Tthe vital tool in my personal learning network where I find and share ideas and links.” Frances Bell

“I use Twitter to share my thoughts, ideas, information with others and to learn or get inspired by others. I love the way professionals use Twitter as a backchannel during conferences, using tags, adding depth to presentations and discussions. Microblogging is the informal learning tool for me.” Jeroen Bottema

“I avoided Twitter for some time because I couldn’t see the value in it, but since I talk about Web 2.0 technologies as part of my job, I eventually decided I should give it a go. And now I am hooked! And although I enjoy the social aspects, I have picked up lots of useful information about new tools, links to websites and quick answers to questions”. Sarah Frame

“I get to know the people whose blogs I follow a little better by following them and others on Twitter. I can harvest useful URLs, and get help when I’m struggling with learning how to create something online, or trying to fix a misperforming application. And it’s just fun! “Joan Vinall-Coxs

“once my productivity nemesis, has become a valuable learning tool. Over time, I have built up a small network of strong links and a slightly larger network of weak links. I think the primary value comes in two forms: (1) a wider network and, (2) immediacy. I couldn’t manage it though without TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop application built on Adobe AIR. It helps me manage my Twitter stream through the use of columns. I am able to separate followers into different groups and more easily monitor subject matter, replies, and direct messages.”  Janet Clarey

“I learn something new several times a day and stay connected with people that form my most valuable network. This is the one tool I would choose if I could only keep one (as long as everyone else kept it also!)”  Barry Dahl

“The best way for me to keep up with the Flash and eLearning community is through twitter. I love this microblogging service for it’s up to the minute community connection. It’s 140 character limit really forces microbloggers to shorten their entries to the truly necessary information.  Tim KindbergI started using twitter after using yammer, it took a while before appreciating it. It led me to many unknown places “Herman Post