What’s a Twitter? And Should I Be Playing With It?

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Follow Me On Twitter... @principalspageTechnology is advancing at a rapid rate. I hate to admit it, but I am having a hard time keeping up.

This isn’t an excuse. I am trying. Honest (and just for the record, isn’t it always people who are lying that feel the need to announce they are honest?).

Working for a school district, I see the everyday challenges of trying to keep up with the world of changing technology. This is a battle all teachers and administrators face on a daily basis.

Schools need and want to stay current, but the mountain we have to climb is steep. And that just may be the understatement of the year. I haven’t said anything quite so obvious, since I remarked “its springtime, who knew the junior high boys, would all be in love?”

It seems that the business community has the resources to advance at a quicker pace than we do in schools.

The list of challenges for K-12 education includes; lack of money and resources, quality training, outdated equipment, time, a complicated decision making process, and the struggle to update the mindset of educators who don’t always face change in a very positive way.

Don’t get me wrong, these are not excuses. Honest (and by the way; I have never been lied to by a student who said they were being honest… honestly).

Every day I hear new technology terms being thrown my way. I sometimes feel like I have fallen down a gigantic technology hole and I have no chance of ever crawling out.

I could use a good dog that would run and get help, but I don’t even have that (although the unemployed daughter is putting pressure on me… boo hoo, she is an only child and needs a friend; why is that my problem?).

Twitter, Wikipedia, Blogs (actually, I know that one), Podcasts, Emoticons, Facebook, Hypermedia, Moodle, Javascript, Newsgroups, RSS feeds, Jing, Servers, Streaming, Spiders, Uploading, Downloading, Firewalls, Hubs, Pinger, Memory Sticks, UPS, Plug and Play, Webcams, Skype, Ning, Analog, Binary, Cache, Defragment, Ports, and Networks… and that’s just to name a few.

And I have heard all of these terms in the last week.

From my wife, Queen of Technology (it sounds like an important position; doesn’t pay that well, but does comes in very handy when my computer is being “difficult” and I am “confused”).

Lately, she has been spending her time Twittering. I have no idea what that is, why she does it, or who she does it with.

I swear my parents warned me about the Twittering, but for the life of me I can’t recall why. Something about being illegal in Georgia???

It is just another thing about technology that I don’t understand. But lucky for me, another term, program, or technology thingamabob will come around tomorrow and I will quickly forget how confused I was about the Twittering.

As I finish this blog, my wife is Twittering and my daughter is Skyping her grandmother. I am so confused. And my head hurts.

Maybe I am the one who really needs a friend.

If (I mean when) we get the new dog, I am pretty sure they are going to name it Twitter. Honest.

At least when I play with it in public, I won’t get arrested.

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6 Responses to “What’s a Twitter? And Should I Be Playing With It?”

  1. Brenda M
    on May 18th, 2008
    @ 5:22 pm

    Twitter is fantastic! It’s been a wonderful way for me to get some online PD. If you ever take the plunge….I’m bmuench on Twitter.

  2. Tim
    on May 18th, 2008
    @ 7:58 pm

    I tweet, although, having linked my tweets to my facebook updates sometimes makes for a bit of confusion. I actually prefer to have people join my friends list on Facebook and then only update my facebook status.

    But then I have not addressed those people who are only linked to me through my ning. I’m still trying to figure out how to update everything at once with my LG enV2, but alas, I have not found the tell-others-what-I’m-doing-24-7 panacea for updating all of my online accounts.

    There has to be an easier way.

    If you or the queen of tech have any ideas, I’d love to hear’em.

    BTW Twitter is kind of addicting. I wouldn’t start if I were you.

  3. Jim Berigan
    on May 19th, 2008
    @ 6:31 am

    Hi! Hilarious post! I worked as a principal of a private elementary school, but am now blogging for a living. I’ve had to get used to all these new technological tools, myself. I feel for you, brother! As soon as I figure some of this stuff out myself, I’ll let you know! Thanks for the entertaining post, and I look forward to reading more soon!

  4. JackieB
    on Jun 1st, 2008
    @ 7:56 am

    I just realized that I’m following your wife on Twitter!

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