So what do petroglyphs have to do with twitter posts?
Our spring break this early April was amazing. Normally, in Minnesota, spring break means late winter slush with melting snow and muddy trails. But this year was showing, spring was definitely in the air.
I decided I needed a prairie fix. I’m attracted to the broad expanses of prairie in southwestern Minnesota–and even more to the wind turbines towering over the ridges along highway 169 leading to the Jeffers Petroglyphs.
Native petroglyphs have always fascinated me. I’m amazed that these markings have endured thousands of years and are still telling their story today–at least to some. As I stood on the windy granite outcropping viewing these messages from the past, I struggled to really see what the anthropologist’s signs indicated was right in front of me. And my mind drifted to twitter feeds….
What? Yep, I had been dabbling with twitter for several weeks and struggling to interpret what felt like cryptic messages from teachers I’d been following. I began to wonder, “Would someone in the future, recovering my computer hard drive from some landfill, stumble on twitter and be equally baffled by these messages from the 21st century?”
The anthropologist of the future would likely have no trouble interpreting twitter postings–but what of the layman of that time? Would they struggle, just as I was struggling with these pretroglyphs, to really understand what was being communicated with tweets.
I trust with practice, I’ll be able to better use twitter and it will become one of the communication tools that I use to cultivate my personal learning network. But for now, for me, twitter posts often make as much sense as petroglyphs.
I continue to read and explore how Twitter can benefit teachers. I recently stumbled upon (through a blog, not a tweet!) an initiative to gather a listing of teachers using twitter. Check it out at: http://delicous/tag/twitterteacher