Carry on tweeting …

I had an interesting experience at a meeting recently.  Serious items were being discussed, and I was making my contribution to the conversation.

I happened to mention that I had come across the information I was about to share via a colleague on Twitter, and no sooner were the words out of my mouth, than I realised that a certain amount of mirth filled the room.

Why was I surprised to receive such a response?  Had I said that I found the information ‘on the internet’, or that it had come to me ‘via email’, I am sure I would not have had the same response.

And yet, the fact that the source was a trusted professional (whom I have actually – not just virtually – met) seemed risible to some of the people in the room just because of the method of discovery of this interesting and important piece of information.

Now, I am aware that there are still many who think that people who use Twitter are engaging in little more than a daily dose of ‘Heat’ magazine, following vapid celebrities for their inane chatter.  And I will admit to following my share of celebrities, too, but I have chosen to follow them because they offer me something which I like: film commentary (Mark Kermode); giggles (Dara O Briain and Sarah Millican); veggie recipes (Simon Rimmer).

But looking through the 300-odd people whom I follow, the vast majority are fellow education professionals, most of them language specialists, to whom I am indebted for ideas, camaraderie, virtual hugs and a wealth of information.

Will the response from ‘real life’ colleagues stop me tweeting?  No way!  In fact, I feel a little sorry for those who have not yet discovered the power of Twitter.  It’s an incredible network, through which I have met some fabulous people, and learned an amazing amount.

Whatever the reaction, I am going to carry on tweeting!


Rediscovering old ideas!

I’m sure this is familiar to you, but I was searching for a starter to get Year 7 going again after the Christmas break and came across my ‘Question of Sport’ picture boards in PowerPoint, useful for both starters and plenaries.

Year 7  loved it – as they were getting one point for each thing they said about the person hidden, competition was fierce to produce longer and longer descriptions!

Please feel free to take the files if you think they’ll be useful.  I’ve colour-coded the squares for different languages – all you need to do is replace the pictures or text on the slides to whatever is appropriate.

Question of … French

Question of … German

Question of … Italian