#OklaEd has connected me with teachers and parents across this great state. I’ve gained a lot of insight and perspective on a wide variety of educational issues. #OklaEd has opened my eyes to what is going on legislatively. Through the people I follow and the various news feeds, it’s been shocking to see what seems like a non-stop barrage of attacks on public education. However, there is strength in numbers, and #OklaEd is certainly a strong and vocal community. By keeping all those that follow the hashtag informed, it has helped public education evade some very disturbing bills that have come down the pike. #OklaEd has encouraged me to start communicating with legislators and share with others what is going on up at the Capitol.
The most inspiring way #OklaEd has affected me was in starting this blog. Once I found the hashtag (and figured out what it was for as a Twitter newbie), it led me to very informative bloggers, talented writers, and creative minds in the edu-blogosphere. With the encouragement of an #OklaEd blogger, I started my blog as part of a leadership project I was apart of at the time. I started to outgrow the limits that blog had based on the purpose it was serving. After much thought, and kicking around ideas with my blogger friend, this new(er) and improved blog emerged. It seems to suit me better.
Sunday night chats on #OklaEd are something I look forward to each week. The variety of topics and moderators keeps everything fresh and engaging. I always learn something new during these warp speed chat fests. They are uplifting and a wonderful way to start off the school week. I’m forever sharing what I find on #OklaEd with others that aren’t on Twitter. This has gotten a few teachers in my building to join Twitter and at least start lurking (hey, it’s a start).
So, what does #OklaEd mean to you? For me, it has changed me for the better. I’m better informed and more willing to share my story and perspective as a teacher and parent than ever before. I’ve pushed myself (and been encouraged by others) to step WAY out of my comfort zone when it comes to sharing. It can be scary, but the support is amazing. I’m very grateful for finding this special corner in the Twitter-verse of positive, encouraging, and motivating educators. Thank you, #OklaEd!