And it was a powerful thing.
I would do presentations and ask for a shout out from my Twitter Network, and boy would they come through for me! They would immediately start saying "hi" from wherever they were located. It amazed the educators for whom I was presenting and really showed the usefulness of such a device.
More than that, though, if I had a question, I knew that I could go to my network and have an answer - or a collection of answers - in a matter of minutes.
Things have changed since then. Now there are hashtags and lists. People that used to follow me are now followed by thousands. I think it's amazing how fast it has grown. I can't wait to see what the next big thing will be.
There's almost too much information out there now. I know that I can't keep up with all of the tweets. I certainly don't read them all. Who could? And thus is the problem. Today, I was asked to make a dream list of things I would want in my classroom. If money was no object, what technology would I get? Now, I've worked in education long enough that I have made many of those lists and never seen anything. But, with what little hope I have left, I am determined to make a comprehensive list just in case I can get even one thing.
But what to get? 1:1 technology, obviously. An interactive whiteboard would be nice. Good headsets so that I don't hear the kids recording and listening to their dialogues. But what else?
So I turned to my network. My trust PLN will certainly help me, right?
Not one response. I even posted it a few times, just in case it was getting lost in the shuffle. Nothing.
It reminds me of a song from a marginalized band from the 90's, Burlap to Cashmere: