The 1%

To lurk or not to lurk?

“Let’s stay at a resort in Thailand where there is no wifi or TVs” I suggested to my husband while we planned our holiday last year. His response was a look of horror and, “Are you crazy?” Maybe I was, but in the moment the idea of completing unplugging was a challenge I wanted to try. It seemed like a good idea at the time but he was probably right, two weeks without any social media might have been a bit much.  Upon reflecting this week and thinking about Utecht’s insights in regards to unplugging, why did I feel the need to completely cut myself off from social media? The readings showed me that at the time, I was a lurker. Apart from posting some photos on Facebook and Instagram, I was…lurking, looking at the content of others and being a passive recipient of social media.

Creating makes us vulnerable

Flash forward a year, and I am now taking the Coetail step of further growing as a creator and contributing to the 1% of those that create content online. My return to the classroom goes hand in hand with my transformation from lurker to creator. In my role as coordinator, I have the amazing opportunity to “lurk” in teachers’ classrooms each day and was left wanting to try all of these amazing ideas myself, at the classroom level. While administration creates on a big picture level I was missing that connection with my students and the day to day creation in our own classroom community. Joining Coetail took this a step further because I am making the choice to be vulnerable and share my journey with others on my blog and through Twitter.

Peer-Based Learning

Twitter is what motivated me to become a creator. First lurking, then retweeting others before moving onto my own tweets. What I love about Twitter is that it optimizes peer-based learning, and everything that I love about Twitter is what drew me to Coetail. I never would have heard of Coetail if it weren’t for Twitter. It has given me the push from being a lurker to a creator. If your new to Twitter check out the video from Common Sense Education below for some tips about developing your PLN.

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It’s the real me!

My big takeaway this week was looking at Kim Cofino’s blog and reading, “ I argued that the person I am online is the real me, perhaps even more so that the person they were sitting with in the room at that moment. Maybe other people don’t think like this, but :all of my social media profiles are tied to my name”. Cofino then goes on to take full ownership of all of her social media and link them in her post. Following in her footsteps, here is the real me: Twitter Instagram Facebook Linkedin.

While there is a vulnerability in sharing who we are, there is also the advantage of being able to mindfully post and share. My eyes were first opened to this during a workshop at my school given my Tosca Killoran (check her out she is amazing). The workshop was about digital citizenship and Tosca shared her views that who we are online is who we are. After that experience I made my accounts private and became much more mindful about what I was sharing, because every post revealed something about myself. I definitely use different forms of social media to share different parts of who I am, Twitter and Linkedin are professional while Instagram and Facebook is for my personal use.  But I would definitely say that who I am on social media is a culmination of the REAL me.




7 Replies to “The 1%”

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the video about Twitter use. Keep planning those vacations as unplugged time is great.

  2. Megan, great post! One word that you used stuck out to me was “vulnerable”. I think the more we put our authentic selves (Cofino), out into the world, we leave ourselves more vulnerable. I don’t see this as a negative, but rather view it as an opportunity for growth and deeper connections with our peers and mentors. Like you, I have become quite fond of Twitter over the past few years as this has allowed my PLN to blossom globally. I find so many great teaching ideas, articles, and generally great “school stuff” happening on Twitter. It has become such a great vehicle for me to lurk, share, gain feedback, nurture relationships, create, and more. I look forward to learning with you further and creating more!

    1. Thanks Ryan! It’s true, that Twitter is so full of ideas and is a form of professional development (one of my favourites). Recently, I saw the #Bookcover2019 pop up on my feed and was then nominated by part of my pln. It was a great example of the power of Twitter as it gave me a bank of professional reading that came highly recommended by other educators.

  3. Hi Megan,

    It was great reading through your post! Curious as to whether you actually made it to the tech-free resort in Thailand!? Utecht’s post on disconnecting really stood out to me as well, as I tend to forget how “connected” I really am. From my use of google maps to find my way to new places to the need to check TripAdvisor or Yelp before walking into a new restaurant while traveling; being connected seems almost unavoidable.

    “Who we are online is who we are.” This was a piece in your post that really resonated with me. This should be true. At the beginning of each school year, a major conversation in my team has always been about how we’re going to approach the topic of digital citizenship. Does this need to be a different conversation? Or should citizenship (inclusive of online and off) be the focus?

    1. Hi Caitlin,

      Sadly I did not make it there…but will continue to try to make it happen for one of our upcoming holidays. I have been a part of a similar conversation about digital citizenship. I think with the integration of technology into pretty much every area of our lives, digital citizenship should be integrated just as authentically. That being said, it is still comprised of skills that need to be modelled and developed. One of the best ways to do this in my opinion is to be a role model as an educator and share your social media (when appropriate) with students. For example, with my kindergarten class a few years ago we would tweet other classes and read some of my twitter feed during our morning meetings. This naturally brought up the discussion about the appropriate ways to interact with one another, as well as some fantastic literacy opportunities.

  4. Megan, Twitter has also encouraged me to become a creator, through peer-based-learning. In fact, I only signed up to Twitter, 2 months ago, after my colleague Amy Valerio, @doctorvalerio, asked me to help her run #pudpdasia. Since then I have followed various people and companies, such as Google for Education , I then use their posts about new apps, websites or new app updates to inform new tech initiatives that I bring into school. For example, just recently I read a tweet on, which I have since written and screen recorded a review for and introduced to teachers and staff.

    1. Hi David!

      That is so funny that you mention I recently saw it on Twitter and could not believe that I had never heard of it before recently. I had been looking for something that did exactly this for a professional photo and had not had any success. It is a great product! I am making it a goal to follow your lead and start creating more. Helping to run #pubpdasia as a Twitter newbie is amazing what a way to jump right in.

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