Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twenty Seconds on Twitter Today


In 20 seconds on Twitter today, I read a tweet from @tomwhitby where he shared this linkhttp://teach.com/teach100# to an excellent blog post about the top 100 Educational Blogs.  I clicked the link, gave it a once over, and deemed it worthy of pinning to my Pinterest board and Scoop.It page!  I clicked back to Tweetdeck and hit the retweet to our #tt4t hashtag.  That’s it, 20 seconds on Twitter today.

20 Seconds 

Because of the 20 seconds, I now have a free resource that I can explore anytime I want.  Free professional development at my fingertips.  Because I pinned and scooped it, this resource is available online anytime to anyone to read, re-pin, or re-scoop.  

20 Seconds

The 20 seconds on Twitter allowed me to re-tweet (RT) this link.  Who knows how many people saw the link, but let’s say just one person did.  That is one person who may take a moment, read a blog, be inspired and SHARE the link!   The nature of social media makes one idea easy to share to hundreds, thousands, or millions. The power of one tweet.

20 Seconds

The 20 seconds on Twitter will now feed me for months.  This one link alone is rich with educational content from the best minds in the field.  Now when I have more time, I can click one blog, read, comment, and incorporate new ideas into my daily workflow.  I am a better professional because I took the time to learn and grow.

20 Seconds

My challenge is, do you have 20 seconds?

-Written by Ann Feldmann
@annfeldmann1

300 comments:

  1. Good point, Ann! I think that 20 seconds was pretty well spent!

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  2. Agree about the 20 seconds, but it will take you far longer to read the blogs that pique your interest, and now with Google Reader going down, access to your favorite blogs for updates to see what you want to check on any given day will be harder.

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  3. What an excellent point! 20 seconds provided you with a very valuable resource and allowed you to then share that resource with thousands of others who will now have the resource at their disposal as well. Too often I find myself hesitating to “dive into” technology because I feel like I don’t have the time right now. However, 20 seconds is very doable, even for all of us crazy busy educators! Not to mention, like you said, by taking the 20 seconds you now have the resource that you can delve into at a later time, when you do have more time available; but, if you hadn’t taken that 20 seconds, you may have never been aware that the resource existed. Surely I can find 20 seconds… –Ashlee Meyer

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    1. Ashlee (And Ann):

      It was great reading your post and response. The beautiful thing about social media is how efficient it is to connect and share information. Usually accessed through hand-held devices, technology resources like Twitter are always at our fingertips, ready to be reviewed and shared whenever we have a spare moment. I agree that 20 seconds now can lead to a year full of new information gained. It is absolutely amazing that social media has this power!

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  4. 20 Seconds seems like a fair amount of time. You make a great point that in 20 seconds we can share a resource to a fellow teacher or read a blog that inspires us and could possibly make a change that has a huge impact. This is an eye opening world of technology to me. Just when I think I am pretty advanced in technology, I realize there is so much more to learn. - Ashleigh Therrian

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  5. Great post Ann, I agree that those were 20 seconds well spent! I agree with Ashliegh that when you think that you have a hand on technology, you learn something new.

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  6. Good point, how short is 20 seconds? And to think that you may be helping another advance in their education. Often I think we educators hesitate to dive into something new, because we know that something more needs to be done to prepare for the next class, or how important it is to spend valuable time with the family. But I can guarantee that most of us can give up 20 seconds in order to not only make ourselves better, but to help others as well.

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  7. 20 seconds. I think I just spent that coming to this blog. You don't realize how much you can do it that amount of time. I have more than 20 seconds to check Facebook and that just keeps me up to date on friends and family. That is certainly very important, but it makes me realize how easy it would be to take that 20 seconds and get something amazing from Twitter. I am going to give it a try and see what I can find in 20 seconds.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. 20 seconds is a great way to look at adding an opportunity to stay up to date with current educational pedagogy. I think I have been reluctant because of time or the lack of it but 20 seconds would certainly "fill my bucket" for my daily need for new knowledge. Ok, I'm in!

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  9. I feel like this post really spoke to how I have been feeling about twitter! I am realizing more and more the benefits of getting on and seeing what is out there but sometimes it is stressful to think about how it will be one more thing to check, one more thing to follow, one more thing to keep up with. The great thing about twitter is I can use it at my leisure and everyone, no matter how busy they are, has twenty seconds to spare!!

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  10. I wanted to see how much I could get typed in 20 seconds and believe it or not, this is as far as I got. Time's up! It's hard to believe that in the time it takes me to type one sentence, I could research and find a resource that could help me for months and years to come. 20 seconds! I can do that!! Bring on Twitter! I'm ready to get started!

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  11. Sounds so simple, yet I still don't know why people don't take advantage. Twitter is such a quick and simple resource to use. Twitter has so many useful resources out there, many think it is just a social media network like Facebook. It is a great professional resource to use. Great post.

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  12. It sounds so easy and it only took 20 seconds. I plan on keeping this link and looking at the resources as I have time to do so. I think they will help me to better my teaching and professional development. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I have to play Devil's advocate and point out that it will take you a lot longer than 20 seconds to actually use the resource, but even finding it in that amount of time is very impressive. Plus the fact that you can now access it anytime, I'd say that's 20 seconds well spent.

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  14. 20 seconds is a magic number! While it may seem so short it is amazing what I can actually accomplish in 20 second. You may need to spend more than 20 seconds to actually use a resource or look more deeply into it, but the information that you have at your fingertips is so amazing!

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  15. Sounds pretty simple and in just 20 seconds. That's pretty awesome that in that short amount of time we can find ways to collaborate with so many other educators. It is like having one big PLC.

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  16. Wow! This 20 seconds provides a wide variety of resources for yourself and everyone around you. For you to share the resources with followers through twitter allows so many other educators to take advantage of your 20 second find.

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  17. I am simply amazed at how much there on twitter and how fact you can get it. 20 seconds is such a short time to get information and ideas that will help you months down the road. The unlimited amount of resources available on twitter are unbelievable, I am so glad I have finally start to explore it.

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  18. It is amazing to think of how much can be done in 20 seconds with the technology available for us today. This is great to think that so much helpful information can be had in 20 short seconds.

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  19. It is an exciting idea that one post could reach and inspire so many people! Just one person retweeting and then posting it on Pinterest makes it available for thousands of possible readers!

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  20. I agree! 20 seconds is no time at all. I was explaining the use of Twitter for Professional Development to another teacher and their response was, "I don't have time to do all that!" Your post helps show people who feel this way that it really takes no time at all!

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  21. Wow! Who ever thought so much could be accomplished in 20 seconds? Now that I am finally getting used to twitter I am finding out that it really does not take any time at all, and a lot can be accomplished in little time. Finding it to be very useful both professionally personally.

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  22. So very true!!! If I can spend an hour scrolling down Facebook and not accomplish anything but irritating myself, then I can spend 20 seconds on Twitter; to do something that will in turn save me hours down the road. This Twitter thing is growing on me.

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  23. This is exactly why I love twitter as a PLN. It doesn't take a lot of time and you can search what you want. And you can help others with what you show.

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  24. This message was so powerful and I loved how easy and quick I could read this post. It went with the whole idea of having 20 seconds! I cannot even fight the idea of not having 20 seconds in a day to check out Twitter as PLN. I love how Matt put it .. "exactly why I love twitter as a PLN." I totally Agree!!

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  25. Twitter is a great way to find resources. There is so much knowledge and experience out there and without this powerful tool we wouldn't have such easy access to it.

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  26. I like the idea that after just 20 seconds you have a resource you can use anytime you want now. There are so many times during the work week that I complain about how there isn't enough time. Well 20 seconds is nothing when you really think about it this way! Thanks for the wake-up call! =]

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  27. Using Twitter as a tool for professional development is very powerful. Today I was at a professional development workshop that had a Twitter hashtag. I logged on to my Twitter account and found several people in the room Tweeting, and having a discussion about what was being discussed. Twitter is a great tool to take advantage of!

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  28. I never looked at 20 seconds being that beneficial. I will definitely take the challenge. I think all too often we think we don't have time to fit everything in. This blog just proves that it can be done and in just 20 seconds. Love it!!

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  29. Impressive that so much can be done in only 20 seconds! Time is irreplaceable, but giving 20 seconds is doable. What a great suggestion!

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  31. You can store up a lot of info in 20 every day. The trouble is getting around to reading it all! I used this idea to expand my reading time to 2 minutes every day. My blog I'm doing for class is based on the idea that if you spend two minutes reading a blog a day, you can get some really great stuff. That only takes about as long as it takes me to walk from work to the car!

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  32. Can you believe what 20 seconds will do for teacher resources! Getting new ideas is available anytime with a click.

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  33. What a great post! Its amazing that in 20 seconds you can be connected to so many great resources! Definitely worth the time

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  34. My 20 seconds took me to #4thchat and I found a website for activities to go with the Winter Olympics... http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/winter-olympics. Can't wait to explore it more!

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  35. I do like that when I go to Twitter, that I do not have to search far to find more things to check out than I have time. But as I am hunting for free apps for the ipad for 5th and 6th graders I am spending more and more time there. :0 Thanks! Janell I am going to check out the winter olympics site.

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  36. My district is considering a bond issue and I found a song by Pete Seeger that I think we could use as a starting point for our campaign.

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  37. Twitter is such a great tool for educators. I started using it as a personal tool to get my news and keep up with friends, but now that I have a professional account, I tend to use it more often. By following a bunch of people in my area of study, it seems as though I learn something new everyday.

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  38. Twitter is such a incredible tool. At first I was a little overwhelmed but with the use of Tweet-deck it has made things so much easier to fine things. I agree that every time I check Twitter I found something that makes me stop and think in no time flat. That reflection piece is very powerful in its own right.

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  39. I like this! I always pin stuff or retweet! It is just a matter of going back and reading or using it!

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  40. What a very simple article that says so much. The beauty of technology today and in this case twitter is that it doesnt take much time to find or share useful information for anybody looking for ideas.

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  41. It's easy to make excuses about not having time to incorporate "extra" technology into my schedule, but I definitely could spare 20 seconds!

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  42. Good point! Everyone has 20 seconds in their day!

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  43. Great point! A productive way to spend such a short amount of time!

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  44. I have been trying this for one of my classes. I am not really a twitter person, but have found in just a little bit of time I have resources that I can use in the future, any time I want. Since I am working as a substitute, it is a great way for me to continue learning without a district professional learning.

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    1. Amazing what 20 seconds can gain you! I am excited to use this method to create a wealth of resources for me as I enter back into the classroom.

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  45. It's amazing how much information is available so quickly. I will definitely be using this resource and sharing it as well!

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  46. Bookmarked on my pc and iPad and just retweeted it! Can't wait to check out all of these awesome resources. Thank you for sharing!

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  47. Thanks for sharing!! Will definitely use!!

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  48. Will definitely use and share with my colleagues!

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  49. This is awesome, Ann! It's amazing what you can do in 20 seconds. I have gone away from twitter for a while because of my busy schedule, but I am going to get back to it! Thanks for the encouragement and great information!

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  50. Thanks for the share, Ann! At first I was not a believer with Twitter, but after the last few weeks of exploring and reading, I am finding that is becoming a really useful tool. A special thanks to awesome educators like you who find and share the "good stuff" for us! - Melissa Misa

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  51. Twitter is great so take 20 seconds and learn. The knowledge you gain now will last a lifetime.

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  52. This makes me think, if it only takes me 20 seconds to lay a foundation to become a better educator, what else can I become better at by taking just 20 seconds of my time on Twitter to research? I really need to stop stressing about what little time I have and take advantage of every 20 seconds! Thank you Ann for the insight and thank you Lori for leading us to this Blog!

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing this. Twitter is so amazing. To learn something so valuable in just 20 seconds...that's amazing! We can all learn so much from Twitter and I can't wait to continue to learn from it.

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  54. I love learning more about Twitter! As teachers we do not have a lot of time to look at professional resources on our own. So knowing it takes just 20 seconds to connect with other educators is very encouraging. Thanks!

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  55. Twitter is an amazing tool for educators. It's like having a mini professional development session by networking with other teachers who love to share great resources.

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  56. Twenty seconds seems reasonable when the dividends are great resources and valuable networking!

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  57. 20 seconds to find information to help you be a better teacher. Amazing!! I am new to twitter and I had no idea how useful it can be.

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  58. 20 seconds is not very long to scan over very valuable information that I can use in my classroom.

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  59. With the right direction, I am confident I can find terrific resources to become a better teacher. It's nice to know how simple and fast twitter can be to get information at your fingertips. Especially in 20 seconds!

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  60. This is a great point! I already do this with my Pinterest account. I may not have 20 minutes everyday to sit and read an article, but I do have 20 seconds. Thanks for the tip!

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  61. You made a great point! Twitter has become my new addiction just for the simple fact that it is quick and easy. If I don't have time to read it at that moment, I can always come back to it later.

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  62. I also agree that just 20 seconds is just enough time to find an article that you can always retweet and read later when you have free time! I In just a few minutes I was able to retweet two articles that I had found. I was able to read them right away and I was glad that I could retweet them to show others!

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  63. Something I gained from this is how little time it takes to reap the benefits of a world of resources. Often times I find myself or hear others saying, "There just isn't enough time in the day." This may be true. As an educator, there is always a list that can be done and you never really feel "caught up" or "on top" but this just shows how little time it takes to gain months worth of resources. This reminds me that it is important to take the 20 seconds on Twitter because it will benefit me in the end. Great eye-opener!

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  64. I can see how the 20 seconds is time very well spent... now if I could train myself to only be on for 20 seconds and not get sucked into interesting blogs...

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  65. 20 seconds goes by in the blink of an eye or the click of a mouse. BUT there is an infinite amount of information that can be learned in just 20 seconds!

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  66. My problem is that 20 seconds quickly turns into 20 minutes. I never just stick with a small amount of time. I usually want to know what else is going on or find other articles that are related.

    I did spend 5 minutes on my Tweetdeck today and found an amazing article. Perhaps my 20 minutes can go down to 5 and I can work my way down to just 20 seconds.

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  67. It is interesting how just 20 seconds can have such a positive result. I have opened my first Twitter account and have a goal to spend at least 5 minutes a day on it searching for information. My problem is 5 minutes isn't enough time, I find myself wanting more time. :)

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  68. I need to become more proficient at using twitter I could search for 20 days and not find the sources that you find in 20 seconds.

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  69. The abundant amount of information that is literally at our fingertips is so amazing to me. No matter how busy we as teachers get, I think we all have the time to look through twitter for twenty seconds (or more) to find great resources. Like you said, they can always be read through later when more time is available.

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  70. Wow, it took me more than 20 seconds to read all the comments on this post. It amazes me how many resources are at your fingertips after just 20 seconds.

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  71. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. It's amazing what 20 seconds can do. You are making me rethink Twitter, I may be using it to increase my own knowledge.

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  72. I agree that 20 seconds on Twitter is easy, but my problem is remembering to go back and reread information at a later date. Twitter has a ton of great information!

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  73. This is awesome! I don't use twitter often, but have a pinterest account for just teaching and often can pop on and off and find really great resources. Using Twitter is just another great resource to utilize to help us in our profession!

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  74. That really puts Twitter into perspective! Something as easy as checking Twitter over your lunch break will prove to be very beneficial at a later date.

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  75. I am still not sold on Twitter. I signed up this past week, but haven't utilized it fully. The "20 seconds" theory is great, but not the case for me. I look at one site and get distracted by a totally separate site and my "20 seconds" has quickly turned into 20 minutes. This technology can be powerful, but I'm just not ready to organize myself for it, yet.

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  76. What a great way to look at twitter. 20 seconds is definitely enough time to find great information. I am not yet a twitter user, but I often find things on pinterest that I am able to pin and go back to in 20 seconds. I have learned a lot from things that I have posted within 20 seconds. I will try to do this at least once a day to gain information and become a better professional. l

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  77. This is amazing. so much information within a fingertip. I can't wait to see how fast information will travel in 10 years. We will probably have microchips in our arms. I loved the Pinterest connection

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  78. This is inspiring. 20 seconds is nothing. No matter how busy we are in our day to day lives, we all have 20 seconds to devote to a little research and collaboration!

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  79. It’s true that with Twitter and Pinterest you can do things within 20 seconds. You may see a retweet or something to Pin and you can do it quickly. You can always go back to read it. I like that you don’t need a lot of time commitment when using Twitter and Pinterest.

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  80. I think I can find 20 seconds of my day to look at something and repost it. However, I'm still not into this whole social media thing and still don't respond well to the Twitter world.

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  81. Although you can find a resource in 20 seconds, that doesn't mean that you can read it and deem it credible in 20 seconds. Although social media information is abundant, that doesn't mean that it is always accurate or trustworthy. If you want to retweet or post information, it would be wise to read it first before attaching your name to it.

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  82. Not only did I read through the initial posting, but I read through most of the comments. It is amazing that so many people agreed that 20 seconds of your life was time well spent as you gained such valuable information. Yet there were only a handful of people that commented that, though you found the post in only 20 seconds, it would take you so much longer than that to read through all of that valuable information and then to incorporate even one of those items into your curriculum or lessons would also take additional time. Still time well spent, but much more than the 20 seconds that was initially bragged about. I am new to twitter as well and I am finding a ton of terrific information. However, as part of my class, I am told to spend at least five minutes on twitter. I access my twitter account during my plan period. Before I know it, 46 whole minutes has passed by while I read article after article. Terrific information, yes, but did it grade any of the papers that are accumulating in a huge pile on my desk? Did it help to write a paper for my grad class that I now have to somehow fit into my schedule this evening or next as it is due tomorrow? Nope. Twitter is great. When I have time. And a heck of a lot more time than a mere 20 seconds.

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  83. 20 seconds a day seems very doable. My only problem is that I don't know what to do with the GREAT information that I'm viewing. I want to access it right away, even though it's not feasible at the moment. I am excited to get more efficient with
    Twitter.

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  84. I am looking forward to getting better at using Twitter and being able to say I did it in 20 seconds!

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  85. I love how following some great users as well as some helpful hashtags, Twitter becomes a fantastic resource in just seconds! I've started following some educational hashtags on my TweetDeck so I can keep up with the conversations going on. However, my problem is spending a lot more than 20 seconds on the site. :)

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  86. I agree, 20 seconds is all that it takes to jump on my twitter daily but I find myself on there more than 20 seconds. I found a link to a video yesterday that I ended up sending to my principal it was so good! There are great conversations that pertain to my teaching and that is awesome!

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  87. I have been using this method myself. I have limited time with two jobs and two kids and grad school, but in the few minutes I am waiting for the gas pump to finish, or in the few minutes between classes, I can search, find, retweet or pin several things of interest. Then they are always there for me to go back to when I have more time. I love this idea and hope to keep it in my routine!

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  88. What an inspiring idea! I never thought of accomplishing anything worthwhile in 20 seconds. This is a great way to seek PD during our busy teacher lives!

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  89. I agree, 20 seconds is not too much to ask to increase ones professional growth. That's what is so awesome about twitter, it literally takes 20 seconds to find resources that can be used in classrooms for years.

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  90. I also agree that 20 seconds can give you a wealth of knowledge, but can I still say that I don't have the time.....maybe not. I really need to get more comfortable with twitter..

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  91. I spend a lot of time on twitter every day retweeting different things that I find interesting or things that I want my student-athletes to read. 20 seconds on twitter goes a lot further than one may think!

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  92. I am just getting back into the twitter world, thanks to a class I am taking right now. I am thankful for this class because it is a great reminder of how twitter can enhance my teaching skills. 20 seconds and the ability to find such great resource! Well worth it.

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  93. The 20 seconds seems simple enough, if you know what you're doing on twitter. For someone who isn't as comfortable with twitter, it could take a lot longer.

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  94. Excellent challenge. Many people always fret about not having enough time in the day but when you use 20 seconds in such a powerful way, it is almost as if you are buying yourself and others that are seeing your tweet, more time.

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  95. Isn't social media GREAT?! Personally, I don't tweet. But, I would like to and this story makes that want a need.

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  96. What a great perspective, everyone has 20 seconds of time available a day whether they think so or not. It's crazy to think how reposting a resource or retweeting a resource could give lots of others more ideas and give you ideas for the next year, totally worth 20 seconds of your day!

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  97. I was just talking to my students today about exponents and the powers of 10 during math today. We connected it to social media. If I tweet or re-tweet something and 10 people see it and re-tweet it, and then each of the 10 re-tweets is re-tweeted again by 10 people, the tweet grows exponentially. And just think it can start in just 20 seconds.

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  98. So true! I have just started to explore twitter and in the 5 minutes a day I have spent on it I am learning so much already!

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  99. The 20 seconds is the easy part! The hard part is going back to explore it and implement something totally new in my classroom!

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  100. 20 seconds seems like the easy part. The longer part would be to be read each article fully so that you know what you are putting your name on.

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  101. I believe using those 20 seconds can have a big impact on us as educators. Take for example the 20 seconds you have as you wait for lunch or at an appointment. Once a resource has been identified it can be read in depth later and can be a topic of discussion between you and your other followers

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  102. Great post. It is incredibly handy that it can only take 20 seconds to learn and develop in your profession. I think we really need to make sure our 20 seconds does not turn in to 20 minutes of time we spend getting caught up in the things that don't matter or aren't as important to us when we could of spent the 20 minutes on something that does matter...

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  103. There seems to be a theme here about 20 seconds. I agree that the easy part is the quick preview and the harder part is really reviewing the resources you find. But how awesome is the world we live in where 20 seconds could be so productive?! The world is truly at our fingertips.

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  104. I totally agree that it only takes 20 seconds to find amazing resources. You don't even have to read the blog or website in those 20 seconds because you can R/T or favorite. What I really enjoy about Twitter is how easy it is to scan the post. I usually find my 20 seconds during a boring TV commercial and find looking on Twitter is a much better use of my time.

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  105. I read this blog entry posted 2/26/2013. I also read all the comments. I agree with most of the comments posted to date. I agree with Amy Fleming's comment of 10/19/2014. It is my interpretation of social media and technology communication, we now have invited more people to live in our cave.

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  106. It is amazing what is available to us in 20 seconds. I can remember as a kid making my parents stop movies so that i could look something up in the encyclopedia. Now we have more information then we could ever use right at our fingertips. I think this is why I find Twitter overwhelming, I don't want to miss anything I am interested in.

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  107. I agree with Kim Kepler that 20 seconds is the easy part. The longer part is reading the entire article to know what you are putting your name on. I would feel like I need to read the whole article before putting my name on it just to be safe. I need to become a better time manager because I can never seem to spend only 20 seconds on Twitter. It can be very addicting. But there is a wealth of knowledge out there. The information one can find is priceless!

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  108. In 20 seconds I can keep up with local, national, and world events through Twitter. If I am short on time, I can always save a link, or two, to my Favorites to read later. I don't have to spend time going to 4 or 5 websites reading about an event that I can find links directly on my Twitter timeline in a matter of seconds!

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  109. It's unbelievable the amount of information you can come across in 20 seconds. I spent 20 seconds and found some sites that after I reviewed may help me with my instruction. the best thing you can save a link and get back to it later.

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  110. I agree that you really only NEED 20seconds to do something productive on Twitter. My problem is only spending 20seconds on Twitter. I click on it for 20seconds and 20minutes later Im reading my 10th article. Im really enjoying my experience with the Twitterverse.

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  111. 20 seconds on twitter is a breeze! I hop on and in 20 seconds I find something new or important. Since joining twitter my access to the world has greatly expanded. 20 seconds on twitter, yeah, I can do that! I can favorite articles and go back and read them at night or when I have more time

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  112. I find myself checking Twitter throughout the day more out of curiosity. I enjoy following people who I don't normally keep in contact with on a daily basis. This week I Tweeted a picture of my students who were engaged in a hands on activity in the autos lab.

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  113. I need to make a conscious effort to utilize Twitter more. This blog post is the number one reason why. If I can find a resource and favorite or retweet it, even if it's something I might not get to right away, it will be a forever resource for me to look back into.

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  114. 20 seconds on Twitter is like going into Walmart for just some eggs and milk. You could end up spending an hour on there, and walking out of the store with $50 worth of merchandise. I love all the ideas I've found on TweetDeck under my #edchat column!

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  115. Challenge accepted. Sometimes it just takes one idea from someone else to start an avalanche of ideas in your own mind. Also, the encouragement from other teachers that I find on Twitter hashtags is great, too.

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  116. Great mind set to have. Making a difference with efficient use of time.

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  117. I love that Twitter can give you such a wide variety of resources in so little time. As I scrolled today, I kept getting sidetracked by all kinds of great links and articles to click on!

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  118. It is amazing that it only took 20 seconds to share that information. I have to say that I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. How long would it take me to look through those blogs to find what I wanted? Couldn't I just walk down the hall and ask a coworker or my principal or the tech guy my question? If I did, I would be building relationships with coworkers as well!

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  119. This just goes to show that 20 seconds is not time at all. I was able to click on the link and explore other links inside. All of these posts have so many more resources within the original. This post puts things into perspective showing you it takes little to no time at all to find great resources! Thanks for posting!

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  120. I think if you can get an awesome website or idea in twenty seconds, that's awesome. I was once told that if you find one good thing to use from a professional development activity, it was worth it. If you can find one thing to use in just twenty seconds, that makes it even better.

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  121. It is very interesting to me the ability for time to elapse a greater rate when you are reading something that is of interest to you. This one of the advantages of twitter is you are able to select what you want to "follow" or become informed about and a mere 20 seconds quickly turns into 20 minutes of knowledge.

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  122. What an EXCITING time to be in education! I cannot say it enough. Thank you for posting. You cannot beat valuable tools and resources at your fingertips and for FREE! :)

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  123. Thanks for the resource - I've archived it! I totally agree with you about how you can glean significant information in just a short amount of time. I was waiting for my husband to finish his dessert last night, and I learned about "augmented reality" in the classroom in the span of about 5 minutes. That is something I would not have googled on my own.
    In addition, I find it useful to archive all of my favorites in Evernote using the Web Clipper. It's fast and easy, and allows me to organize my webpages into notebooks. For some reason, I'm more likely to go to Evernote to search for a webpage, than go to my cluttered bookmarks bar (although I do use folders.)
    Thanks again!

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  124. It is crazy what you can find in 20seconds on Twitter. You can always find information on what you are looking for and find new information at the same time. Great Post!

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  125. I think we overestimate how long it takes to learn or benefit from technology. I'm going go to follow that same resource.

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  126. Although you can find a lot on Twitter in 20 seconds, the challenge for me is to find the time to get through all that content.

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  127. 20 Seconds. It's a good reminder of what our students can accomplish in 20 seconds. I wonder how long it took for someone to compile the content.

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  128. Ann, you're a great role model! I'm up to the challenge. Time Management is a daily prayer of mine as I so easily get distracted while Pinning etc., along the way. "20 seconds", helps keep the focus.

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  129. I took 20 seconds to find a resource to use which quickly turned into 20 minutes because someone would leave a post or website and I would go check that out. Time management is huge and sometimes difficult but I now have 9-10 other resources that I can quickly reference.

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  130. It is easy to get sucked in when scanning Twitter for resources. The idea of saving or pinning resources to go back to and read later was very useful. There are so many things that can be found in just a small amount of time!

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  131. I can make time for 20 seconds on twitter after viewing your perspective. Admittedly, I can see myself spending more than 20 seconds as a novice user, but perhaps I can grow to the 20 second threshold overtime.

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  132. Time management is the key phrase here - and for me it will be important for me to set a minimum AND maximum time on Twitter daily. I might try an "at least 20 seconds but no more than 20 minutes" rule. Thanks Ann!

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  133. I love the idea of 20 seconds a day, but I still find it difficult to be disciplined enough to check my email everyday. I could go for a one day a week...Twitter Tuesday. If I utilized this as part of my weekly planning it would become a usable resource.

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  134. It is amazing to think how much impact 20 seconds on Twitter can have on yourself and others. Sure it may take time to read through a great article, but that does not have to be done all at once. Skimming a great resource, sharing it for others to take advantage of, as well as for you to look back on when you have time is an excellent idea. This is definitely a strategy many teachers can benefit from - thanks for posting!

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  135. I like the idea of 20 seconds a day and I think that this could apply to many social media sites. If I could apply this to twitter and pinterest, I could have a plethora of resources only a few clicks away. Now, I would just need time to go back and read them later! If only there was a resource to give me more hours in a day!

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  136. That would be 19.78 more seconds that I have spent on twitter lifetime.

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  137. I am new to using twitter. I am familiar with and use Pinterest often. I am looking forward to connecting the two so I have numerous resources.

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  139. Wow! I was amazed at all the resources when I clinked on the link. Such a wide variety! That is a great way to spend 20 seconds or less.

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  140. I am new to using Twitter and never realized what an amazing resource Twitter could be for educators. I am excited to search and see what I find in my 20 seconds!

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  141. This post made me rethink the excuse I think a lot of us use all the time..... There isn't enough time in the day. I know I have said this before because things appeared to take to long or I didn't have the time to commit to it. This post shows that it doesn't have to take time to expand your PLN you just have to want to try and it can happen.

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  143. The list of blogs is a great resource that could be used for a long time! 20 seconds isn't a big commitment each day and there are many professional development tools that can be found on Twitter.

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  144. With technology moving at such an amazing pace and all of the people connected like they are in a network it is crazy how fast information and ideas can now spread and be shared. You just to make sure you can utilize and process all the information you have access to.

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  145. As teachers we never have any extra time. I like how this post was revolved around the way we can grow as educators in 20 seconds. I will be subscribing to this thought as I try to grow and to expand my understanding of education.

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  146. I love when I hop on social media or Pinterest for just a few seconds and find a great idea or resource to use in my classroom. I often don't have time to explore the blog or article at the time, but pin it to go back and look at later. Unfortunately, I think I also forget about resources and articles I pin sometimes! I'm hopping Twitter becomes as good of a resource to me as Pinterest has been.

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  147. I like the idea of this post. It's easy to say that we don't have time for something, luckily Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media make it quick and easy to learn something new.

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  149. It is very interesting to see what one person can do and utilize in twenty seconds. And by re-tweeting it allows the process to go on and on. I like the idea of being able to find something quick to use in my classroom with a busy lifestyle.

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  150. I went to the teach.com/#teach100 blog post and there is a ton of good and quick educational information. I also like the way it's structured and has rankings for each particular blog with different categories. Makes it pretty handy to use if you just have a few minutes....or less.

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  151. I enjoy looking at twitter daily and am still trying to figure it out. I use pinterest as well and love it as a resource for teaching. Thanks for sharing another great resource.

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  153. I enjoyed this quick read. It's very true that 20 seconds really can change how you go about things in your classroom!

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  154. I love being able to retweet or pin and save something for later. There's great information everywhere and can be easily saved for a later date. I know that I can look in one of those places to be able to find the lesson or activity that I had already checked out.

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  155. This was a very quick read and very relatable! Made me realize the affect 20 minutes can have!

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  156. I agree with the 20 seconds a day. Many times I check twitter when watching TV during commercials. I get to learn something new and fun for my classroom and watch my favorite TV show!!!

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  158. I am new to twitter and have to admit it is a little overwhelming but can see the power in it when you search out your needs. I think if I keep taking the 20 seconds or more this will become a powerful tool for me.

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  159. As I was looking at the extensive list of educational blogs, my first reaction was "Wow, where do I start!" However, after looking through the list and selecting a few to check-out, I found the blog articles to be fairly quick reads and something quite uplifting as well as great quick suggestions. I think taking those quick moments to check out new things that validate our teaching and ourselves and that give us practical ideas as to improve are well worth. A daily check-in, if you will!

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  160. As I was looking at the extensive list of educational blogs, my first reaction was "Wow, where do I start!" However, after looking through the list and selecting a few to check-out, I found the blog articles to be fairly quick reads and something quite uplifting as well as great quick suggestions. I think taking those quick moments to check out new things that validate our teaching and ourselves and that give us practical ideas as to improve are well worth. A daily check-in, if you will!

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  163. It never ceases to amaze me on how much I can learn on Twitter is such a short amount of time! At the same token, I can also get very lost in all the information when what should matter most is applying all the good stuff to make life better!

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  164. Time is very precious and the fact that Twitter can be utilized in a quick and effective way, makes it very valuable to teachers everywhere. Resources such as the blog that is posted in this article are great to have and refer back to for quick ideas and strategies!

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  165. Wow. I never thought of it that way. If 20 seconds can bring you to a few resources, I am now imagining what we can get for up to five minutes. I can spare that much time.

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  166. Wow! It is amazing to me what a quick 20 seconds can do to enhance the lives of teachers and students! Technology is definitely changing the world that we live in. It is changing the way we think, interact, and learn. What an awesome resource!

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  167. 20 seconds is not a lot of time but this is awesome! You can learn so much in that little bit of time! I could learn something that could change my life as a teacher in that twenty seconds!

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  169. There is so much on Twitter that I could spend hours browsing, so it's probably a good idea to limit my time. That way, I can focus on the resources I find instead of weeding through ones that I don't need. I need to start focusing on 20 seconds a day and not large amounts of time, less often!

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  171. Two things:

    1. I need to limit myself too. I can spend a long time on Twitter. I just have started tweeting like crazy with classroom, FCA (club), and Personal account.
    2.I spend more time writing posts for my organizations and class than I do checking out resources, links, and learning new information.

    I need to flip this and set a timer!

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  173. That's the best part about Twitter. Quick links like this one, open up a much larger learning environment and network. Just like in the post, you never know if one person on thousands will see your tweet, but is certainly worth sharing and finding out.

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  174. Well in the couple minutes it took me to read this, I also now have a great resource to that blog post and can look back on it later! We definitely need to do more sharing out there for everyone, instead of keeping resources all to ourselves.

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  175. Twitter and other social media outlets allow us access to thousands, if not millions, of resources at our fingertips. It really is remarkable the information we can gain in such a little amount of time.

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  176. Social media allows us to quickly find things to help us grow professionally! We are able to find something that looks interesting, save it, and go back to it when we have more time to read it. I love being able to go back and re-read some things when I am trying to incorporate something new into my classroom!

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  177. This is a great reminder of how wonderful technology is! It is difficult for educators to find new resources for their classrooms. With the way social media is set up, it cuts down on time and we have a ton of resources at our fingertips!

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  178. This just goes to show how quick and easy it is to unlock an entire world of possibilities using twitter.

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  179. 20 seconds is totally worth it when it comes to finding new ideas. My problem is I would spend all my time wanting to read all the great ideas. It is great to know that you have resources at your fingertips if you choose to dive in and take the plunge.

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  180. This is another easy example of how Twitter can be used in a positive way for professional growth. I can't say enough great things about Pinterest and how many ideas I have been able to use through the site. Now I am wondering about this Scoop-It. I am going to have to check it out!

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  181. 20 seconds to becoming a better educator, great perspective!

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  182. There are so many times when I come across an article that I want to remember for later. When I bookmark them, I often do not make time to go back to it because it is out of sight and out of mind. This gives me a way to have several different sources saved that I can easily return to. I also like that I can share good resources that I find with others.

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  183. Life and the day DOES get so busy, but this article really put it into perspective, that with today's social media opportunities, it doesn't take long at all to get good and useful information. It's all at our fingertips and all very quick and easy to get to. Great perspective, thank you for sharing!

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  184. You have such a great point about 20 seconds. We can all afford to spend 20 seconds to get ideas, it's especially easy if you are following the right people! Thanks for sharing!

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  185. I guess I never stopped to think about this. In such a short time, a few seconds really, one could have unlimited educational resources at their fingertips. Not only that, but I never realized how many people could see or use my retweets or hashtags for their own personal use.

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  186. I loved this post. How much we can get just by spending 20 seconds? I think about this same thing when I am pinning things to Pinterest. I can spend a few minutes and I can find endless ideas for any lesson I am teaching in my classroom. Ahh the beauty of technology.

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  187. I loved this post. How much we can get just by spending 20 seconds? I think about this same thing when I am pinning things to Pinterest. I can spend a few minutes and I can find endless ideas for any lesson I am teaching in my classroom. Ahh the beauty of technology.

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  188. Everyone has 20 seconds to spare for sure. I love the idea of using Twitter and Pinterest pages to store information to reference at a later time when we may have more than 20 seconds to utilize.

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  189. I think this is a great idea that taking 20 seconds can add a lot to your backpack. I feel that spending that amount of time is something that will benefit me for years to come as an educator.

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  190. It is amazing at how far technology has brought us. We could receive all of these resources in 20 seconds and teachers used to have to spend countless hours looking for resources like this. Very beneficial!

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  191. This is a great thought. Twitter is such a powerful resource. 20 seconds can add so much to your teaching. 20 seconds can create information you will use for months or years.

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  192. I like this idea of just taking 20 seconds to look for new material and information. You can gain so much knowledge with the power of technology. Thanks for sharing!

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  193. It seems like 20 seconds today is equivalent to 30 minutes a few years ago. I have just started to explore Twitter but from what I have heard it is the best news source and great for professional development.

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  194. I think you can sell any idea if you tell people they only need to take 20 seconds out of their day to try it. I wish there was a 20-second workout that worked. I know that I am greatly influenced to give Twitter a try knowing that it will not consume my time instead it will be well worth my time.

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  195. I've tried posting 3 comments and none of them seem to take (so sorry if all 3 magically appear at the same time!)

    I really enjoyed this post and look forward to spending 20 seconds a day on #tt4t.

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  196. What a great point. It is such a simple concept that we can have so much at our fingertips in just 20 seconds. 20 seconds is such a short amount of time and really does not cut into your day or time at all.

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