Anything you tweet can and will be used against you…

I should know better. I spend all week working with kids and technology, reminding them to watch their digital footprints. It is as simple as the Miranda warning. Anything you tweet can and will be used against you. None of my students got hung out to dry digitally (at least that I know of)this weekend. It happened to me.

After watching a great high school football game on Friday night between Fennville (where my dad coaches) and Saugatuck (where I used to coach, my wife teaches, and my daughter attends) I was unwinding before bed with a little time on Twitter. One of the Holland Sentinel reporters was tweeting a little bit about the game so I shared a couple of thoughts, specifically that I thought Fennville could have taken advantage of interior matchups and run more between the tackles. Here are the tweets.

What I didn’t expect was to have the reporter quote my tweet about what Fennville should have done in his story of the game. When I called my dad on Sunday morning, the first thing that he wanted to know was what the heck the Holland Sentinel was doing quoting me questioning their play calling. Yeah, instant tummy ache. The cool thing about my dad is that he actually thought it was funny.

As I would later tweet to the reporter, I was not expecting some meaningless post-game chat to be quoted. But, like I also stated to him, “I know Twitter is public. My big mistake.”

This guy must have really been digging for filler if he is taking some random guy on Twitter’s thoughts about small town high school football. In a later tweet I didn’t bore you with, I told the reporter that my dad was the Fennville offensive line coach. You would think he would understand how publishing a quote that sounds critical might cause some drama. Maybe that was the goal all along.

Bottom line: I should’ve known better.

Being a Connected Educator is my teaching life support system

I can hardly remember what teaching was like before social media. Twitter runs on my laptop all day long through Tweetdeck. My contacts are organized by education, local, friends, news, and sports. It is a constant stream of ideas, reflections, and life experiences.

Every day I get a list of links and new apps to try. I have instant answers to teaching’s seemingly un-answerable questions. All I have to do is ask. I try to give back as much as possible by sharing techniques and resources I find helpful and offering up the occasional “don’t bother” on websites that seemd promising but bombed with the kids. Bob Sprankle was one of the first educator I followed as I got connected. He talked way back in the day about “Professional Learning Network currency”, essentially the idea that the more you contribute the more you will benefit.

Take a look at this video featuring many edtech all-stars as they better explain how impactful being connected can be. Get connected this month at

Still don’t see the educational benefits of Twitter? Try Flipboard

I recently blogged over at the new Sony Education site about how the app Flipboard can “unpack the power of social media.” If you are still in the camp that sees little benefit in Twitter or other social media, you are guaranteed to be impressed if you give Flipboard on the iPad, your iPhone, or any Android device a spin. Yes, I said, “Guarantee”. If you are not fully impressed, I will buy you lunch in the Bentheim Elem. cafeteria on hotdog day.

Here is my post. “Flipboard unpacks the power of Social Media in the Classroom” Tell me what you think.

See social media in a whole new light.