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Sharing is caring, and learning.

I was over the moon when this question came up in the course our last #nt2t[1] Twtter chat.

How do you foster relationships as you start following more people or you start gaining more followers on Twitter?

Not putting people off but the more followers I get the more difficult it gets to answer everyone or check who is following you and follow them back. Sometimes I don't alway know who is following these days. #nt2t — Elizabeth Hutchinson (@Elizabethutch) February 17, 2018



If one of your aims on social media is to build a network of like-minded or inspiring educators who can push you to do more and positively contribute to your professional and personal development, you most likely identify with Elizabeth Hutchinson's tweet.
This is just one of the ways that the online world reflects the physical one - making connections that result in effective collaborative efforts takes time and interpersonal skills. Growing your PLN then means making it a point to reply to those who reach o…

Music makes us react

Just watched teenagers reacting to a sequence of Bon Jovi songs. Most of them had never heard of the band before, so they were extremely candid and respectful in their views all the same. What is fantastic about the idea of creating a channel like Teen React is it gives us language teachers to let students engage with the music in a real way - not focusing on listening skills or opportunities to learn grammar and vocanulvoc. Music makes us feel something, each in our own manner.  Another great lesson for us teachers is that we don't need to ALWAYS use songs that students know to get them involved. Being presented trivia about something you are not familiar with is the perfect hook for any student with a grain of curiof curiosity.  Finally, maybe there should be an Adults React channel so older folks can listen unbiasedly to the music that boosts their attention and commitment of our young ones whose tastes mean new names but same emotional reactions.