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With graphics like this, social media has officially hit the mainstream education circuit. Schools are finding that connected teachers are becoming revilatized and reenergized. Look at this poster and think about how it compares to your district's professional development. Even better, email it to someone you know and watch the conversations begin.
Rejection sparks creativity in independent people because it validates their own thinking that they are different? That is what this research says. Rejection is "a form of validation." Well, it is one I'd rather not have to live so often, even if, perhaps, it makes me more creative. I hope this isn't used as an excuse to be unkind to those of us who are different - it already hurts enough - as I have been living this just today. It hurts - no matter the long term impact on my creativity, sometimes it is nice to be around kind people who like you.
Twitter has recently cut of access to Tumblr and Instagram from letting people automatically connect to their friends on Twitter. This article about that and the relationshipts Twitter is crafting with organizations like NBC show that Twitter wants to be here for the long haul and wants to be in control. I find it interesting that Nbc cut off their relationship with Microsoft (the MSNBC channel is a casualty) but this move shows just how serious people are about the place Twitter has in the social media landscape. I find it ironic how many of my students are now moving to Twitter from Facebook because "my parents are on Facebook." Some are already latching onto Tumblr - another very powerful network. If you like to keep up with social media, I'd read this article.