For approximately two weeks now I’ve been using Twitter as a professional development tool. Through the posts of my ELT colleagues that I follow, I am kept up to date on topics of interest within the profession. On a daily basis, I read about what is happening in my field both nationally and internationally. I contribute by retweeting (RT) my colleagues posts so their ideas will receive a wide distribution. I have also participated in on-line chats/discussions, most recently on the topic of Culture in English language teaching.
Further, I contribute by uploading YouTube videos and newspaper articles that I find interesting or informative in some way. I plan to continue doing this and to promote the idea of CPD through Twitter newspaper to my colleagues at work. I believe it is an excellent way to ensure that you are abreast of what is happening in ELT, on a global level.