There are about 18 of us in the cohort and we were all encouraged to use social media to share and expand our skills. I learned quickly that Google + is my new professional social media platform. I have been on it since it started, but I never got super involved with how it works and how much I can do with it. I have been on Facebook for years, but I use it mostly to share things with family and friends, see what people I have known forever are up to and to post about my more social things. I did create a Facebook page to communicate with students and parents, but I seldom visit.
Google + is just different for me. I am catching myself checking it on and off throughout the school day and I don't feel like I am doing something inappropriate since it is a self directed professional development. I am finding myself asking people in the educational field questions about things and getting good answers. I do the same with twitter, but the ability to post more information and not just 140 characters makes it easier to be more specific.
So, as I delve into the training to be a tech coach and as I expand my horizons professionally, I am going to rely on Google+ as my platform. I suspect I will be very pleased with how it helps me grow as an educator.