Last week I attended the National Conference on Education. There were some great sessions and speakers. We heard from Jim Collins, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Yong Zhao. I heard all three speakers, but it is impossible to attend all the sessions. Thankfully most conferences now post session presentations in some manner.
But during the first presentation I learned something. I was trying to take notes as well as Tweeting out various thoughts on the conference hashtag #nce13. About halfway through that first session I decided that I really didn't need to take notes. Instead I could follow the hashtag and essentially get notes from lots of people.
There weren't folks Tweeting in every session. In fact I expected more Tweeting than what there was. At any rate, I was able to learn quite a bit out of other sessions. And my personal learning network grew.
I recently joked that Facebook is for gossip and Twitter is for learning. My experience last week reinforced that Twitter can certainly be used for learning.