I was already planning on posting something on this, but Dana Ernst beat me to it. I have gotten a lot out of social media—it really is the best professional development tool around.
On the other hand, I am short on time. This means that I have to cut back on something, and it won’t be spending time with my wife and kids (I designed my professional life to make sure that I get plenty of time with them). The logical thing to go is some portion of my social media professional development.
I am not going to stop using any of my tools (mainly Twitter, Google Reader, and Google Plus), but I am going to be paring down the people in my feeds. This will happen some time after winter break. In many cases, this means that I have to cut out very interesting, smart, and supportive people; if this is you, please accept my apologies. I am planning on cutting down to people who directly help me become a better teacher.
Have a good break everyone. I will be back in 2013.