**Updated on June 5, 2011
One of the greatest challenges in any professional learning community is finding meaningful learning partnerships for the singletons—art teachers, band directors, media specialists, foreign language teachers—in a building.
While many singletons choose to collaborate with learning teams that are studying content connected to their areas of personal and professional interest or work to offer targeted support to teams on an as needed basis, Twitter can be used to connect any singleton to digital peers working in the same field.
The following three strategies can help you to find electronic conversations and colleagues appropriate for the singletons in your school:
Exploring Twitter Hashtags
The first challenge singletons in PLCs face is finding peers teaching the same content areas that they can network with. Thankfully, there are literally thousands of singletons who are using Twitter to connect with each other.
One of the best ways to connect with those potential colleagues is to explore ongoing Twitter conversations organized by hashtags—short identifiers starting with # that users add to the end of specific posts to sort them into easily searchable categories.