If you wanted to work in the film industry, where would you most likely go? If you wanted to be a country singer, what places are the most likely to give you opportunity? If your answers were “Hollywood” and “Nashville,” respectively, you just identified what Richard Florida calls “spikes.”
A “spike” is a place where there is a large amount of people with one main area of interest that come together to create some of the best work in their field. It is not the only place, but these specific areas are usually known for excellence. So if I asked you where the “spike” is for educators, where would that be? Well, because most places on Earth have a school, if we think of a “spike” being in a physical place, it would be hard to identify where that one place would be. This is where social media comes in. Passionate educators are using things like Twitter and hashtags, such as #edchat to come together, ask questions, share ideas and create innovative ideas.