Twitter EdChats – #CupofTeaCPD Trilogy Part 3(i)
Part 3 of my #CupofTeaCPD Trilogy – It has been long anticipated by some!
So here is Part 1 of Part 3!
In #CupofTeaCPD1 I explained why I think teacher should be on Twitter.
In #CupofTeaCPD2 I gave my Top 10 tips for starting out with Twitter.
Part 3 is going to be about really taking the opportunity to get the best out of Twitter and creating genuine, personalised professional development.
Improving knowledge and understanding of the up to date issues of education nationally and internationally. Taking the opportunity to discuss with colleagues globally.
How to do this?
In Part 2 of the trilogy I made reference to Twitter Chats and how interesting and useful they can be.
“4: Use #hashtags
There are so many #chats to join in with. These are 30-60 mins of VERY intense tweeting about specific topics.
The list goes on.
Many of these have the discussion topics chosen by the users. These all have an appointed day and time, so if you are prepared, you are good to go.
When you tweet to start with, include these #hashtags in what you say, people who follow them will get to see what you say and may well follow you or reply.”
The education chat on twitter provide contributors an opportunity to share ideas and practice with other educators. Contributors include teachers, leaders, inspectors and consultants – all offering answers to the proposed questions/themes. It is fast paced, hectic and tough to follow at times! Definitley a need for a Twitter Client like HootSuite or TweetDeck (@gazneedle).
I have been involved in several chats but more often I miss them as I don’t actually know when they happen, or I am too late and am out of the flow and find it hard to jump in as it can be tricky to find the initial questions.
There is a clear schedule – #aussieED and #whatisschool, which usually trend globally, are on a Sunday. (I think!)
But there are lots that can be checked out. Individual states in USA have their own and they welcome overseas teachers to jump in and contribute. There are several in the UK too.
So, my project for the next couple of weeks is to try and find out what happens when and who is in control!
I will then use this to catalogue a timetable of @Twitter #edchats and post it here.
This will hopefully be a useful resource that can be added to and amended over time.
Please fill in the Google Form below if you know of a #chat and add it to the list.
I have given the ‘option’ to rate the chat – don’t feel that you have to.
It might be a way to help people prioritise the chats they want to get involved with.
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