Twitter chats are becoming hugely popular among educators.
Twitter chats normally last for an hour. Questions for discussion are usually posted in advance and often there are 6 questions – one every 10 minutes. Participants post their answers to the questions and then engage in conversations with each other until the next question is posted.
Twitter chats allow for reflective practice and engaging in sharing and conversation with educators from around the world. Educators report that they get new ideas and new resources about education topics they are passionate about.
There are now Twitter chats for nearly every aspect of education, for example #edchat (international and fast-paced), #tlap (Teach Like a Pirate), #digcit (digital citizenship), #ntchat (new teachers), #satchat (Saturday morning education leadership chat), #ce15l (connected educators – What is Learning Anyway?).
Thanks to Brandon Zoras (@brandonzoras) who has demonstrated participation in Twitter chats in this screencast.
Here is the calendar of education chats that was mentioned in the video. There are many local Twitter chats not on this list, so watch your favourite Twitter hashtags for more chats, and retweet the announcements of chats to your followers.
#OSSEMOOC will host a Twitter chat about Twitter for Professional Learning on November 3, at 8 p.m. ET.