Demonstrating Twitter Chats

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.

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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?).Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 9.19.19 PM

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.


Beginning to Share on Twitter

Today we have a few resources for you to explore as we begin to think about how we will use our Twitter account to share back to our PLN.  The third week of this course is all about curation, so we will address the topic in much more detail at that time.

Today we will look at the mechanics of sharing with colleagues on Twitter.

Thanks to Brandon Zoras (@brandonzoras) for sharing another awesome screencast to help guide you in your learning.

Learning Activities

1) As we work toward becoming connected professional learners on Twitter, we need to consider the “big picture”, and how our new ways of learning will impact our work with our students. How does this article on Education 3.0 impact your thinking about becoming a connected educator?  If this resonates with you, how can you share it on Twitter with your PLN?

2) What sites do you visit online for professional learning?  You may want to read some of the blogs written by Ontario educators.  The links can be found on the OSSEMOOC website.  As you read, what resonates with you?  What would you like to share with others? Is there an easy way to share the blog on Twitter? Can you add the Twitter handle of one of the educators on our class Twitter list to the Tweet? Add the #OSSEMOOC hashtag so others following this MOOC will see your tweet.


For many more resources on this topic, please explore this OSSEMOOC post from last year.

Twitter Features Explained

Here at #OSSEMOOC we hope that your first two days of this mini-MOOC have helped you to see some of the potential of using Twitter as a source of professional learning.  This year, there has been an explosion of Twitter chats, where educators are having online conversations about topics they are passionate about.  Twitter chats often lead to further exploration of topics, on blogs, using Adobe Connect, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangout, on collaborative Google Docs/Slides or other collaborative platforms.

The most important idea is that we can collaborate with anyone, anywhere, anytime now.  As we realize this, we begin to see the infinite potential for student learning.

Will our understanding of networked learning translate into networked learning for our students?

OSSEMOOC is a community (the “C” stands for Community, not Course – we don’t have a finish line), and we invite our Ontario Education Leaders to contribute to the learning of others through this platform*. Today, we thank Brandon Zoras (@brandonzoras) for contributing an awesome guide to the features of Twitter found on your Twitter profile page (


Twitter Basics




Mentions and Hashtags



Activities for Learning

  1. What did you learn in these screencasts?  Choose one bit of learning and share it on Twitter.  Use the #ossemooc hashtag and #ontedleaders.  Add the link to this site.
  2. Help build the list of Ontario educators learning to use Twitter for self-directed learning.  This list will remain open and continue to grow as other educators work through this course.  Please add your Twitter handle here.
  3. Using Twitter daily helps build confidence and capacity.  How will you build Twitter into your daily routine?  One way is to find Twitter challenges or Twitter chats where you become part of a social group sharing in social media.  Currently, #OntEdLeaders are participating in this challenge, and a calendar of education chats can be found here.






*Contact us at ossemooc at gmail dot com if you would like to share your learning through blogging, screencasts, leading Twitter chats, contributing resources, or leading synchronous discussions.


Anatomy of a Tweet

The Power of a PLN

What’s a PLN?

The acronym actually stands for a few different possibilities: Personal Learning Network or Professional Learning Network.  Whatever you call it, your PLN will become your “tribe”, your support, your challengers, your collaborators, your friends.


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Our students live in a networked world, where understanding how to access information is a key digital literacy.  If we build our understanding of how to learn in a networked environment, we are better able to make the decisions to help our students to do this as well.

How do we build a PLN?

Building a Professional/Personal Learning Network takes some time.  You have to be willing to work on it each day.  It’s a commitment to self-directing your own learning. We demonstrate here how even 10 to 15 minutes each day can make a huge difference in your practice.

The easiest way to begin connecting with people is on Twitter. Principals in Ontario have shared here why building their PLN on Twitter is so critical to their work.

Building your Twitter stream or “feed” involves finding interesting people to follow.  You can find people to follow by:

a) asking others

b) viewing interesting tweets and following people as a result, particularly in Twitter Chats that align with your professional interests.

c) following those suggested to you on the Twitter site

d) following the lists created by other Twitter users

e) participating in #FollowFriday (or #FF) – Twitter users suggest great people to follow each Friday

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Learning Activities:

1. Let’s help each other build a PLN.

Please take some time today to share a few (2-5) educators who add value to your PLN on Twitter.  If you are new to Twitter, you can use this list to start building a rich feed very quickly.

2. We learn in and through practice.  A great way to practice is to participate in a “Twitter Challenge”

#ontedleaders Twitter Challenge was posted on this site (see below) yesterday, and it can be found here.  Use Google Translate if you need it.  English versions are also posted on Twitter: #ontedleaders and #ossemooc

3. Build your cohort of learners.  What can we learn together?

How can you contribute to the learning of others?  Share your Twitter handle with the group.  We will build an OSSEMOOC list of participants in this MOOC so that we can follow each other.  When you are ready, please contribute here to build the list.




Tom Whitby: Whom Should I Follow on Twitter?

Will Richardson: Create Your PLN: 6 Easy Steps

Edublogs: What the Heck is a PLN?