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.
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.com/yourtwitterhandle).
Mentions and Hashtags
Activities for Learning
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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