Friday, October 30, 2015

Twitter Chats


We had our second Twitter Chat yesterday. The topic was Classroom Management. If you have never been in a twitter chat, I have to tell you that it is kind of fun! The pace can be fast, and there is a lot of information that is presented in a relatively short period of time depending on the format of the chat.

The idea behind a twitter chat is that a group of people that have similar interests, for instance, Ed Tech, or just education in general, can be addressed and discussed. What is exciting is that you can synchronously network with other professionals from all over the world and simultaneously garner resources, ideas, and make contacts that you can keep for the future networking. Typically, some of the people that participate in these chats have been doing so for a long time, and have great insight. What I like to do is to check out who they follow and follow those people. This is a great way to grow your Professional Learning Network (PLN). If you participate in these chats enough people will request to follow you.

It is important to note the format of the chat structure:

Questions posed by the moderator will be given like this:

Note that Q5 means question 5, and the hashtag is #haysedchat. You have to include the hashtag for your comment to be included in the overall chat discussion.

To respond to a question, a format typically used is:

I highly recommend the use of tweet deck. What is beneficial about this program is that you can monitor several different aspects of your account that you can not otherwise. Let me show you what I mean. 

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