I recently discovered the great use of Twitter for personalized, focused professional development. As someone who is usually curious of all things tech, I had signed on to Twitter for the first time in 2009 because I did NOT go to the AP Reading and had "extra" time on my hands. It was just as Twitter was on the rise, and Time magazine had done a cover story.
|June 15, 2009 Issue of Time Magazine: http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20090615,00.html|
A few months ago, my Assistant Superintendent sent me an email saying that she saw that I had met the Boston Public School's Director of History & Social Studies. What? A picture of me floating in Twitterverse? How did my Asst Super know? Apparently, she's on Twitter, and connected to many great educators from the Boston area, and from those I started growing my own network.
Making new friends at #ncss14: Angela from Weston High! pic.twitter.com/hOzZO2wCjqSince then, I had discovered the excitement of being in the Educational Twitterverse -- the discovery of educational Twitter chats that are focused to my interests. My favorites have been: #nt2t (new teachers to Twitter), #satchat (Saturday, general edu issues), #sschat (social studies chat), #tlap (teach like a pirate) and it's offshoot #sstlap (social studies teach like a pirate), #edchatma (ed chat for Massachusetts educators), slow chats with #asiaed, #africaed or #bookclubed, and my favorite which takes the place of coffee every morning, #BFC530 (Breakfast Club 5:30 am). No, I don't do these weekly or I wouldn't have time for anything else, but in these social media circles I have found like-minded educators. I started searching for other AP World teachers, and those who were on Twitter were primarily using it to tweet their classes. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I wanted to share my enthusiasm for the other uses of Twitter that can connect teachers in a more global way.
— Kerry Dunne (@dunneteach) November 22, 2014
With this in mind, my WHAP friends, I bring you #whapchat that will be handled by @WhapchatTchr. If you are interested at all, please visit some of the links below if you have never been involved in Twitterchats. I still consider myself a newbie in this Twitterverse, but I'm learning new tidbits everyday, and feeling more and more comfortable with it. I need to learn how to use Storify, for help in curating discussions once the new chat launches.
If you aren't interested at all, then you can stop here :)
1) Craig Kemp's quick guide to Twitter chats: http://mrkempnz.com/2014/07/twitter-chats-the-ins-outs-and-my-top-8-chats.html
2) @Cybraryman has the best website on all things Twitter:
He also curates a list of educational Twitter chats in a calendar that will organize by time zone within the continental US (it's not exhaustive, but couldn't find anything for APWH, thus the need for #whapchat):
3) Learning and Connecting through Twitterchats
4) 10 Ways Teachers Can Make the Best of Twitter:
And anything you want to learn about Twitter -- Follow @TweechmeApp <-- this is where I learned almost everything I know about how to use Twitter for a personalized PLN experience.
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