Understanding Twitter Chats – A Guide to Start & Join the Conversation
Professional learning can take many forms. From workshops to conferences, as educators, we often seek professional learning in many different ways. One very powerful way to network and learn is through Twitter chats. One of the fastest trending chats would be #MEMSPAChat. This chat occurs every Thursday night at 8:00 PM.
So how does a Twitter chat work? Twitter chats are much like an online question & answer forum or an open house. According to a Rob Mathison blog on hosting Twitter chats, there are 6 key elements of every Twitter chat:
A hashtag: Your Twitter chat hashtag gives your discussion an identity and helps people find and follow it on Twitter.
A host: That would be you. Every Twitter chat needs a host to start things off, encourage participation, and moderate the discussion and keep it on track.
A topic and content: Twitter chats can either be a general discussion or about something very specific. Either way, you need to have an idea in advance of what you want to talk about, and some prepared content and talking points.
Questions and answers: Twitter chats usually follow a Q&A format. The host asks questions or posts discussion topics (indicated by Q1, Q2, etc.) and participants post answers (A1, A2, etc.) to make it easy to follow along.
A set date and time: Instead of starting Twitter chats as and when you feel like it, successful Twitter chats happen at predetermined times—often on a weekly basis in the same time-slot. Think of it like that radio show or live podcast you tune into every week at the same time.
Participants: The last thing you want is to end up talking to yourself, so getting the above things right is crucial, as is promoting your Twitter chat effectively. You can also invite selected participants and special guests.
If you are new to Twitter chats or are just looking for some tips, be sure to check out the articles below. Also, don't forget the #MEMSPAChat every Thursday night at 8:00 PM.
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Too often STEM and Place Based Education are treated as ‘one-off,’ and not integrated into long term growth. The Au Gres-Sims School District has received national attention for integrating community based learning into all aspects of their curriculum.
Located in Michigan’s rural Arenac County, the Au Gres-Sims School District is in the northern edge of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and contains many natural assets including local rivers and forests, coastal wetlands, and of course Lake Huron!
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The Michigan Department of Education released a memo on March 21, 2019 indicating that applications are open for year three of the Michigan Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) Pilot program. Local districts ISDs, PSAs, and career tech centers are eligible to apply. The application window is from March 21, 2019 to May 21, 2019.
This version of the popular open world game, Minecraft, is specifically designed for education, containing features that make Minecraft more accessible and effective in a classroom or after-school program setting. This program aligns to the MDE’s Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan by enhancing access to effective technology tools that support deeper and personalized learning.
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