Twitter #edchat summary
This week on Tuesday, February 16th, Twitter edchatters came together to talk about how to build community in the classroom. It was a lively and engaging conversation, and I gleaned a lot of great ideas, and made many new friends, from it. One of the most important lessons I took away from the afternoon session that day was that community can be a very powerful force.
Real life example of community
I had a survey deadline to meet for a graduate edtech course that week, and I was panicked. Being new to the area, I didn’t feel comfortable enough to ask any teachers to fill out the questionnaire. Suddenly, a light bulb went on: Twitter #edchat! Why not harness the power of many educators online at one time? I sent off a quick email to our moderator, Shelly, to check if it was alright to plug the survey and forwarded the links. Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming response I received.
In less than a few hours, the survey received over 20 responses. In three days, there were over 50! Had I continued to re-tweet the link throughout the week, I’m sure the numbers would have climbed higher. To be honest, I hoped for at least 20 responses, maximum. It was an amazing experience to see how many people stepped in to help by re-tweeting the survey, filling it out with thoughtful feedback, and sending private messages of encouragement. The very concept we had just discussed, community, was happening right before my very eyes.
Ten months ago, I discovered Twitter and started to connect with other educators. Four months later, I stumbled across #edchat. I had no idea how these discoveries would drastically change my professional life. Simply through exposure to a vast multitude of resources, new knowledge, and radical ideas, I have become a much more in tuned professional. However, it is the kindness and generous acts of my Twitter PLN that changes me the most. Truly – the power of the community lies within all its individuals. Thank you, everyone, for your help and support this week.
Betty Ray, community manager at Edutopia, presented me with a wonderful opportunity to write about this week’s #edchat for her blog. Check out my guest blog here. If you are interested in reading more about last Tuesday’s conversation, you can view the #edchat transcripts at the Edchat Wikispace. If you would like to participate at the next #edchat, meet us online on Twitter at 12PM EST and 7PM EST, with the hashtag #edchat.