Forget reality TV shows, I’m spending my Tuesdays this new school year on Tweetdeck! Yesterday I spent nearly the entire day glued to the PC screen, reading tweets and conversing with others in four hour-long Twitter chats. Usually I participate in only one of the two #edchat sessions 12PM and 7PM Eastern, but luckily I was able to attend both. I didn’t have anything scheduled for the rest of the night so I decided to try two new chats–#spedchat and #scichat.
Let’s just say that I learned quite a few new terms and gained a lot more teaching ideas last night than I had from picking up one of my graduate textbooks this past summer. I had a wicked brain burnout after, but I enjoyed the chats and was completely exhilarated by the learning. As a science teacher, #scichat was a treat as I learned new concepts like “greenwashing” and the POGIL method.
To be honest, I felt a little lost, almost dumb as if I should have already known these things… but upon reflecting on my thoughts after the chat concluded, I realized this is exactly why I chose to join new Twitter chats and jump in on the conversation. There is ALWAYS MORE to discover, to learn, and to reflect on despite my attempts to read as many books, blogs, or articles and downloads of videos, podcasts, and other multimedia products. It is an exciting feeling to realize that there is a continuous fountain of knowledge out there just yet to be explored.
To learn more about the new Twitter chats, check out the following links:
#spedchat – meets every Tuesday at 8:30PM Eastern
Developed and organized by Deven Black, (@spedteacher), #spedchat invites teachers of all disciplines to come together and discuss issues related to special education.The first topic was: “What do general education teachers need to know [about special education]?”
I sat in for the first half hour, and a few of the biggest lessons I learned as a gen-ed teacher were to create an atmosphere of open communication and collaboration between colleagues, and to seek help and ask questions if there is something I am unfamiliar with regarding special education processes and methods.
#scichat – meets biweekly on Tuesdays at 9:00PM Eastern
Moderated by Eric Brunsell (@brunsell) and Jeff Goldstein (@doctorjeff), #scichat “provides a way for scientists and educators to engage in an ongoing discussion with the goal of sharing ideas, growing professionally and improving the teaching of science.”
In collaboration with #scichat, Mike Ritzius (@mritzius) created the SciDo Collaborative Wikispace to house all the wonderful ideas, lesson plans, activities and other materials shared among science teachers during #scichat sessions. There is also a new Diigo Bookmark group, SciDo Collaborative, for science teachers to forward their favorite links.
If you are a teacher on Twitter looking for new ideas and conversations, don’t forget to also take a peek at Jerry Blumengarten’s (@cybraryman) ever-so-resourceful Internet catalog of educational chats on Twitter!
What other Twitter chats do you want to try? Gimme some recommendations — I’d like to know!