I have a date every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Actually, I have two dates on Tuesday nights. I am THAT awesome. I don’t even know the real names of many of the people…only their screen names. And there’s many of them. Sounds sketchy, right? A little freaky? Actually, it’s all on the up and up. I’m really not that awesome.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, I’m chatting with fellow educators through different Twitter Chats. Twitter Chats are a great way for like-minded people to interact with each other about specific topics, on set days, at set times. For example, on Monday nights at 8:00 pm (EST) I discuss topics on #edtechchat (educational technology). Tonight’s 8pm chat for #mdedchat (the Maryland education chat) is focused on Starting Strong as we head back into the new school year. I also participate in #spedchat (special education), and #symchat (SymbalooEDU user group).
The best way I’ve found to approach multiple chats, as well as my own Twitter feeds, is through TweetDeck. TweetDeck lines up all your Twitter feeds into handy columns. Below is a screen shot of a portion of my deck. My columns include my professional and personal feeds, and the four chats I participate in each week.
It really is exciting to connect with colleagues from around the world. There are so many ideas shared, and questions answered each week. I highly recommend joining one or more of these each week. There is a list of weekly education chats that you can access here.
It’s easy to be as popular as I am! Sign up for a chat that interests you and join in–they’re addictive, though. One chat turns into 5 in a matter of weeks! Here are a few steps to help you get started.
Good luck, my friends! Have fun! @thissideofthird