As I looked over my ECMP 355 syllabus I saw that I needed to be involved with chats. There are so many to choose from through Google. Tweet Reports has a comprehensive listing of chats for many different interests. There are rules of etiquette in participating in Twitter chats. Scholastic has some advice on chats, as well. I do need to work on informing my Twitter site that I will be involved in a chat.
This is a great site for helping to understand the reason for Twitter chats, where to find some, and how to participate in them.
Logging on this Saturday morning (June 17, 2017) I found that I able to catch the New Teachers to Twitter Chat - #Nt2t. One of the posts preceding the chat suggested setting our alarms for this event. Great idea!!
Finding the time differences confusing I needed help. This site further assisted me in calculating for daylight savings time, etc. Once I had a good grasp on the times I was able to catch some chats. Now I have them as reminders in my calendar.
At first, I stumbled around - forgetting to introduce myself, lurking without introducing myself, forgetting hashtags. But, I caught on. For the most part these chats were moderated and had questions posed for participants to answer. I f you want to moderate a Twitter Chat, here's how.
There was one chat, #sunchat, that seemed to be unmoderated and without questions or direction. While, in the middle of my frustration, I was exploring other chats I came across #HackLearning, which looks very interesting. It broadcasts immediately before #sunchat. I was not alone in wondering if I was involved in a chat or not. It does seem to be educational in some of the posts. I will need to explore this further.
Chats that broadcast upcoming Twitter chats are very considerate. Many will even give hour by hour to minute by minute reminders of the start of their next Twitter chats. My Tweetdeck is a God send for having these chat windows always available. Mine is a bit disorganized as I still need to learn to delete some columns.
My favourites so far:
#Nt2t - moderator Stephan Hughes
#EduGladiators - moderator Marlena Gross-Taylor
#Saskedchat - moderator Kelly Christopherson
#sunchat - moderator @participatechats?
Marlena Gross-Taylor, moderator for EduGladiators, and Terence White introduced me to a live podcast (below) with interactive chat from participants. As in our class, I could view other's contributions and make some of mine, too. A great opportunity to further increase my pln (personal learning network). You can hear me quoted at 30:25.
In conclusion, do not let the fear of the deep keep you from swimming with the big fish. We are all welcome to tune in, listen, and participate. A marvelous way to build your #pln365.