There seems to be a strong tide among CAIS colleagues to connect with Twitter, and the upcoming week offers an opportunity for folks who are thinking of signing up to reap immediately professional development benefits. An interesting way for beginners to understand Twitter is to remember that it is a micro-blogging process that is searchable. Now connect with your CAIS colleagues @CAISCT and find out what professional learning topics are being shared. And as a mindful practitioner, you can follow Parker Palmer, Will Richardson, Sir Ken Robinson, or Judy Willis, to understand their intellectual habits or their favorite thinkers and writers. You can also “follow” other like-minded teachers to see what they are learning, sharing and connecting about with others in their personal learning network.
On Sunday, October 20th, join Penny Kittle (@pennykittle) and Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok), at 8 p.m. ET, for a Twitter Chat (#nctechat) celebrating the National Day on Writing! They’ll spend the first half of the chat on how we write to connect with technology (in honor of Connected Educators Month #ce13) and the second half on how to write to connect across the curriculum K-20. The NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English, is also sponsoring a special Tweet-up on October 21st (#write2connect). For this year’s theme — write2connect — NCTE joins the New York Times Learning Network, the National Writing Project and NWP’s Educator Innovator, Mozilla Hive, Graphite by Common Sense Media, Edutopia, Mozilla Webmaker, and National Novel Writing Month to encourage all who write to talk about the ways they use writing to connect — between subject areas, with other people, with organizations and opportunities, and more. Among CAIS colleagues, Sharon Plante, director of of Technology at Eagle Hill – Southport, is one of the founders of the #edtechchat Mondays 8-9 pm EST. Scott MacClintic from The Loomis Chaffee School, facilitates the #TABSchat on Wednesday at 8pm, and Lorri Carroll from Hamden Hall moderates the Thursday 8pm #isedchat discussions. (http://www.ncte.org/DAYONWRITING)
Here are easy steps to follow to sign up in 10 minutes: https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990-signing-up-with-twitter
Edutopia’s ten tips for becoming a connected educator (Spoiler alert: tip number 1 is to embrace making mistakes): http://www.edutopia.org/blog/10-tips-become-connected-educator-elana-leoni
NB: The above image was copied from this resourceful article about Twitter: http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/23/13-twitter-chats-for-educators.aspx