- I use Facebook for personal connections only, and do not accept friend requests from students until after they graduate.
- I use Twitter professionally. I haven’t actually received any student followers (I don’t think) because they don’t care about the professional stuff I post on Twitter, but I do not restrict my tweets. It has played a HUGE role in developing in my Professional Learning Network and I have grown in immense ways through the people I connect with there.
- I promote and support My Big Campus fully (hence the little “MBC Coach” badge next to my name). I think it is kind of like giving students a social platform with training wheels. It allows them to learn, teaches them how to do better when they do make errors of judgement, but does it in a safe environment where they are protected from real harm.
Do you tweet? If you aren’t sure what I mean by that… you don’t. If you know what I mean but haven’t ventured into the world of Twitter, I encourage you to do so. I only use it professionally, but it has become a great source of research, tools and a network of people who I feel like I’ve come to rely on for advice and ideas.
But Twitter isn’t really what this post is about. (For more about getting started with Twitter, click here). It’s just a necessary first step to what I wanted to share today – #INeLearn Chat on Thursday evenings. I hesitate a little because as the popularity of this little chat group grows, I find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the pace! But the discussions, lead by various educational leaders and sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning, never fail to give me something new to expand my professional knowledge.
Here’s how it works… each Thursday evening teachers from around the state of Indiana (and I suspect a few other states as well) follow the hashtag #INeLearn starting at 8:00 PM. The topics are all related to eLearning and cover aspects such as various components of implementing a 1:1, flipping, digital content, etc. Tonight’s topic is “Teachers as Learners”. You’ll learn from other educators around the state who may be involved in the same initiatives your pursuing in your school – a great opportunity to bounce ideas off of others, learn that you aren’t alone, and be inspired.
- If you don’t already have a Twitter account, get one!
- Find me @mrsporterDCIS and click “follow” (not necessary at all for the chat, but I’d love to connect with you)
- At 8:00 on Thursday evenings, search #INeLearn and let the professional networking begin!
I highly recommending using something like TweetChat to help you follow along more easily. It will automatically add the hashtag to your tweets.
If you miss a chat, or find yourself struggling to keep up…. no worries. Go check the archives at Storify!