On Tuesday, I hosted two Twitter chats as part of the ISTE PLN – ETCoaches. I have participated in many Twitter chats and always love the energy and excitement of sharing stories, asking questions, getting new ideas, and finding more and more resources to utilize in my practice. Perhaps best of all is the opportunity to connect with other people from across the country. If I stop and think about all the ways technology enhances my ability to connect with others in such an easy way, it really is mind-blowing! I had never actually hosted or moderated a chat, so I was a little nervous about that.
As the chat moderator, I had a little bit of anxiety over hosting! What if no one logs in? What if people don’t engage? What if there’s a disagreement? Instead of falling prey to those anxiety-inducing thoughts, I focused on reflecting on my own answers to the questions. That helped break the ice for some of the other participants. I also wanted to make sure that I personally welcomed each person who chimed in, so I set that as one of my goals. Prior to the chat, I reached out to my own PLN and asked for any tips or tricks they had, so I felt pretty prepared in that sense.
We had two chats on Tuesday; one at 1pm (EST) and another at 8pm (EST). Both sessions really flew by as people engaged and interacted both with me and with one another. I loved the supportive atmosphere many of the Ed Tech coaches created in raising one another up. The end of the school year can be a trying time, so taking a few moments to look back and reflect on those areas of success is critical – not only to our practice but to our morale as well!
In about 3 1/2 weeks, I will be heading to #ISTE2016 in Denver – along with about 15,000 other folks – and I am really excited to hopefully connect face to face with a lot of people I have “met” on Twitter. For me, Twitter helps to break down those barriers and to help people forge gaps because you have some instant connections with people you have never actually met.
Are you going to ISTE? Let’s connect!
Have you ever participated in a Twitter chat? What do you love about it?