On April 16th, the Excelsior Springs School District hosted the first-ever scenario-based #ptchat. Special guest Joe Mazza kicked off the night by sharing 20 ideas on how to build a connected learning community before the official #ptchat started. Joe then led an incredible panel of experts, including Kyle Pace, Laura Gilchrist, Tom Murray, Tony Sinanis, Joe Sanfelippo, Carrie Jackson, Jeff Zoul, and Jimmy Casas, in a Google Hangout to discuss how to leverage hashtags to create connected and transparent learning communities. Michelle Nebel facilitated a local chat focused on the same topic that included administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers from Excelsior Springs and beyond as part of the larger #ptchat on Twitter. The map above shows the amazing reach of the night's #ptchat. Through Twitter, participants were able to discuss and share ideas with other educators from across North America and beyond, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. The Twitter chat focused on eight questions:
Over 300 people from across the globe participated in the chat, with a combined following of over 640,000 people. The impact score from Tweetbinder reports that the hashtag #ptchat had over 4.5 million potential views, including tweets leading up to and during last night's chat. The graph below shows the fast and furious pace of the chat itself between 8:00 and 9:00 PM Central time.
You can view an archive of the April 16th #ptchat at the following sites:
These kinds of learning opportunities are only available for educators who have made the leap to connect through social media. The Excelsior Springs School District is committed to learning out loud, and last night's Twitter chat was an amazing opportunity. Thank you to Joe Mazza and all of the guests at last night's panel, thank you to Michelle Nebel for organizing this opportunity, and thank you to all of the administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers that participated!
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.