Twitter can be a powerful tool to collaborate and connect with educators around the world. One powerful way to use this tool is by participating in one of the many educational chats that occur weekly. This evening Excelsior Springs School District is hosting the first ever live scenario-based #PTchat. Tonight’s topic is “How we can leverage hashtags to create connected and transparent learning communities.”
Step one to participate is having an active Twitter account. Assuming this is a non-issue let’s move to step two, how to follow a twitter chat. There are many different ways to approach this topic.
Social Media Dashboards
Those who are familiar with Twitter and the chat process may opt to use a social media dashboard such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite to setup a grid with multiple streams of content. Three streams are suggested with this approach: (1) The hashtag you are following - #PTchat in this case. (2) Mentions - This allows you to know when someone is interacting with you. (3) Retweets - Quickly see what others have retweeted from your contributions.
Twitter Chat Pages
If you are looking for a simple process that allows you to follow one hashtag there are several options. TweetChat is a great way to follow a chat as it unfolds. Simply signin to your Twitter account through TweetChat and this resource links to your account. From there you simply enter a hashtag you wish to follow, again #PTchat for this evening. Another resource similar to TweetChat is Twubs.
Post by Chris Hubbuch | Excelsior Springs Middle School Principal
This will be a resource built by the staff for the staff to encourage integration of 21st century skills into every student's learning.