Education Twitter chats continue to grow in popularity because of the professional learning that takes place. These Twitter chats happen at designated time, use a hashtag, and discuss a topic of interest. Many educators begin slowly in the world of Twitter, but quickly realize the power of the platform and the connections that are made.
The HIL twitter chat will allow us to share ideas weekly centered around questions relating to the project. Twitter is a way to gain new ideas, resources, and techniques and a place to expand your professional learning network.
If you are new to Twitter, try using a tool like TweetChat, TweetDeck, or Hootsuite to follow a chat. This will help you follow along a little easier. Once you are comfortable within a chat, you may want to begin to use the tools to schedule tweets. Lurking is okay too! Lurking is when you follow the discussion, but do not participate in the chat. Educators are always happy to have new participants in the chat, so you can let them know this is your first time if you would like.
It is natural to feel overwhelmed within chats, the conversation moves so fast it is can be difficult to keep up the pace! During my first Twitter chat I remember feeling stress and uncertainty, but do not worry about this; you can still search the hashtag later and scroll through the comments.
Staring on January 15, 2019, the #HILchat will be on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm and continue for 30 minutes. Anyone can join: facilitators, coordinators, teachers, and principals. The more ideas the better in our discussions! Please mark your calendar for the #HILchat.
Are you in? Comment below about your interest or success stories from other Twitter Chats you’ve been part of.
Dorothy VanderJagt is a HIL Project Coordinator