Educational Technology

September 24, 2018

Using Twitter Chats for Teacher Professional Development

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It has established the critical mass necessary to accomplish the goal of having a broad enough community to generate useful content. Further, the length-limited nature of Twitter means that no long-winded colleague can derail the conversation or waste everyone’s time. This means that Twitter chats are useful for busy teachers. Another incredible benefit is that, unlike most professional development opportunities, Twitter chats are free. Chats are usually held weekly, at the same time each week. A chat will be hosted by one person or group, and they will select a topic for that week. (Don’t forget to check out previous chats for topics that interest you.) Of course, one of the advantages of Twitter is the ability to link to other content, which means that you are likely to find a wide variety of curated materials that will further your knowledge on the topic under discussion. You might want to consider simply observing for the first chat or two so that you can get a feel for the rules, norms, and expectations of the group before you jump in. Also, consider asking questions about areas of concern to you.

Using Twitter Chats for Teacher Professional Development

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