Twitter Chats

In the past couple days, I participated in two different Twitter chats, focusing on education. While I have had a Twitter handle for quite some time, I've never really used Twitter as an educational resource other than when I was at a conference. The two chats that I participated in were #leadupchat and #21stedchat.

The #leadupchat focused on leadership in the classroom, and the #21stedchat focused on 21st Century Learning in education. Both chats were fun to be apart of, but there were some differences between the two in how they operated.

Both chats started the same way, and they asked for people to introduce themselves, and to share a little information about them. In both chats I introduced myself as a student, and shared my location.

While both chats had a similar question and answer type of chat, that's where the similarities ended. I found that the #leadupchat was very interactive, and there were a lot of people involved. The chat was very well moderated. I felt involved with the conversation about leadership in the classroom. At times, there seemed to be a bit too much chatter, and it was hard to keep up, but I still enjoyed all of the conversation and interaction with everyone.

In the #21stedchat, everything seemed to be on a much slower pace. While we still answered questions, it seemed as if there were less participants, and slightly less interaction. It was very easy to follow along in the chat, and I didn't feel as if there was too much chatter at all.

In the #leadupchat specifically, I noticed that there was a lot of retweeting, liking, and replying, and that overall I interacted with a lot more people in that chat. It was great to hear perspectives from other individuals around the country, and to share ideas with them as well.

The #leadupchat also did a great job in presenting their questions. As you can see in the embedded tweet above, the questions were also included in an image as well, which really allowed them to stick out when the Twitter feed became really crowded.

One thing that I really liked about the #21stedchat was that there was a service which recorded the whole chat transcript, and stored it for later viewing. That way if someone missed the chat and wanted to go back through to look at any of the resources shared, they would be able to quite easily.

I thought that this service would be a great addition to any Twitter chat because it kept an interactive archive of all past tweets in a chat.

Overall, the Twitter chats were a fun experience. It was fun being able to chat with people from around the country and in return, I saw some great resources, and met some new users that I am now following. I also gained some of my own followers due to the information that I shared. I think these chats are a great way for educators to connect and share their ideas.

I've always known that Twitter was a great place to share packets of information, but having these organized chats really allowed people to not only learn from one another, but to also get excited about what they are doing in the classroom, and share that with people around the world.

Chris Jones

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Boston, Massachusetts