Twitterverse – You’ve changed my world!

It’s been 1 year since I’ve been actively using Twitter and made it a part of my PLN (Personal Learning Network).  Here’s what I’ve done to extend my PLN, keep learning, and start giving back to teachers and the teaching profession in my retirement. I love being a connected educator and it is great to write this article during Connected Educator Month #CE13.

STEP 1:  I started by seeking out people to follow in order to learn new things and find new resources.

STEP 2: As I went across the country doing workshops for teachers, I shared my Twitter contact information with my participants and all of the wonderful things I was learning from Twitter and my PLN.

Visit my Wikis!

Visit my Wikis!

STEP 3:  I started sharing some of my resources on my blog and wikis.  Teachers that used my school websites to access some of my projects started sending me emails when they were no longer available (now that I’m retired).  So, I tweeted where to find where to find them.

hastagSTEP 4:  I started looking into hashtags (#) and found that they were an easy way to search for conversations and collaborations on Twitter.  I started seeing conversations between people on Twitter and discussions centered around certain topics.

STEP 5: Hashtags (#) also led me into twitter chats and found these are amazing ways to connect with excited educators doing innovative things in their classrooms to enhance the learning of their students.  I have to admit I am a lurker on new chats to get the feel for the conversation and while I determine if  the chat is for me.  So, if you’re not sure, just do a search on the hastag for the chat and read the conversations – P.S. It’s a  great way to find others that you want to learn from too!  When looking for new chats/groups, I look at what is trending and that’s how I’ve found some of these amazing chats (and before I knew organized lists existed!)

TwitterChatshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiftIdjCeWSXdDRLRzNsVktUUGJpRWJhdUlWLS1Genc#gid=0

Some of my favorite chats:

  • Sundays:
    • #21stedchat – 21st Century Education Chat – 7 pm CST
    • #alg1chat – Algebra 1 Chat 8 pm CST
  • Mondays:
    • #edtechchat  – Educational Technology Chat – 7 pm CST
    • #tlap – Teach Like a Pirate – 8 pm CST
    • #iledchat – Illinois educators – 9 pm CST
  • Tuesdays:
    • #makered –  Maker Ed (k-12 classrooms built around Maker/DIY principles) – 5 pm CST
    • #PATUE – Palo Alto Twitter Using Educators (pedagogy and technology) 7 pm CST
    • #SMARTee  – SMART  Exemplary Educators  – 8 pm CST
    • #hsmath – high school math chat – 8:30 pm CST
  • Wednesdays:
    • #ntchat – New Teacher Chat – 7 pm CST
    • #geomchat – Geometry Chat (transitioning to Common Core) – 8 pm CST every other week (next on Oct 30)
  • Thursdays:
    • #mathchat – Math teachers chat – 6 pm CST
  • Fridays:
    • #calcchat – Calculus chat – 12:30 – 1:30 AM EST (yes right after midnight EST)
  • Saturdays:
    • #satchat – Saturday Chat (general topics)  – 6:30 – 7:30 am CST and 9:30 – 10:30 am CST

Step 6: I gave my first webinar yesterday!  It was by no means perfect but I found out what it’s like not to see your audience or hear from them – very strange.  I built a nice #SMART notebook file for the participants, put it on the web for them to download, and have been hearing from them since the workshop.  Thank you for your comments and support if you were at the webinar.  I don’t have to wonder if you learned something new and found that it was not a waste of your precious time.  At last check over 90 people have downloaded the file (http://smartboardsmarty.wikispaces.com/ed2ed) and I today I woke up and saw this:

twitternumber

YAY!!!! Thank you to all of my followers on Twitter for having faith and interest in what I have to say.  Thanks to all of the people I’m following – I’m learning SO much.  So, if you’re on Twitter, consider following me.  Chances are that I’ll follow you back.  If you’re not on Twitter, consider joining and expanding your PLN.

For more information on Connected Educator Month (CEM), visit http://connectededucators.org/about-connected-educators-mission-goals/ and I love the resources and activities in the CEM Starter Kit – a free download at http://connectededucators.org/cem/cem-getting-started/ .  I’m participating and earning badges.  It’s sort of fun but I really don’t know what to do with them other than collect them.  I guess there must be more to learn.  If you know what I should do with these badges, let me know in a comment on this blog or tweet me @NAPmath.

ConnectedEd

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About napmath

I recently retired from full-time teaching. I taught students in High School math classes from Basic Math through AP Calculus. I have been into integrating technology into my classes since 1981. I am Nationally Board Certified, am the proud recipient of a Presidential Award of Excellence in Math Teaching, text book author, Golden Apple Scholar, Certified SMART Board Trainer, Regional Technology Teacher of the Year, and give workshops across the country - geometry, Common Core, mathematics, Interactive Whiteboards, and technology. I am currently working as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University and authoring books for SMART Boards and Promethean Boards with Vision Technology. http://visionstechnology.com/
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2 Responses to Twitterverse – You’ve changed my world!

  1. Hey, Nancy, how’d you get started on the webinars? I give them, too, but get few attendees. Which wasn’t so bad when I was getting used to taping myself. Now, I’d like a bit more.Congrats on your hard work!

  2. napmath says:

    Webinars – you have quite a following on Twitter and your website – make sure they are invited and sometimes you might be able to partner up with a bigger state tech organization or an organization like SimpleK12 (simpleK12.org) because they give a lot of webinars and are always well attended. You should make the time accessible to your audience and maybe you could also promote some sort of giveaway for attending to introduce your webinars. I did my webinar for SMART’s Educator2Educator national network of SMART board teachers! I think that helped. Good luck and invite me to your next webinar!

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