Using Twitter Chats to Stay Connected

April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Submitted by Natalie, one of our fabulous reference librarians:

A recent blog post from the Huffington Post discusses how Twitter chats are quickly becoming invaluable venues for educators to share ideas, resources and instructional techniques with like-minded colleagues.

The post outlines:

  • How Twitter chats work
  • What makes Twitter chats worthwhile
  • The limitations of Twitter chats
  • Additional resources for collaboration

Some highlights:

  • There are hundreds of Twitter chats coordinated for teachers, with some designed to address a specific topic or region (e.g. Minecraft, inquiry, grade 1 students) and others focused on discussion pertinent to all educators.
  • It can often be difficult to encourage a wide range of educators to participate in Twitter chats because of their fast pace, and the platform’s limited messaging size (each Tweet must be 140 characters or less).
  • Participate Learning Chats could be a useful platform to manage your Twitter chat experience. The platform tracks over 300 Twitter chats for educators, organizing questions and answers posted during the chats, and collecting links to websites, apps and resources that are mentioned.

TDSB on Twitter:

  • #tdsbEd Twitter Chats: Looking to get engaged with other teachers on Twitter? Join fellow TDSB educators every other Thursday from 7:30pm-8:30pm by following #tdsbEd. The next Twitter chat discussion is scheduled for this Thursday, April 21st on the topic of STEAM.
  • @TDSBLibrary: Follow @TDSBLibrary for news and links from teachers and teacher librarians across the board.     

Professional Library Resources:

Check out these books from the Professional Library for more information about using social media to stay connected as an educator.

Dabbs, L. (2016). Standing in the gap: Empowering new teachers through connected resources. Thousand Oakes, CA: Corwin.

Poore, M. (2016). Using social media in the classroom: A best practice guide. London: Sage.

Whitaker, T. (2015). What connected educators do differently. New York: Routledge.


Natalie C, Librarian

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