I want to take a minute to show you just how small our world has become because of Twitter and other social media:
Last week I came across a Twitter Chat that intrigued me. #PTChat is known throughout the country (and beyond!) for its engaging discussions with parents and teachers, about relevant educational topics. Last week, #PTChat was talking about using Twitter as a communication tool for teachers and administrators. Our school believes in the power of Twitter, and we encourage our teachers and administrators to share classroom and campus information through this social media tool. I was excited to share some ideas, and learn from others through this chat.
During the chat, my friend (through Twitter) Gwen Pescatore, a parent from Knapp Elementary in Pennsylvania, gave a shout out to our school’s weekly chat, #TMSHawkChat. It’s an informal discussion that our principal moderates each Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm., and it gives us an opportunity for two way communication with our community.
As it turns out, a principal and her students from Wisconsin were also participating in #PTChat, and picked up on Gwen’s tweet about our school chat. The principal, Melissa Emler, asked her student group, Shullsburg Pride, to gather information about our school chat to participate, and possibly gain ideas for their own chat. Gwen graciously offered the info they needed, and mentioned me and our principal in her tweet. Melissa noticed that she and I were actually teamed up (randomly) by George Couros, to participate in a new Twitter based program called the School Administrator Virtual Mentor Program (#SAVMP).
So….if you’re playing along at home, let me summarize:
- Random people from around the country participate in a #PTChat session
- A teacher asks about school specific chats, and someone mentions #TMSHawkChat
- The teacher recognizes me as a member of her twitter community.
And that’s how small our Twitter World is! Even though we’ve never physically met, I feel like Gwen, Melissa, and I are already connected. I imagine if we ever ran across each other at a conference, workshop, or airport, we’d pick up where we left off on Twitter…we’ve already met.#TMSHawkChat meets every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. CST (when school is in session). The discussion is informal, and is usually centered around a relevant and timely educational topic. Teachers, administrators, parents, students, and guests are always welcome! #PTChat meets on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. CST. It has become the premiere Twitter Chat for parent/teacher discussions. Join others from around the world as they discuss topics that are important to teachers, parents, and the community. Not sure how to participate in a Twitter Chat? Check out this informative page from Cybraryman, which includes a Quick Start Guide to Participating in a Twitter Chat.