If you aren’t personally on Twitter, you most certainly have colleagues in your district who use it for professional development. From renowned authors and speakers to fellow teachers and administrators, Twitter offers educators unprecedented access to a dynamic professional development network.
In fact, a Twitter executive reported last year that, of the half billion tweets that post each day, 4.2 million are related to education.
And while school communicators have been connecting individually on Twitter for some time, a new Twitter chat offers targeted professional development and networking, from the convenience of a computer, smartphone or tablet. Every other Tuesday evening, #K12PRchat will bring together school communicators from across North America for one hour to share and learn.
If you’re new to Twitter chats or Twitter in general, this is a perfect chance to get your feet wet. A Twitter chat is a group conversation that is designated by a unique hashtag — in this case, #K12PRchat. Moderators ask questions, and participants tweet answers to those questions, using the hashtag. Click here for more background on Twitter chats and great tips to get the most out of the conversation.
The value of a Twitter chat is clear: The first #K12PRchat took place on Tuesday, and you can view all the tweets with the hashtag here. You don’t even need a Twitter account to read the encouragement and great content that your colleagues are sharing. (You do need an account to participate in the discussion.)
Make plans now to join or watch the next #K12PRchat, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Eastern. Future chats will take place at the same time, every other Tuesday. Take this chance to engage and share — your professional learning has never been more accessible!