Last week we celebrated Connected Educator Appreciation Day – one of the most important elements of being a ‘connected educator’ are inarguably Twitter chats. There are few websites which list all of these online meet-ups, so how do you choose the ones that will be the most inspiring and help you grow your PLN? We’ve made a collection of our favourites – let us know about yours in the comments below!
There are many reasons why we love Thursday’s #K12ArtChat’s: fantastic guest hosts including Diane Bleck (@dianebleck) of The Doodle Institute and Ted Edinger of @ArtWithMrE, supportive global network of fellow educators, monthly creative challenges which will surely help you stay focused, and of course, its creators: Laura and Matthew Grundlers (@GrundlerArt & @ArtGuy76) whose positive attitude is simply contagious. Must-follow for all art teachers! New chat every Thursday 8.30pm CST.
From augmented reality to gender issues via maker movement and flipped learning – there are no subjects this growing group of (not only!) Australian teachers are afraid to discuss! The chat was established in 2014 and has been followed by over 3k educators so far. Join it every Sunday 8.30pm AEST.
Created in 2009 by Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell), Tom Whitby (@TomWhitby), and Steven Anderson (@Web20classroom), #edchat is considered to be the oldest educational chat group on Twitter. With guests including Diane Ravitch and Alfie Kohn as well as 2013 Bammy Award, #edchat is an institution in itself and the chat you cannot miss! Every Tuesday at 12pm and 7pm EST (we recommend checking #edchat’s website created by one its team members, Jerry Blumengarten @cybraryman1 before joining in).
Positivity, creativity, teachers’ appreciation and sharing with others – these phrases best characterize this fantastic chat led by Sean Gaillard (@smgaillard) and Natalie Krayenvenger (@NKrayenvenger). Their additional hashtags #CelebrateMonday and #EduHeroes are regularly listed as ‘trending’ on Twitter. Held every Wednesday 8pm EST.
Unlike other chats on our list, #AsiaEd is not a fast-paced Q&A type of online event. It uses a slow chat format instead, which means that one question is asked by the host in the morning, giving teachers the time to answer it throughout the day. It is moderated by a different educator each week and its primary focus is on connecting Asia-based educators.
The motto of this chat of this early morning (for US teachers) chat is ‘Wake up & be awesome!’, which sums it up (almost). The meetup starts at 5.30am every weekday (Monday until Friday) in four US time zones (EST, PDT, CST & MST). It lasts for 15 minutes with just one question, so you can be sure that this intense, sharp-witted chat will brighten your day and set it off to a good start! Created by Jessica Raleigh (@TyrnaD), the meetup is open for question submissions via this website.
If you’re aiming to be more global in your teaching, be sure to check out this truly international chat moderated by Heather Singmaster (@hsingmaster). She has collaborated with US Department of Education, UNICEF and Global Oneness Project on past chats, so the guest hosts include education experts and influencers. A must-follow for all educators who would like to open their classroom to global opportunities! Every Thursday 8pm EST.
Co-hosted by a Singapore-based teacher, Craig Kemp (@Mrkempnz) and author and speaker, Laura Hill (@candylandcaper), this chat is also one of the oldest and the most established online meet-ups for educators. It was nominated to Bammy Awards last year and it keeps inspiring teachers all over the world. The topics include global engagement, nurturing self-development in teaching practice and behaviour management. Held every Thursday at 6pm EST.
This chat for all (but not only) UK-based teachers is perfect for everyone who would like to become a ‘connected educator’, regardless of whether you are just starting your teaching career or you are an experienced educator. Some of the subjects from the past chats include well-being advice for new teachers, using technology in school and flipping your educational model. Moderated by a different teacher each week, #ukedchat goes live every Thursday at 8pm GMT.
#ntchat celebrated its 5th birthday this year and it is still going strong! Created and moderated by international author, speaker and blogger Lisa Dabbs (@teachwithsoul), this chat is open for all educators, who are new to the teaching world and would like to effectively grow their PLN. Learn your educator’s 101 from more experienced peers and ask away every Wednesday at 5pm PDT.
Are you ready to join your first Twitter chat? Make sure to check this post by Sue Waters (@suewaters) from the Edublogs community as it includes a great list of dos and don’ts for all Twitter chat newbies.
Looking for other opportunities to connect with educators from all over the world? Joining Creatubbles is also a great way to grow your global connections as an educator – click on the banner below to see more and be sure to join the Art Teacher Forum Facebook group with over 19,000 members and counting!
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