Day 121 (of 184) the twitter edcamp connection
It was when I realized I had to miss the weekly #arkedchat because of the monthly (first Thursday of the month) #geniushour chat that I finally connected the reasons why I enjoy the professional value of both twitter and edcamps!
Both have amazing discussions and sometimes happening at the same time. There is an amazing array of experts involved in each conversation. Choice is the both the most amazing part (so many conversations to join!) and the most frustrating part (so many conversations to join!). Also, while there may be a moderator involved asking ‘good questions’ (not yes/no responses) the smartest person in the group, is the group.
Then there is still the ‘back channel’ (aka regular feed) to see what is going on in other chats and possibly switch streams. Sometimes a conversation (in a room at an decamp, in a # on twitter) can take an interesting direction and become ‘more interesting’ to you – that’s okay – it’s not personal – it’s about ‘personal connection’. I’ve been at an edcamp where I ‘voted with my feet’ (something which is reminded at the start of edcamps) and changed rooms when the conversation in the room I started in went more secondary, and I saw via ‘back channel’ that another discussion had switched to anxiety – something I am more ‘invested’ in.
In theory, the virtual world of twitter chats should be easier to ‘join multiple rooms’, but when the discussions really get going, it can be very tricky to keep multiple conversations straight. That’s also why I like the asynchronous nature of Twitter – there can be a second #chat that I can go back and take a look/read through later on – when I have more time…
I’m looking forward to our next ‘mini edcamp’ in #83learns (we are introducing the edcamp model by doing ‘single sessions’ after school – they’ve been fun and are getting some of us very interested in hosting a ‘bigger one’) as the edcamp brings together educators wanting to ’talk shop’.
Important conversations about education are being held in virtual & physical spaces – and I love how ‘titles’ vanish in both environments – conversations are being held by ‘educators’ who have an interest in the specific topic of the moment and it doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, superintendent, elementary or secondary – what matters is asking good questions and sharing experiences.
Want to see some more #chats? Go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AiftIdjCeWSXdDRLRzNsVktUUGJpRWJhdUlWLS1Genc&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer8c52f (and thanks to the team that is compiling this!!)
Don’t be overwhelmed, pick and choose – then go share at an edcamp!!