We had a great time working together. We were able to create a Google Drive document together and shared it with our participants. Christie had some great stories about she started to use Twitter.
At first, she signed up but didn’t see the benefits at first. It wasn’t until later that she began developing relationships with other people online. My first experience with Twitter is similar. I was encouraged to create an account to develop a Professional Learning Network (PLN). But I didn’t see a lot of benefit at first. It wasn’t until I attended the TCEA Conference that I saw the power for professional development.
Of course we had to share about some of the other people we follow on Twitter which included our Superintendent Kevin Worth (@kworthy11) and our new Instructional Technology Facilitator Zach Snow (@ZachSnow).
Additionally, we encouraged teachers to participate in online Twitter chats using hashtags (#). Our favorites that we shared were #edchat, #txed, and #rcisdchat. There were too many others to talks about so we shared a link to other chats that might interest them.
Many of our participants were more interested in sharing about classroom news, reminders about assignments, and events. So we also shared about a system called Remind 101 – a free tool for teachers to share messages with students and parents via text messages (SMS). This is a great resource for communicating without sharing a personal phone numbers.
Christie (@cwatts27) was a fantastic presenter with a lot of interesting and funny stories. She is a very relatable person and helped our teachers to use Twitter in our district.