Last week my ECMP455 class participated in the weekly #saskedchat twitter chat, moderated by Kelly Christopherson. For most of us this was our first live twitter chat to participate in on our own (we really are growing up fourth years! :P) This experience formed connections with educators, and even other math specific educators, who we probably would not have met if it weren’t for this powerful online community.
However, this week we had a special opportunity to participate in discussion again during our night class because of two excited, willing, and cooperative moderators Tuesday evening, Christopherson and Ferrah Graham. The turnout from Saskatchewan educators was still incredible, and I gained another half a dozen followers through this chat. The most exciting part for me was not only learning from other teachers and educators, but when my comments/ideas were actually noticed by others and expanded on through online discussion. Above is a screenshot of my Tweet Deck and a glimpse of two main feeds I follow regularly. The column on the left feeds the hashtag for my university class, and the right column is an example of a conversation about digital safety with three brilliant individuals I would have never met without twitter. Initially my reply gained response from my fellow classmates (left image) but watching it grow and reach others who are following #saskedchat was super cool!
Now, I know I mentioned interacting and discussing such interesting topics with these provincial wide teachers was a huge thumbs up for me, but I experienced an even more exciting moment later on Tuesday night. We were asked to share any specific apps, programs, or technologies that we enjoy or have found successful in our classrooms. I replied, stating how much I enjoy Seesaw and how closely it resembles and education-based Instagram. I had teachers from outside of Saskatchewan commenting how they hadn’t heard of this app yet and would love to try it. I had teachers asking ME questions, yes, ME, I couldn’t believe it! By the end of the chat I had the creators of Seesaw following me on twitter and answering questions for these teachers through replies on my tweet.
This may seem silly for how excited I got, but it just goes to show the potential Twitter has to be interactive and collaborative with people around the world.
Huge thank you to my professor, Alec Couros, for introducing us to and making special arrangements for a #saskedchat live conversation to take place during our class.