Last night, I participated in a Twitter (or tweet chat) hosted by educators in Ohio under the hashtag #OCIRA.
What is a Twitter or tweet chat, you may ask?
According to Forbes.com:
“A tweet chat is a live Twitter event, usually moderated and focused around a general topic. To filter all the chatter on Twitter into a single conversation a hashtag is used. A set time is also established so that the moderator, guest or host is available to engage in the conversation.“
This #OCIRA Twitter chat was hosted by none other than noted literacy author, Tanny McGregor.
Twitter is a powerful tool for teachers searching for unique and vibrant professional learning. In this case, I was able to interact with other educators, including Tanny herself, in real time on the topic of reading comprehension.
Over the course of the hour-long discussion – which flies by, I might add – I had the opportunity to contribute my own ideas and experiences, and then read about the ideas and experiences of other educators.And what a thrilling (yes, thrilling) experience to have other educators from another part of the world acknowledge and even affirm my ideas and experiences. Indeed, how thrilling it was to have Tanny McGregor herself like and retweet some of my posts. Amazing.
Where else could I exchange ideas and learn with an edu-guru such as Tanny McGregor?
For educators, Twitter can be a powerful tool for learning, connecting, and sharing professional ideas and experiences.
If you want to explore other ways teachers are using Twitter, then type “Twitter for Teachers” into Google.