For me, Twitter is a powerful educational tool, not only because it allows me to engage with likeminded professionals and expand my ever-growing PLN (Personal Learning Network), but because it also provides me an opportunity to reflect and question my own teaching practice. One thing I have found myself doing more frequently is taking part in global chats. Although sometimes late at night or very early in the morning, I find these chats are invaluable for sourcing fresh ideas and discovering new ways of thinking! #WhatIsSchool, #AussieEd, #Nt2t, #SunChat and #ClassDojoChat are all great examples of the power of social media to create, what many educators describe as, a #GlobalClassroom – a unique platform for educators to connect, share and collaborate with other educators from around the world.
So, in no particular order, here are my #GlobalEd #TwitteratiChallenge:
1. Laura Hill - @CandyLandCaper - Laura is recognised for her work as an educator, author, illustrator and speaker however, Laura is also well known for her work as co-creator / moderator of the award winning #WhatIsSchool. She is also a passionate educator and evangelist for the #globalclassroom. You will usually find Laura hosting #WhatIsSchool alongside Craig Kemp (my next nomination) every Thursday evening (11pm GMT / 12pm BST) where they regularly discuss topics such as #edtech, #globalclassroom, mindsets and pedagogy.
2. Craig Kemp - @mrkempnz – Craig is New Zealand born educator based in Singapore and founder of #WhatIsSchool – an award winning #edchat which provides teachers from around the globe a voice in shaping the future of education. Craig is a passionate 21st century educator and a huge advocate for the use of Social Media to support teaching and learning.
3. Julie Szaj - @shyj – Julie is a firm believer that “we are all better together”, a sentiment which I echo. Julie is what I would class as a truly “globally connected” educator. She is also the host of #NT2t (New To Twitter chat) - an edchat session designed for teachers that are new to twitter. Supported by a plethora of experienced educators, #NT2t aims to help new tweachers to navigate the twitter-universe by recommending who to follow and how to tweet. #NT2t is also a great place for sharing best practice and exploring how to integrate technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Join Julie for #NT2t for every Saturday morning at 2pm GMT / 3pm BST.
4. Brett Salakas - @MRsalakas – Brett is a primary school teacher based in Australian educator and is is passionately committed to turning educational theory into real classroom practice. Brett is probably best known for being the founder of #aussieED – a weekly #edchat, similar to #WhatIsSchool, which unites educators from around the world to share best practice and explore the latest educational theories.
You can join in the conversation every Sunday morning, 11.30 (BST)/10.30 (GMT) using the hashtag #aussieED.
5. Jenna Kleine - @jenna_kleine – Jenna is the Community Marketing Manager at Class Dojo. She is a former middle and high school science teacher with a passion for technology and making a real difference in education. Jenna is also the host of #ClassDojoEU – a weekly #edchat in which amazing educators such as Mark Anderson, Claire Lotriet, Bryn Llewelyn and Graham Andre regularly discuss topics such as how to use #edtech to support teaching & learning and classroom management.
Join Jenna and her team of Class Dojo Ambassadors every Wednesday, 8.30pm GMT/BST, using the hashtag #ClassDojoEU.
Here are @teachertoolkit's rules...
In the spirit of social media educator friendships, this summer it is time to recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support.
There are only 3 rules.
1.You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
2.You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge
3.You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and the Rules and What To Do information into your own blog post.
What To Do?
There are 5 to-dos if you would like to nominate your own list of colleagues.
1.Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, identify colleagues you regularly go to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and should act as participants in the #TwitteratiChallenge.
2.If you’ve been nominated, you should write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm
3.The educator nominated should record a video of themselves (using Periscope?) in continuous footage and announce their acceptance of the challenge, followed by a pouring of your (chosen) drink over a glass of ice.
4.Then the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their five other educators to participate in the challenge.
5.The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top 5 go-to educators are.