The Importance of Modeling Technology

From Patrick Larkin in his article Getting Connected:

School leaders have a moral obligation to connect and collaborate to help all students.

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How can we be upset with teachers who are hesitant when using unfamiliar technology if we do not participate ourselves? Besides, it’s not about us; it’s about the students and ensuring that we are doing all we can to best prepare them to compete for jobs that have yet to be created.

This last weekend, I had the chance to sit in on a roundtable discussion with some ELT administrators who are taking the step to use technology, such as Twitter, to connect with one another as well as with those outside of their normal sphere of discussion. They are doing this because they see the value in developing their personal learning network (PLN) to help themselves, their colleagues, and their students. I applaud them for being willing to take this step, even though some are being taken far outside their comfort zone. They are even starting their own chat hashtag and meeting times online. I am sure that as this develops, we will all benefit from their expertise. My hope is that others will follow their example.

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TweetChat: Simple chat participation on Twitter

http://tweetchat.com/

 

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion for ELT administrators who were interested in using Twitter as a means of professional development. In my excitement of being there, I failed to mention TweetChat.

For those not yet familiar with TweetChat, it is a site that makes it easier to participate in Twitter chats by only showing this items with the designated hashtag and attaching that tag to the end of each message you send. There are some other nice parts to it such as user control and auto pausing when you scroll.

It is a pretty easy tool making it something anyone can use without a lot of experience in using Twitter. Give it try. You might find it makes the chat feel more like a conversation without all the distractions of other messages.