Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My First #edchat and #spedchat Experiences

Today was a great day for learning!  I took the plunge and joined in on #edchat this morning and #spedchat this evening.  Thank you to all the people who were there.  I learned a lot from reading and responding.

Here are some of the things that I learned today...
  • This morning I tried to use TweetChat to follow #edchat and it was pretty confusing.  I really should have read this blog post before I started.  I got wiser tonight and I used HootSuite and put my home feed, the #spedchat feed, my mentions feed and my inbox right beside each other and had a much easier time following (of course it helped that #spedchat was probably a bit slower in general than #edchat). 
  • Loved to see how quickly action can happen tonight.  It was neat to watch as people talked about what could be done, came up with a plan and started tweeting people that could listen in regards to changing things immediately.  I am still putting my toe in to this big pool of "social media" so watching this was a great learning experience for me.  I'm looking forward to seeing if Michelle Rhee joins a future #spedchat.  Even though I'm Canadian this would be fascinating for me!
  • During this morning's discussion there was a lot of talk about teaching students to use social media but also teaching them the skills around managing their digital footprint.  A great link to this lesson was shared during this discussion: Introducing Students to Their Cyberselves.  It ties in to my thought that we need to be teaching so much more than academics - to really understand one's digital footprint there needs to be an understanding of so much more.
  • I'm finding that by reading blogs and connecting with people online that I'm finally starting to really understand some of these catch phrases that people are saying.  Today the tweet "Education should not be about teaching so much as it is about setting up situations where students can learn" (my apologies to the person who wrote this line as I should have got your name to include here) finally made the idea that its about learning and not teaching clear to me.
Again... thanks to all those people in these chats.  It was a really great experience for me and I look forward to doing it all again next week :).


  1. So glad you could join us for #edchat, Monica! Just got back from a holiday trip to the land of milk and honey (and malls) that is Alberta. Will definitely poke around your blog, as well.


  2. Thanks for stopping by Raman... the only thing that makes it bearable to live in the cold here in Alberta is knowing that its colder in Winnipeg ;).