Thursday, October 24, 2013

PD Opportunity- US Ed Chat on Twitter

This summer I was reintroduced to the power of Twitter as a Professional Learning Community for teachers. Our very own, Holly Sutherland and Jennifer Hogan from Hoover High School, started and moderate Alabama Ed Chat on Monday nights.  They will be guest moderators next Monday on US Ed Chat.  Check it out!  Below you'll find a message and explanation from Holly about the chat:

Next Monday night, October 28th, is the quarterly #USedchat twitter chat moderated by Jennifer Hogan and me. We are very excited about the topic: Are Schools Still Relevant? With today’s technology and the increased access to instruction and information, is it necessary for kids to come to school? Is the school the one place where some students’ basic needs are met? What do educators bring to the table that keeps school relevant?

We have three special guest moderators who will be helping us that night. They are three very respected educators from across the country.

Co-founders and co-moderators:
Jennifer Hogan, @jennifer_hogan
Holly Sutherland @BUCSlead

Guest moderators:
Dr. Laurie Barron, Superintendent in Montana, 2013 National Middle School Principal of the Year  @LaurieBarron
Brad Currie, Assistant Principal in New Jersey  @bcurrie5
Scott Rocco, Superintendent in New Jersey  @ScottRRocco

We would love for you to join us – either live or virtually! We love learning from the participants in the many state chats, and the #USedchat has participants from all different backgrounds and educational settings. We will be hosting a twitter chat party at Hoover High School in the library from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. The chat starts at 8:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. We will provide snacks and a fun atmosphere – feel free to join us if you can! Use the link to make your reservation. (We want to plan for enough snacks/refreshments!)

How to join the chat:
The best/easiest way to participate if you are on a computer/laptop is to go to the website and sign in with your twitter info. You will see a rectangle at the top, where you enter USedchat and you will only be able to see tweets that have #USedchat in them (it's not case-sensitive).    **Also, on, it will automatically put #USedchat at the end of your tweets for you.

The format is Q1, Q2, Q3, with corresponding responses A1, A2, A3, etc. Be sure to use the hashtag

If you are on your iPad, there are two ways to participate. You will want to open twitter and type #USedchat into the search bar to see only the tweets with #USedchat in them, or you can download the Hootsuite app onto your ipad and create a column with the keyword #USedchat. (If you’re not tech-savvy or not familiar with HootSuite, this option may be more difficult.)

Hope you will join us!!


Holly Sutherland, Ed.D.

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