#CowetaEdChat: The What? When? Why? and How?

On Sunday, September 28th at 8:00 p.m. Coweta County educators will begin their very first Twitter chat. Found at the hashtag #CowetaEdChat!

As, a 5th grade teacher at Thomas Crossroads Elementary, I’ll be hosting the first chat this Sunday, and my hope with this post is to help future participants understand the in’s and out’s of the chat, so that it will be an enriching and positive experience for everyone.

What is a Twitter chat? A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag. This hashtag allows participants to follow the discussion and participate in it. Twitter chats are recurring and on specific topics to regularly connect people with these interests. For the purposes of #CowetaEdChat, the discussion will revolve around topics relevant to Coweta county educators.

When is the #CowetaEdChat? The chat will be every Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m., and will last about one hour. Participants can read, tweet, and discuss for any amount of time during that hour.

Why Chat? As an educator, I’ve found Twitter chats rewarding and enriching experiences. They allow time for collaboration, and create energy around new ideas. So often the school day is hurried, and there is little time to dig deeper into certain topics. Twitter chats allow for that time. Also, you get to hear from all perspectives: seasoned teachers, new teachers, administrators, field experts, and many others! Finally, the energy is amazing! If you need a pick me up, then join in on the chat, you’ll feel your passion for education come alive!

How do I participate? First, you must open a Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com. Next, go to the search engine on Twitter and type, #CowetaEdChat, and that will bring you to the chat history. A moderator will begin the chat on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The moderator will first welcome all visitors, and take five minutes or so for everyone to introduce themselves with the #CowetaEdChat hashtag attached. Then, the moderator will begin with the first question such as:

Q1: Who is your favorite educational organization to learn from?

You will type (for example):

Q1: I love following the @teachingchannel! #CowetaEdChat

It is important to state Q1 and #CowetaEdChat for other teachers to follow, and for your message to show up in the chat feed.

Others educators can respond to your thoughts, favorite, and retweet!

The moderator will post a new question every ten minutes or so, depending on the flow of the chat, and amount of participants.

Whenever in doubt, know the moderator will take you through the chat. Just have fun with it.

As the moderator of the first chat this Sunday, I can’t wait to hear from Coweta educators, and anyone who would like to take part in our discussion on the Georgia Milestones assessment!

See you tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. at #CowetaEdChat!

Follow me @laurabethfarmer. I would love to connect with you!

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