What happens when our #eci832 class meets up with #saskedchat ... magic that's what (and a bit of carpal tunnel). On Tuesday March 10th, we spent the last hour of our ECI 832 class doing a special Tuesday edition Saskedchat (usually #saskedchat is on Thursdays at 8 PM CST). It all started out with reaching out to the amazing lead moderator and co-founder (an PhD candidate) Kelly Christopherson. The weekly chat has been active for many years and attracts educators and those interested in education from around Saskatchewan and around North America. It has been a great source of community, sharing, best practice, and food for thought. The chat is dynamic and always looking for new ideas, topics, and guest moderators. So I thought it would be a great fit for our ECI 832 class especially in unison with our course content and our strong class community. Kelly was more than open to this which also included a switch from the regular Thursday night time slot to a special Tuesday night edition. I also pitched the idea to Alec who was as always open to having our class engage in new ways to learning and sharing. Once Alec gave the thumbs up to this opportunity I started to plan out the chat. I was very grateful and happy that fellow ECI832 classmate and frequent saskedchat contributor Curtis Bourassa offered to help organize and moderate the chat. I opened up a google doc to allow for classmates to add questions to ... got a couple of questions but thought it would be great to use the weekly questions from our class as we have discussed some in our group already and preview a few of our future topics. We also spent some time in class review what a Twitter chat looked like and tools like Tweetdeck to stay organized and on top of one of the fastest hours of your life (haha). Used Photoshop to create the question and welcome cards, then sent the cards to Kelly to schedule into the chat time slot. You can use tools like Tweetdeck or Buffer to schedule exactly when you want a tweet to come out. The chat was promoted in our class and with the saskedchat community prior to the event. So when 8 PM on Tuesday March 10th rolled around it was go time. I stayed on our Zoom chat and this created a great back channel chat with Curtis, Matteo, Amanada and a few others. The action was fast and furious. I have moderated a chat before but this one was really 'hopping' and Curtis and I were laughing about how fast our fingers were flying. It was very gratifying and special to see two communities that I care a lot about come together, meet, mingle, and chat about a topic that is important to all of us. I hope that people came away with at least on take away they will use, grew there PLN, and hopefully see a Twitter chat like saskedchat is a great way to share, learn, and grow. As Kelly would say it would be a great opportunity to experience #mypdtoday. As an added bonus Curtis, Matteo, and myself had a little after hours session. We had a beverage and just continued to talk about the chat and whatever else we wanted. It was special and we are even thinking about making it a thing and invite others to the informal get together. Thanks to all that made this possible especially Kelly, Alec, and Curtis. An added bonus was that the #saskedchat hashtag was trending #4 in Canada (almost beat out the Bachelor haha).
#ECI832 + #SASKEDCHAT Highlights of the Night
Here are a few highlights of the night for each question. It was great to watch the exchanges fly by but each of these either sparked a thought, shared a resource, or added to the rich discussion that was taking place. Check out the chat wakelet at the bottom. What were a few of your highlights?
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.