I was not there. I was not in the room for the Tweet Up. I stumbled upon an amazing group of educators. Just by checking out a hashtag. This is the hashtag: #WaTeachLead
While watching my Saturday morning Classroom 20 Live with @coffeechugbooks Aaron Mauer to learn about student voice and project based learning, I saw a tweet with the hashtag #WaTeachLead which led me to a Tweet Up with Washington State teachers at Puget Sound Educational Service District. Here's PSESD's invitation, including Why Twitter: Most Powerful Professional Learning Network.
What an honor to "listen" and "chat" with such an amazing group of educators dealing with the same issues of #CCSS Common Core and teacher evaluation. In addition, many were introduced to Twitter 101: your own personal learning network of educators. It was awesome. The information below this post shares our chat and their Prezi. Here is the Twitter Handout.
Notice I said "our chat," because although I was not at the Tweet Up at PSESD, I could still learn and participate through Twitter. How awesome is that? I've met many fellow language arts middle school teachers as well as others. Now in Washington State teachers have a way to share and learn together about the mandates added to their journey as teachers, and that makes the path more open and less intimidating. It's not a jungle out there, it's a community. To follow the community, I discovered a "tagboard" to keep track of hashtags, and created one for hashtag #WaTeachLead here: Tagboard. It curates the chat and any tweets in between because it updates. As you can see, we teachers are stepping forward and leaving footprints, a digital path of discourse in a democratic society. Amazing, isn't it?
So, I've dusted off this old blog, ready to start again. NSD in the 21st Century: things have changed. I hope you follow @PSESDLiteracy to learn more about these issues and to follow hashtag #WaTeachLead. Visit their CORElaborate site to learn more. From these you will find many more people to follow on Twitter. Please follow me at @nsdedwards.
If you are an NSD teacher, I hope you create your Twitter account [ I'll guide you -- just ask ] following our protocol of nsd+lastname [ example: nsdedwards ]. We can use the hashtag #nsd14ed .
This is a journey we don't need to take alone. Thank you #WaTeachLead and others for the encouragement and support. Yes, I wasn't physically there, but I was "there."
Missed our Tweet Up yesterday? Check out the feed on #CCSS & #TPEP connections on Storify http://t.co/OHayLcGvpK #WATeachLead @EdCampPSWA
— PSESD Literacy (@PSESDLiteracy) May 18, 2014
Here's a record of the chat:
Edudemic's Guide to Hashtags
Cybraryman's Twitter Chat Info
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