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From #chat to #do - Taking action with your PLN

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Session Four: Sunday 10:30am–12:00pm
Room 308
Eric Brunsell, Elizabeth Alderton, Damian Bariexca
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

The facilitators surveyed and analyzed the public Twitter feeds of classroom teachers to determine the specific purposes for which teachers use Twitter. Study participants were also asked to complete a survey in which they discussed their personal feelings on the benefits of networking via Twitter and how frequently, if ever, have they parlayed knowledge or networking opportunities gained via Twitter into classroom practice. We will share our findings, as well as discuss the proliferation of education-related hashtag chats such as #edchat in the last year. Finally, examples of collaborative groups seeking to move ideas from Twitter to the classroom will be provided (SciDo & EngDo wikis, SBG Borg), as well as inviting the audience to contribute their own experiences. The purpose of this session is to use the "power of the group" to identify strategies for fostering community action.

Conversational Practice:
Be prepared to share ideas. The research will set the context, but the goal is to generate ideas to foster action. We will use a structure to maximize discussion. Off site participants will be welcomed into the conversation through the use of elluminate as a backchannel.


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