Announcing the Inauguration of #CoetailChat

Coetail Twitter List

Coetail Twitter List

 

Cross posted from Coetail Coaches Blog

Transformative

Among the life and professional transformational experiences I’ve had because of Coetail, the BEST has been joining the flattened teacher staffroom of Twitter! I joined Twitter in 2007 when it first came out but abandoned it, thinking it was such a dumb idea. Six years later, I went back to it because of Coetail and WOW was my mind blown away by what it had become!

I honestly believe that if you don’t join Twitter during Coetail, you’re missing out on a huge amount of transformational learning material and professional potential.

A Thank You

I would like to thank my fellow 13-14 Coetail Cohort colleague, Jason Graham (aka Twitter hashtag chat King!), for inviting me into the world of twitter chats. He invited me to #pypchat after I had started Coetail only a few months. The twitter chat was “fast and furious” and he reminded me to “breathe” which was excellent advice! How did he know I was feeling overwhelmed and was holding my breath? I don’t think I would have joined, if not for the fact he invited me. It would have been too intimidating for me to jump into a conversation full of strangers. Now, I’m actually helping moderate a new “Africa, Europe, and Middle East” regions #pypchat.

We often need a friend and a helping hand before we get brave enough to enter the world of live twitter chats. Hope we can be that for you, if you’re a newbie to all of this. (If you don’t even know what a twitter hashtag chat is, please scroll to the very bottom of this article for an explanation.)

#CoetailChat

Jason and I are proud to head up the inauguration of a #CoetailChat for past and present Coetailers and for anyone interested in Coetail. The chat is open to ALL who are interested in chatting with us. You don’t have to be a Coetailer (but I have a feeling you’ll want to be one after you spend time chatting with us! 😉 )

Take the Survey

Before we start the chats, we’d like to take a survey asking people what they want out of the chats. It’s YOUR chat, so please let us know what you think!

Take our survey and keep your eyes open on twitter and here, for further information. If you have some comments and suggestions that you would like to share beyond filling out the survey, you’re welcome to share them in the comments box below.

Thank you so much for your support!

We look forward to many vibrant, innovative, edgy #CoetailChat Twitter conversations, in keeping with the same vibrant, forward #moonshot-thinking ethos of our entire Coetail community.

Vivian & Jason on behalf of Coetail

What is a Twitter hashtag chat?

A twitter chat is when participants add a common hashtag to their tweets. In our case, all tweets will have the hashtag #CoetailChat . This allows us to follow the conversation even though we might not be following each others’ twitter accounts. There is usually a moderator that asks questions. Questions are prefixed: Q1, Q2 etc. When you answer, you need to prefix your tweet with A1, A2 etc. and of course add the common hashtag after your answer. It is not necessary but I HIGHLY recommend that you use Tweetdeck to participate in live twitter chats, as it makes it a lot easier to manage the chat stream.

Will you join us?

~Vivian

About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home chezvivian.coetail.com curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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