For educators who thrive on connections, Twitter chats may be the perfect form of professional development. "The collective intelligence of a chat can provide educators with classroom-tested lessons, a variety of perspectives on specific problems or an introduction to emerging technologies," says Daniel Krutka (@dankrutka), who uses Twitter to connect to his students and the rest of the education community.
Participating in chats even aligns with the ISTE Standards for Educators because they allow you to improve your practice by learning from and with others to explore proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.
ET) Topics focus on personalized learning, learner agency, changing culture, voice and choice, and strategies to transform teaching and learning.
ET) Connects passionate educators with books, and with each other.
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If you don’t find something for you on this list, check out Participate.com, which hosts an easy to use list of chats organized by topic and even highlights happening each day. Find upcoming topics and read archived chats at edchat.
ET) For current and emerging school leaders, #satchat became so popular it spawned two geographically specific offshoot chats: #Satchat WC for West Coasters and #Satchat OC for educators living in Oceania (Indonesia, Polynesia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, etc.).
ET) For anyone interested in kindergarten and early-childhood education.