Dear snow: Back off. Thanks, Chad
was a tweet from a friend of mine today.
AMEN! I have had MORE than enough! It’s Wednesday–we haven’t been to school this week, and this weekend they’re calling for even MORE snow! AAGH. . . enough complaining.
Last night’s Edchat was WILD. . . I used tweetgrid to follow it–ahem–to TRY to follow it–and could not even begin to read that fast. Is it time to morph it?
Last week Matt Guthrie and I tried to have what he called “pregame” conversations on our blogs, and we hoped postgame conversations would occur as well. Both of us got a fair number of responses on the blogs (curriculum overload and grade fog) and I believe it DID make a difference in the chat. This week Chad Sansing and I tried it with the top two topics and while folks read both, not much conversation occurred this time on the blogs. (Chad’s and mine)
Last night (or yesterday at noon), several folks discussed perhaps keeping the same topic for two weeks to allow for those “after-the-fact” revelations we all have, or to have an opportunity to respond to the thoughts we didn’t catch the first time around. That told me I’m not the only one feeling overwhelmed by this fast-paced, furious spate of great thoughts flowing.
BUT, on the other hand, others were saying they loved the fast and furious pace– one person even tweeted me and said that’s why she loved Edchat–and that she would love to have this buzz from her faculty room. (Wouldn’t we all–but, for me, a bit more slowly so I could think about my wording some as I responded!)
Yesterday, I saw some folks in the edchat stream on my Tweetdeck get in a snit about edchat being all about technology (which I don’t see it being.) They were saying it’s worthless if it doesn’t address education (which it certainly does, IMHO). I’m not sure where they were getting their info. . .
So, all that having been said, obviously #edchat is valuable. Obviously, people are looking for the conversations. Obviously, the conversations cause reflective thinking and, according to edchat comments, further change, BEYOND the chat.
A HUGE thanks goes to Jerry Swiatek for archiving the chats so folks can go back to them, and Tom Whitby and Shelly Terrell for organizing them, and Steven Anderson for setting up the polls each week! If you have more questions about Edchat, see Tom Whitby’s recent post explaining it.
So, my questions are:
Is there a need to change the format to allow more actual conversation to occur rather than a fast spate of comments and people either retweeting with a quick YES! or responding to one sentence declarations?
If people choose to blog about the topics, could we have a place on the archive wiki to post our blog addresses WITH the topic it addresses so folks could have further reading? OR, would that be better on the PLN ning, as Matt suggested last week?
Could/Should we do a topic two weeks in a row? Would that help?
Is there a better tool to use than Twitter for conversations such as we are looking at having with a large group of educators?
And, last, but certainly not least, am I trying to improve something that doesn’t need improvement?
Would love to hear your thoughts. . .