This past week, PCTELA held our first Twitter Talk about summer reading. (We’ll be holding these the third Monday of every month from 8pm to 9pm.) If you are on twitter, you might already know about the wide variety of talks for teachers. If you’re not on twitter, these would be a great reason to make an account and do some professional development. Many of us were talking at our recent PCTELA board meeting about how we use twitter for professional development, to reach out to authors, and talk about writing–personally and professionally.
One of the oldest education talks, #edchat, happens Tuesdays from 12pm to 1 and 7 to 8 pm Eastern Time. The description from their page: “#Edchat is the weekly Bammy Award winning Twitter conversation that any educator can join to discuss and learn about current teaching trends, how to integrate technology, transform their teaching, and connect with inspiring educators worldwide. We also discuss education policy, education reform and often have leaders worldwide join our conversations, such as Alfie Kohn, Diane Ravitch, and the Finnish Education Leaders.”
There’s also #engchat, more specifically for English educators, which happens Mondays from 7 to 8pm. This is “a network of English teachers connecting with one and another via Twitter to share ideas, resources and inspiration. To join, search for the hashtag, #engchat in twitter or use a tool such as TweetChat to help you follow the discussion. Each week, a guest moderator shares a new idea, perspective or vision of what it means to be an English teacher.”
There are plenty of other chats online–I found this comprehensive list/calendar of chats for you to scroll through and look for chats more specific to your interests (like AP, or flipping class).