Two weeks ago, I wrote a PLN participation post entitled Call to Arms – Is Your State Hashtag Represented? In the post included a gForm asking for state hashtag information from across the country. The response has been great, as the interactive gMap now has over 45 states represented with others starting their own chats in the coming weeks. If your chat is new or you didn’t get a chance to submit the form, simply send me an email and I’ll add it. The goal here is to provide a place where the education community can easily locate and view their state tag, even if just to lurk in on the conversation. I encourage you to share this link with your colleagues locally and nationally as we build participation for local and global “edchats.”
Below is a breakdown of what you will find as you click on the map pins.
LIST OF HASHTAGS (LEFT SIDE OF MAP)
Here you will find the list of states represented on the map in no particular order. If you click the pin you will open up a list in spreadsheet format which will detail other “edchats” happening within the state.
CLICKING ON PINS
If you click a pin like I’ve done here to the right,
all submitted information will populate within the tab. Included are days, times, archive locations and home pages for these chats. Some occur weekly and monthly while others do not meet regularly. The names and Twitter handles of each chat moderator are included as well as LIVE LINKS to share via Twubs. I am choosing Twubs over Tweetchat these days due to the customizable page features, embeddable options, scroll speed options and ability to follow those within the hashtag community directly from the screen. We recently used Twubs for #ptchat and received good feedback from participants who were both participating with their Twitter accounts or simply watching the tweets roll in.
If you are an educator in a state currently un-represented on the map, let me know if you need help getting your chat up and running. Together we are better.
Looking for a way expose Twitter chats to teachers? On Tuesdays from 12-1PM EDT, overlay the weekly #edchat conversation in the teacher’s lounge or in an area of your school that receives high staff traffic. Provide the opportunity to lurk and learn. Encourage people to follow, connected projects and ideas. Then share your state hashtag information, topics and some people to follow. Help your colleagues build a well-rounded PLN.
— Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) December 4, 2012
*Special thanks to passionate educators Jerry Blumengarten and Tom Murray for their support and resources in creating this open resource.