My newest discovery, which will rapidly expand my PLN and inform my teaching, came last Thursday night on Twitter. I keep finding more and more value in what I first dismissed as “so much background noise” a few years ago (please keep your chuckles to a minimum).
On Twitter, I follow a few prominent eLearning educators, and on Thursday night I kept seeing a bunch of their tweets with the #lrnchat hashtag at the end of their messages. These messages were posting fast and furious; the educators were in full tweetchat mode. By clicking on the hashtag, my Twitter account performed a search of everyone using #lrnchat and voila! I discovered a whole lot of tweeple were holding a live chat. It was a huge group of globally-located, diversely-credentialed twitterers tweeting on the topic of learning and learners.
And so cool!
I was immediately hooked.
The chats are much easier to follow if you use a service called TweetChat. Be sure to get your timezone figured out ahead of time and be sure to introduce yourself both at the beginning and at the end of the session. There is a blog site here that explains the ins and outs, FAQs, tips, etc., of #lrnchat which I highly recommend you read before starting . I only found the site after the chat ended and the information would’ve been helpful to know (*insert wry grin*). Site administrators also post a transcript of the chat afterwords, so don’t feel like you have to keep up with reading every tweet while trying to compose your own – this is very tough to do as ideas and questions are posting rapidly. Hope to see you there next Thursday!
#lrnchat is an online chat that happens every Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST / 5:30-7pm PST over the social messaging service Twitter. Participants are people interested in the topic of learning from one another and who want to discuss how to help other people learn.
The official Twitter account is @lrnchat.