Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Twitter Hashtag Magic - An Example @diben #edtechchat @twubs

Next week at ISTE 2013, lead presenter Diana Benner and I will be engaging the audience of 152 participants with a problem and approaching it from a Problem-based Learning angle a la PBL-Enhanced Professional Learning.

Unfortunately, there are going to be a LOT more people in the room than we counted on--150+. Wow. Here's how the PBL enhanced lesson works:
  1. Introduce folks to the Problem via a video, a scenario they read or have read to them.
  2. Share that to solve the problem, we're going to go through a few steps.
    1. Hunches - In large group, ask participants to share their guesses about what's happening in the scenario.
    2. Identify What We Know - Focus on identifying--in the text--what we actually know about what's happening.
    3. Identify What We Need to Know - Identify what we need to know to help them solve this problem.
    4. Take the questions formulated in Step 3 and prioritize them according to importance.
    5. Identify stakeholders and then divide large group into stakeholders to respond to questions that are stakeholder specific.
    6. Stakeholder groups develop solution from their unique perspective, then share back with the group.
That's pretty much the process in a nutshell. With only an hour to do this, chances are, we'll probably only use the problem engagement to identify questions and stakeholders. The solutions, we hope will come from the resulting interaction.

One of the challenges with such a large (150+!!!) group is collecting responses so they are meaningful. An approach that dawned on me was to take advantage of Twitter and hashtags (read how to do it here) to capture responses. These responses to hunches, what we know, what we need to know in the form of questions, can be organized in a table.

To organize the hashtags as a table, we'd need to embed those hashtag searches. makes that possible, as you can see from the image at the top of this blog entry.

What do you think? Crazy?

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1 comment:

EdTechSandyK said...

How did your presentation go? Did the hashtag approach work out?

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