5 Tips and a #TwitterChat Announcement: #Coaching Stories #edtechcoach (Updated)

Update: Chat transcript appears at bottom of post! Thanks to all who participated!!

Coaching, especially coaching for technology integration, has really "taken off." In fact, some see coaching as a transformational activity, lending "wings" to people who coach and to those who are coached.
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Since we've been exploring collegial coaching for technology integration, that is, coaching that happens between peers at a school or site, with Dr. Wilson and Dr. Alaniz, we are facilitating a TwitterChat about stories that reflect how coaching has impacted you and/or others.

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Are you ready to share your EdTech Coaching Stories? If yes, I hope you will join Guests Dr. Dawn Wilson (@doctordkwilson) and Dr. Katie Alaniz (@Dr_Katie_Alaniz), as well as Co-hosts Diana Benner (@diben) and Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin)!!

The topic is Coaching Stories! for the TwitterChat on
Thursday, May 28, 2015
will be at 8:00pm (CST). 

Join us on Twitter using the hashtag #edtechcoach.

#EdTechCoach Questions
(Note: We reserve the right to adjust questions at the last minute since I'm writing this 24 hours ahead of time and it's appearing some time Thursday!)
Please introduce yourself, what you do, etc.
  1. How has coaching for technology integration changed your work?
  2. How do you build relationships and trust with the people you coach?
  3. How much do coaches need to know about technology before they can help others?
  4. What is your most poignant coaching story or relationship?
  5. What are your greatest fears/concerns about K-12 edtech coaching?
  6. What are your greatest hopes about K-12 edtech coaching?
  7. Final thoughts/reflections?
We'll be following the Q1: question. Please include A1, A2, etc. in front of your responses to identify answers to question 1 or answers to question 2.

There are great instructions on how to participate in a Twitter Chat. Here are 5 tips highlighting what *I* do to stay sane during a Twitter Chat!

Tip #1: Use TweetDeck to keep up with a Twitter chat.
Here is what my TweetDeck looks like (all you need to get started, by the way, is a Twitter account):

Notice that one of the columns--which you can add by clicking on the + symbol on the far left side of the screen--is search results for #edtechcoach, the hashtag for following the Twitter chat.

Tip #2: Add the hashtag #edtechcoach to every tweet you post. 
By adding the Twitter Chat hashtag to each entry, your tweet will become a part of the conversation.

Tip #3: Include the labels appropriate to the question you are responding to.
Since it's easy to "fall behind" in a Twitter chat because of the responses, you can always post your responses to a Twitter chat question by including "A1" or "A2" depending on what question you are responding to.

Tip #4: Star or "Favorite" Contributions that you want to respond to or keep for the future.
There are so many great ideas and tips shared during Twitterchats! You'll want to be able to come back to them later. As you can see in the screenshot above of my Tweetdeck, one of my columns includes my Favorites. When I click on the "star" icon on a tweet that I like or need to respond to, it's added to my growing list of favorites. After I've responded to it, I can "remove" the favorite by clicking the star a second time. This has worked exceedingly well for me and keeps me focused. 

Extra Tip: For advanced users, you can actually have your favorite tweets get automatically sent via IFTTT.com to a destination of your choice (for example, mine go to Evernote).

Tip #5: Add followers.
While you may not need to add all the new folks you meet in a Twitter chat to your followers, if you know what kind of person you want to have in your Professional Learning Network, then you can more easily add them. For example, here are the criteria I use to add people from Twitterchats to my PLN (that is, I follow them on Twitter):
  • Tweet is original and education-focused (or, in this case, coaching focused)
  • The person's twitter account is developed (e.g. no "egghead" icons, significant followers, well thought-out description)
  • Person doesn't tweet about unrelated subjects (e.g. sports) ad nauseum.
  • The tweets are fit to appear in an academic setting (e.g. no cursing, obscenities, etc.).
Finally, as shown above, don't be afraid to BLOCK/MUTE people who "crash a Twitter chat." It's quite easy to do, takes only an instant. I find that I block/mute people regularly (3-5 per day) who may just be in it to seize the PR moment in the worst possible way.

What would you add?


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