1) How many regular EdChats there are?
2) What a valuable platform Twitter is for sharing ideas in education
3) How much educators Tweet!
My account goes into meltdown during education events like ISTE and Connected Educators Month. There are over 150 regular Twitter EdChats and wanted to explore them so downloaded all the Tweets over a 6 week period. Some of the questions that I was hoping to explore included;
1) Which chats have the largest audience?
2) Which have the largest number of Tweets?
3) If and how frequently popular links were circulated across EdChat sessions
4) How many chat sessions educators regularly tuned in on, who were EdChat social butterflies
5) Which EdTech suppliers were being mentioned on EdChat hashtags
Should there be an EdChat Moderator Hashtag or Website?
While I still have a bit of work to do with this (which I don't mind as creativity is really just persistence), I have some observations which has led me to wondering if it would be useful to have a dedicated #EdChatModerator hashtag or website.
A lot of Moderators are connected educators and are connected to one another already collaborate - #EdTechChat was manic on the weeks that #FlipClass and #SatChat joined in the discussion.
However, based on the data set and with my involvement with a few EdChats, I thought some kind of Edu moderator resource might be useful for a few reasons;
- New Moderators - There appear to be new EdChat sessions appearing more frequently, there are also some EdChats that are more established than others so;
- Digital Citizenship & Student Moderators - There are a few chat sessions (both edu and non-edu related) that are ran by students, and may be a trend that looks set to continue, as students try to establish a positive digital footprint while they are still studying.
- Archives - With 150+ weekly EdChat sessions this equates to 1,800 storify archives a year, how many educators will have the time to look through all of these? How many great links and resources are being missed but a wider audience?
The issues around key topics like, Digital Citizenship, will be very similar for #ukfechat as they are for #edtechchat or #edchat. However there will be a number of innovative solutions in each session that would be applicable to everyone.
- Previous and Future Topics - When looking at this EdChat data sample there were a number of recurring topics and questions asked across the sessions.
- Topic Specialists - If people with experience in a certain area knew in advance when a chat session was discussing their area of expertise, they could make a note to attend the session.
- Shared Topics - At certain times of the year, or with major policy announcements/changes a lot of EdChats may be discussing very similar topics.
- EdChat-A-Thon - If EdChat Moderators and participants like this idea, as it's "Connected Educators" month, how about launching it with a bit of an event...
With 150+ EdChats would it be possible to co-ordinate a 24hour session with each moderator & chat running a 1 hour session where every session focused on the same topic and asked the same questions?
Is it possible? How many participants would there be? How many Tweets? How many new connections and ideas would there be? ...And how many EdChat addicts would participate for the full 24 hour EdChat-A-Thon?