My next #edcamp session idea revolves around social learning networks for educators to play and learn-out-loud on.
Yes, the Twitter session is needed at every #edcamp. Twitter is like the playground, that amazing place where you're exposed to all types of ideas and educators and media.
- Teachers that get a Twitter account during an Edcamp or other PD session are excited. They see other veteran tweeters sharing twitter stories and tips with them as +Barb Gilman, +Anibal Pacheco and I did at #edcampKS and +Sean Nash and +Jamie Neibling and I did at Summer Academy for North Kansas City Schools. They want to try it. They want to learn. They want to share. And as anyone who has been to an #edcamp can attest, it is great fun sharing f2f with educators in a relaxed atmosphere, no matter what side of the coin you're on. We're all facilitators and learners.
- If the New-to-Twitterers keep at it by following at least 100 educators, clicking the HOME icon and reading the edu-tweets, they will find things they're interested in. They'll find things they want to explore. They'll see social networks and posts they're curious about.
While Twitter is like the playground of education and where you go to keep your pulse on the big show, the other social networks are like the games in progress on the playground. The playground wouldn't be the same if you just walked around and looked at it. You gotta jump in and play different games. You meet new people there and gain new experiences there. Others benefit from your posts.
Foursquare is a social check-in app that allows you to also share pictures of places and of you at those places, perhaps with edufriends. I actually know very few local friends on Foursquare (that are my age anyway) but there certainly are many of the same educators I learn with on Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, FB, Google+ , and Youtube there. Foursquare is yet another way I connect AND get discounts at restaurants and stores in my area or in cities I travel to.
Starting on Youtube and Blogger came after I was exposed to other educators learning out loud on Twitter and other networks. I learn much from reading the blogposts of my dear Twitter educator friends and seeing them speak/act/sing/perform in person either on Youtube or Google Plus in hangouts. I started blogging only because I was exposed to others blogposts via Tweets. I gave myself 2 weeks to list things to blog about. I had a long list.
The next #edcamps in my 'visit' queue are #edcampSGF (Springfield, MO) on September 20 and then #edcampKC (Kansas City, MO) on November 9th, which I'm happily planning with +Kyle Pace and +Steve J. Moore . After that, I'm learning out loud at #edcampSTL (Feb 8th) and #edcampOmaha (March 23rd). I'll be filling in a little square on the sign-up chart about the games on the playground.
One of my posts from #edcampKS on August 3rd found on Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, and Flickr.