Sask Chatters

This past week I participated in a popular Twitter chat here in Saskatchewan called #saskedchat.  The chat is moderated by several different professionals on any week and it is held on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm.  Essentially, #saskedchat is meant to connect educators and people alike in SK that want to collaborate, network, and learn from each other.  A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is basically a tool that uses technology and social media to help connect with others as means for professional/personal development.  Using social media such as Twitter allows educators to collaborate with others at any place, any time.  This type of professional development is intriguing to many people because it is convenient and seemingly more achievable, especially for teachers with busy schedules.

Below is an example of ways to build your PLN:

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Photo credit: catspyjamasnz via Flickr CC

The chat this past week actually focused on what it means to build a PLN.  Some of the questions asked were:

  • What does a PLN mean to you?
  • How do you actively seek opportunities for professional growth?
  • How do your PLNs support your growth as a teacher?
  • What challenges have you experienced developing your PLN?
  • How do different social networks help you as a professional?
  • Why is it beneficial for teachers to invest in developing a diverse PLN?
  • What are some tips on starting to develop a PLN?
  • What professional learning networks should teachers know about?
  • How do you support others?

Within the hour of the Twitter chat, participants share ideas with each other as a way of learning and growth.  These types of questions allow teachers to reflect on themselves as professionals, gain new insight, and develop new understandings.  Participants can also easily share resources and tools.

Screenshot of some of my responses during the chat:

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2 thoughts on “Sask Chatters

  1. Hi Marissa,
    Thank you for sharing more information about twitter chats and how to effectively use twitter to build a PLN. I have participated in a couple of live chats, and I have noticed a few of things. First, I have noticed that the chat moves fast and that it can sometimes be difficult to read through all of the answers. Second, I feel that my answer is one in so many. As a result, comments I do contribute often get lost in the shuffle. This often leaves me feeling overwhelmed and feeling like a very small fish in a giant twitter pond. I was wondering if you have any experience with this (or if you could speak to your feelings regarding twitter chats) and/or if you have any tips to combat these issues when participating in a chat. I would love to hear your thoughts!


    • I completely agree that sometimes the chats can move quite quickly and it can be somewhat overwhelming to try to keep up. I always use Tweetdeck to make sure I can keep track a bit better. Another option is Hoot Suite. They allow you to categorize different hashtags which helps you follow the chat a little closer. Second, I have definitely felt the same way in that it seems like your responses can sometimes get lost. I think the best way to make yourself noticed in a large Twitter chat is by focusing on others’ responses as well. Make the effort to connect with other chatters, respond to their ideas, and continue conversation based on what others have said. Hope this helps!


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