Last night was an exhilarating night for #MTedchat, a chat co-founded and moderated by Crista Anderson (@cristama) and myself. Participants were lucky to be able to interact with three of our highest state representatives, Governor Steve Bullock, Lt. Governor Angela McLean, and State Superintendent of Schools Denise Juneau. The chat was used as a platform to share thoughts focusing on "Innovation in Education" as the three travel the state on their annual back-to-school tour.
As #MTedchat has continually proven, Twitter is a place for people to network, collaborate, and share their ideas. Roughly 66 individuals participated and shared their thoughts via 700+ Tweets within the hour. If that's not mind-blowing, I'm not sure what is! And the most powerful piece is that those Tweets were thought-provoking, illustrated reflection, and pushed other participants to think about the ideas and how they apply to their practice. For me, that's the true power behind Twitter chats. For it to be powerful, it has to be applicable for me and my students. Undeniably, yesterday's chat was!
Innovation means many things -- from technology to keeping education relevant. What can the state learn from each of you? #MTedchat— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) September 3, 2014
@denisejuneau @LtGovMcLean @GovernorBullock Thank you for being a positive influence in Ss lives. What you do matters. #MTedchat— John Griffith (@JohnGriffith79) September 3, 2014
#MTedchat Look forward to continued advocacy on behalf of all of Montana's learners. They need our voice!— Angela McLean (@LtGovMcLean) September 3, 2014
Thank you so much...Every single participant in this chat has helped to grow me as an educator and a leader. #mtedchat— Crista Anderson (@cristama) September 3, 2014
YOU ARE ALL AWESOME! Have a great beginning of another school year. It's going to be the best year ever! #MTedchat #rockstars— denisejuneau (@denisejuneau) September 3, 2014
— denisejuneau (@denisejuneau) September 3, 2014
I also love that it bridges the gap between all education stakeholders. Whether you're a state representative, a superintendent, principal, teacher, parent, or student, #MTedchat provides the opportunity for all voices to be heard. It's working to narrow the communication gap between all involved.
With that said, come join us! We chat every Tuesday at 8:00 PM MDT. If you missed last night's chat, you can view the archive here: https://storify.com/TriSciCurious/mtedchat-9-2-innovation-in-education. Also, be on the lookout for an article in the Billings Gazette about #MTedchat in the coming weeks. It's sure to be a good read!
Additional reading if you're interested:
Twitter chat is shaping Montana education