Last night was another successful #wvedchat, and led by Rebecca Recco (@beccarecco). She wanted to focus on growth mindset, something she greatly enjoys and loves learning about.
Shortly before the session began, I had the idea to host a Meme Challenge. It’s something we’ve been doing with #IMMOOC, and I wanted to see what our crew could come up with. Their meme had to focus on growth mindset. The rules are thus:
Any person from #wvedchat is welcome to participate. All entries (one can submit as many memes as they want) are due by 11:59 PM this Friday, 10/7/16. Submit your entries on Twitter using the hashtag #wvedchat, or to our Facebook page, WVEdChat.
The winner will receive a copy of the book “The Growth Mindset Coach” by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley.
Last night I hosted #wvedchat’s biweekly edchat. Originally, Dr. Rikki Lowe was to be the main host and I was to be the 2nd moderator to assist. However, she had a family emergency, and so I took over the chat. She had all of the images prepared, so I only had to make sure they got uploaded at the proper times. Well that, and encourage the conversation to expand.
If you’ve never hosted an edchat, it can be a bit daunting. Being a participant and watching things move quickly is one thing, but watching as a moderator and replying/liking others’ tweets is a whole other ballgame. My fingers were left flying across the keyboard as I participated, but in the end, I was pleased with how things turned out.
We focused on lessons from summer professional development, and the things that were learned. Many of us shared edtech tools or workshops that we attended. If you weren’t there, what was your favorite summer PD opportunity, and why?
Because I was helping with the revamping of #wvedchat, I wasn’t able to pay attention at all to this one. That’s okay though because that’s what transcripts are for!
Last night’s chat focused on how educators can work toward gaining support from administrators for game-based learning. As teachers, we all know that when we have the support of administrators behind us, implementation of anything becomes so much easier.
The chat discusses roadblocks, the support needed, how to use Minecraft for assessment, and more. For many, it should help them to see that they aren’t alone when it comes to implementing game-based learning into the classroom.
#wvedchat has been working to relaunch itself this past week. A few of us got together on Saturday to discuss the future of #wvedchat and how to improve the community. Myself, Rikki (@DrRikki908), and Derek (@Mr_Oldfield) spent over an hour last Saturday morning discussing the possibilities, which I will explain in a future post. Suffice to say, the result of our effort was visible last night.
#wvedchat uses Participate for it’s host, which means we have stats to track each chat. We switched over to Participate in April. Last night was our best chat since that switchover. We had more participants, more discussions, and way more activity. Rikki and I took on a side moderator role in which we made sure to engage in conversation, retweets, and liking of others’ posts.
The chat itself was hosted by Remind’s Sarah Dougherty (@sardougherty). It focused on communicating and connecting with not only educators but parents and families. Of course, Remind is one of the many ways to accomplish this. Read the transcript below to see what transpired during our hourlong chat!
I happened to miss the weekly chat last night. I was reading a good book, and honestly didn’t want to put it down. So I stayed curled up in my comfy spot on the couch instead. This is why transcripts are a good thing because I can later go back and see what I missed.
Last night, #minecraftedu took on a discussion that talked about how to use Minecraft Education Education in the social studies classroom, especially for more than just models of ancient buildings. Check it out!
Last night’s #wvedchat was a ton of fun, and definitely something we all had something to discuss. We welcomed a new host, Angie Millman, an AP from Berkley County, for this week’s chat.
School/Community Partnerships are critical these days, especially with the rise of social media. Schools need to work to build these relationships in order to build a positive connection with the communities that they serve.
Last night’s chat was all about how teachers can use Minecraft to support curriculum delivery. The chat focused on the benefits/challenges of using Minecraft in the curriculum, how teachers can keep students engaged, and how teachers can grow and learn more about creating their own activities with Minecraft.