With Literacy Month firmly in mind, we are inviting educators to join us online for a new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet to celebrate and cultivate the literacy skills of students, locally and globally. Whether it’s connecting students to real authors through Skype in the Classroom, or using technologies like Microsoft Learning Tools to improve their reading skills, there’s more than one way to support student literacy development in your community.
Anyone can join in and connect with the passionate educators (and avid readers!) in this TweetMeet, who will share their thoughts on reaching more readers and using the right tools to bring literature to life. (Ok, but what’s a TweetMeet?)
Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet is on Tuesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST. Check event times for your location.
Why join the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?
TweetMeets are monthly recurring Twitter conversations about themes relevant to educators, facilitated by Microsoft Education. The purpose of these events is to help professionals in education to learn from each other and inspire their students while they are preparing for their future. The TweetMeets also nurture personal learning networks among educators from across the globe.
We’ll let our eager hosts explain more – and we highly welcome your video response to this grid, so go ahead and submit yours. You can also respond during the TweetMeet with a video, if you prefer.
When and how can I join?
Join us Tuesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #Literacy and #MicrosoftEDU (which you can always use to stay in touch with us). To find the event time for your specific location, use this time zone announcer.
How can I best prepare?
To prepare for the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet, have a look at the questions we crafted this time. We also have online resources that can help you:
- Meet the NYT best-selling authors of the Hank Zipzer series by joining our free broadcast. Register TODAY!
- Invite authors, illustrators and storytellers to meet with your students virtually with Skype in the Classroom
- Participate in “Cultivate World Literacy” Skype collaboration
- Make education more inclusive
We also highly recommend that you set up a Twitter dashboard – through TweetDeck, for example – to easily monitor incoming tweets containing the #MSFTEduChat hashtag and other relevant search queries. Watch this TweetDeck Basics tutorial for advice on setting up.
- What does literacy mean to you and why is it important?
- How do you incorporate literacy in all content areas?
- How do you differentiate literary instruction to reach all readers?
- What’s your favorite technological tool for teaching literacy and why?
- Share resources that help you become a better literacy teacher.
- How can we improve reading instruction to create passionate readers?
Hosts and coaches
This month we’ll be joined by several Skype Master Teachers:
- Alberto Herraez @Alberto_hrv (5th and 6th grade Spanish teacher at Canyon Creek El8ementary School, Farmington, Utah)
- Darcy Grimes @DarcyGrimesNC (Digital Lead Teacher at Hall Fletcher Elementary, Asheville, NC, USA)
- Elisa Guerra @ElisaGuerraCruz (Teacher and Founder, Colegio Valle de Filadelfia, Aguascalientes, México)
- Jenna Dawson @JennaDawson28 (Teaching and Learning Program Specialist for Marion County Public Schools, Ocala, Florida, USA)
- Karina Bailey @KarinaBailey (Kindergarten Teacher, Canton, Georgia, USA)
- Lisa Lougheed @LMLougheed (Elementary Teacher, Canton, Georgia, USA)
- Mary Collins @MaryCollins_an (MIEExpert, SMT, Class 4 Elementary Teacher, Nicosia, Cyprus)
- Sandi Adams @SandiAdams (Technology Project Specialist for Cherokee County School District, Microsoft Fellow, Woodstock, Georgia, US)
- Valerie Anglemyer @ValAnglemyer70 (7th grade Language Arts/Humanities Teacher and Instructional Coach, Microsoft Fellow, Wakarusa, Indiana, USA)
And we’ll have the following coaches to share their expertise:
- Tammy Dunbar @TammyDunbar (Microsoft Innovative Expert Fellow & Intermediate teacher, Manteca, CA, USA)
- Julie Hembree @Mrs_Hembree (Elementary Teacher-Librarian, MIEE, Skype and Surface Master Teacher, Seattle, WA, USA)
- Melanie LeJeune @MacLeJeune (Tech Coach/Librarian at St. Louis Catholic High School, Microsoft Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, Lake Charles, LA, USA)
What are #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?
Every month Microsoft Education organizes social events on Twitter targeted at educators globally. The hashtag we use is #MSFTEduChat. A team of topic specialists and international MIE Expert teachers prepare and host these TweetMeets together. Our team of educator hosts first crafts several questions around a certain topic. Then, before the event, they share these questions on social media. Combined with a range of resources, a blog post and background information about the events, this allows all participants to prepare themselves to the full. Afterwards we make an archive available of the most notable tweets and resources shared during the event.
Learn more about TweetMeets and earn a badge in the TweetMeet Course on the Microsoft Education Community.
The #MSFTduChat event time is 10:00 a.m. PT. If this time isn’t convenient for you, please follow your local channel or even consider hosting your own #MSFTEduChat in your country and language. Please connect with TweetMeet organizer Marjolein Hoekstra @OneNoteC on Twitter for more info on hosting in your language and time that works best for the educators and MIE Experts in your country.