Today’s students could be the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and their educators are in a crucial position to provide ideal guidance and inspiration. In the wake of this year’s International Women’s Day, it’s important to evaluate the responsibility society has in helping girls feel welcome and fairly represented in tomorrow’s STEM-oriented careers.
To help with actionable ways to engage your students, or discuss what it means to have more women in STEM, we invite you to join our upcoming TweetMeet and connect with passionate educators who are already doing their part in improving gender equity in STEM. (Sounds great, but what’s a TweetMeet?)
Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet is on Tuesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT. Check event times for your location. If you’re in the US, don’t forget about the shift to Daylight Saving Time as of March 11.
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, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #WomeninSTEM 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:
- Girls in STEM and Computer Science
- Make What’s Next
- The Women Who Inspire Women to Pursue Careers in STEM
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.
- Why does the world need women in STEM?
- How do we engage girls so that they enjoy STEM activities?
- What tools, resources and learning opportunities are in your STEM toolbox?
- How are your students growing STEM skill sets beyond the classroom walls?
- What role do mentors play to empower students’ passion for STEM?
- What could you do tomorrow to improve gender equity in STEM?
Hosts and coaches
This month we’ll be joined by:
- Amanda Glover @Techy5Teacher (4th grade Math/Science Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Professional Learning Specialist, Florida, USA)
- Andrea Plaza @Andrea_conekix (Microsoft Learning Consultant, Spain)
- Anjuli Ahooja @anjuliahooja (PhD Physics; Faculty, AP Physics; Appleby College, Canada, MIE Fellow; President Elect, STAO, 2016-17)
- Ascen Robles @selbora (CEO & Founder at Innova3D, Spain)
- Kristine Holloway @mspaperless (Ontario Certified Teacher, MIE Fellow, Minecraft Global Mentor, Surface Classroom Pro, Founder of @Code4Girlz)
- Meenakshi Uberoi @MeenakshiUberoi (Education Evangelist & Founding Director, De Pedagogics, India)
- Nicole Ponsford @NicolePonsford (Digital Education Specialist at Achievement for All, Founder of The Gender Equality Charter @gendercharter and Leader of WomenEdTech @WomenEd_Tech UK)
- Ross Fairbairn @Mr_Fairbairn (Head of Computing & Design Technology at St Hilary’s School, Surrey, England)
- Sarah Loomis @Dodeastoy2015 (Center for Instructional Leadership, Educational Technologist, Department of Defense Education Activity, US/Europe)
- Sarah-Jayne Carey @sjayc (Coding and Computer Science Teacher; ICT Co-Ordinator Coláiste Bríde Presentation Secondary School, Dublin, Ireland @colaistebride; Member of Computers in Education Society of Ireland @cesitweets)
- Stacey Ryan @sryanalr (Middle School Math Teacher, MIE Fellow, Kansas, USA)
- Zelia Capitao-Tavares @ZeliaMCT (Elementary Teacher at McMurrich JrPS, TDSB, Canada)
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.