Computer Science Education Week is over for the year – but that still leaves another 51 weeks for educators and school leaders to consider how Computer Science can help prepare students for what comes next.
We’re inviting top Computer Science experts from the Hour of Code team, from Minecraft: Education Edition, and from Microsoft Philanthropies to join Doug Bergman and passionate teachers from the Microsoft Educator Community at our next #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet to discuss the best ways for students to code, create and collaborate.
We’ll also discuss Minecraft: Hero’s Journey, the latest Hour of Code tutorial for Minecraft: Education Edition, which covers core coding concepts like loops and functions. Minecraft: Education Edition is already being used in 115 countries around the world and educators are finding it to be a creative teaching tool for all kinds of subjects, not just Computer Science. Anyone can join in, starting with the TweetMeet. (Ok, but what’s a TweetMeet?)
Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet is on Tuesday, December 12 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.
When and how can I join?
Join us Tuesday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #MinecraftEdu, #HourOfCode 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. If you’re new to this month’s subject, you may want to sign up for a one-hour introduction to Computer Science with Hour of Code and check out our announcement for Minecraft: Hero’s Journey.
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 are your students’ most exciting moments from #CSEdWeek / #HourOfCode?
- How can fellow teachers maximize engagement in their Computer Science classes?
- How does #MinecraftEdu nurture collaboration and raise empathic awareness with students?
- How does coding go hand in hand with creativity and critical thinking?
- Which Computer Science resources and channels have you found the most helpful?
- What’s next after Hero’s Journey, the hot new #MinecraftEdu #HourOfCode tutorial?
This month we’ll be joined by hosts from the following organizations, product teams and Computer Science specialists:
- Hour of Code @HourOfCode
- Minecraft: Education Edition @PlayCraftLearn
- Microsoft Philanthropies @MSPhilanthropic
- Doug Bergman @DougBergmanUSA
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.