Properly introduced, devices should be saving you time in the classroom, augmenting your own teaching style, and helping improve student outcomes.
Getting started is a lot easier with the right advice, so we’ve invited some IT experts, working at the school district level, and some educators from our Microsoft Educator Community to join the latest #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet. They’ll discuss what they’ve done to boost student success and get the most out of their resources, having deployed thousands of devices across their school districts. (Ok, but what’s a TweetMeet?)
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:
When and how can I join?
Join us Tuesday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #DigitalEquity and #StudentSuccess (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 set up this time (below). 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.
For more on this week’s topic, check out some success stories we’ve shared from schools that have transformed their learning digitally:
- Broward School District energizes teaching and learning with IT platform transition
- Brevard Public Schools: Technology innovation helps students take their learning to new heights
- River Dell: School district gives connected classrooms the power of the pen
- Modesto City Schools: Transforming Digital Learning With ‘Future Ready’ Initiative
- What is the purpose of bringing technology to your classroom?
- Which criteria are the most important when choosing a device?
- What factors contribute to a successful device deployment?
- How can technology integration enhance education for students of all abilities?
- How is technology empowering instructional shifts in your classroom?
- What resources and contacts could help with a successful device strategy?
- Barrett Puschus @BarrettPuschus (Technology and Network Operations Coordinator at Brevard Public Schools, Florida USA)
- Eric Ferguson @erf86 (Director of Instructional Technology at Bellevue School District, Washington USA)
- Keith Onstot @keithonstot (Technology Curriculum Developer at Bellevue School District, Washington USA)
- Kelly Means @KellyMeans (MIE Expert and Instructional Technology Project Coordinator at Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska USA)
- Kevin Sait @Kevin_Sait (Microsoft Learning Consultant, UK)
- Paul Dredge @EasiPC_Paul (MIE Expert and Technical Manager at EasiPC, UK)
- Ross G. Friebel @rgfriebel (Director of Digital Learning and Teaching Services at Onslow County Schools, North Carolina USA)
- Stephen Taylor @ocsdltfco (Coordinator of Digital Learning and Teaching Services at Onslow County Schools, North Carolina USA)
- Vincent Bénard @HTZfan (MIE Expert and Grade 9-12 Technologies and Co-Op Ed teacher, Canada)
- Rob Dickson @showmerob (Executive Director at Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska 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.