Professional Development goes global with #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on June 19

With ISTE 2018 coming up in Chicago, educators are about to infuse their professional development with the perspectives, advice and talents of their peers. Thinking globally about professional development isn’t just for in-person attendees, though. The Microsoft Educator Community is a constantly collaborative, worldwide reminder that self-improvement doesn’t have to be a solitary experience – there are other selves out there, pushing their skills to keep pace with their passions, just like you.

Our next #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet is on Tuesday, June 19, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (check your time zone here). We’ll kick off a discussion around the modern tools and online communities that can help you connect and cultivate new techniques. The next big idea in your classroom might just come all the way from another continent. (Sounds great, but what’s a TweetMeet?)

That also means our TweetMeet events have to become even more global. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll now offer the discussion questions in 11 parallel language tracks, with  ελληνικά (Greek) and português (Portuguese) joining this month. For each language track, we have one or more hosts who will post the translated questions and respond to educators. We can’t overstate our gratitude to all the current and former hosts who are collaborating closely to provide this service.

To keep track of translated discussions for Polski (Polish), Türkçe (Turkish), Español (Spanish), Français (French), Italiano (Italian), Srpski (Serbian), اللغة العربية (Arabic), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), ελληνικά (Greek) and português (Portuguese), use the guide below to find the corresponding #TweetMeet hashtag.


Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on professional development is on Tuesday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT. Everyone is welcome to join. #PD Click To Tweet


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, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #PD 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. The Microsoft Educator Community has several courses to get you started, including those that offer a learning path from tech basics to full familiarity with Office 365 Education.

Mike Tholfsen, principal program manager with Microsoft Education, maintains several Pinterest boards with tips, videos and other resources relevant to educators – including OneNote Education PD for Teachers. The resources on these boards are not just great to help you prepare for the TweetMeet, but also provide pointers for pursuing professional development.

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.


TweetMeet Questions


  1. What teacher professional development options do you have available now?
  2. What are three key factors for successful professional development?
  3. How do edtech tools facilitate educators in becoming life-long learners?
  4. How does professional development empower you as a teacher?
  5. What professional development learning paths would you like to take next?
  6. How would you inspire your peers to pursue professional development?


Hosts and coaches


Matching this month’s topic, we have invited 15 educators—all passionate experts in professional learning and teacher training—to be our hosts. They can’t wait to engage with you on this important topic. Check out their profiles and projects, follow them all on Twitter and check their tweets in this Twitter list.

  • Cristiana Pivetta @fantascrivendo (Middle School Teacher and DA, MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer, Global Minecraft Mentor – Sardinia, Italy)
  • Enes Şenpeker @senpeker (Teacher, MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer, Minecraft Certified Trainer – Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Francisco Texeira @fcotexeira (High School Teacher and IC Coordinator, Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Office Specialist, MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer – Malaga, Spain)
  • Helen Savvidou @SavvidouHelen (MIE Fellow, English and STEM Teacher, Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Certified Educator – Nicosia, Cyprus)
  • Ibrahim Aljabri @aljabriArt (Teacher, MIE Fellow, MIE Master Trainer – Madinah, Saudi Arabia)
  • James Yanuzzelli @MrYanuzzelli (Social Studies Teacher/Coordinator – New Jersey, USA)
  • Jennifer Mitchell @JenEMitchell (CEO of EdtotheMax, MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer – Texas, USA)
  • Josane Silva @josobreira (Elementary School Teacher, MIE Expert, MIE Trainer, Microsoft Certified Educator, Campinas – São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Jules Daulby @JulesDaulby (Director of Education at Driver Youth Trust, National Leader @WomenEd and @WomenEd_Tech, Inclusion and Literacy – UK)
  • Laurent Carlier @TechLaurent (Former French and Japanese Teacher, Microsoft Learning Consultant – Rennes, France)
  • Lisa Simmons @Lisa_Simm (Coordinator for Professional Learning with NCCE, MIE Fellow, MIE Master Trainer – Fort Worth TX, USA)
  • Pooja Sachdeva @sachdeva1981 (Technology Integration Coordinator, Author, Microsoft Certified Educator and MIE Fellow, Minecraft Global Mentor – Gurgaon, India)
  • Shaelynn Farnsworth @shfarnsworth (Education Consultant: Literacy, Technology, Project Based Learning; Blogger; Staff Developer; Literacy Coach – USA)
  • Steven Anderson @web20classroom (Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, #Edchat Co-Creator – USA)
  • Vance Beblow @TheBebsMLC  (Microsoft Learning Consultant – Calgary, Alberta 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.