Announcing the June 18 TweetMeet and a Live Event on Microsoft Teams
Since Microsoft Teams became available to the general public two years ago, many schools have discovered the power of this chat-based collaboration hub and have integrated it into the daily practices of their school leadership, teaching faculty, staff members and students.
To celebrate Microsoft Teams’ anniversary, we are offering a dual event this month: a regular #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet followed by a Microsoft Teams Live Event.
Keep reading for detailed information about this special-edition TweetMeet.
TweetMeet starting at 10am PDT
In this edition of our monthly global and multilingual Twitter conversations, we’ll discuss the many ways in which educators around the world are using Microsoft Teams to empower educators and students to achieve more. The TweetMeet lasts 75 minutes.
Microsoft Teams Live Event at 11:15am PDT
Immediately after the TweetMeet, Justin Chando and the Microsoft Teams for Education team are organizing a Microsoft Teams Live Event. During this 30-minute online event, Justin will demonstrate the latest updates to Microsoft Teams for Education and answer your questions. Add the Live Event to your calendar, join the Live Event and make sure to check out his recent Microsoft EDU post detailing these latest updates.
Language tracks and SuperSway
We offer seven simultaneous language tracks this month: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi and Spanish. The new SuperSway offers a TweetMeet Invitation in each of these languages.
For each language track, we have one or more hosts to post the translated questions and respond to educators. As always, we’re super grateful to all current and former hosts who are collaborating closely to provide this service.
The #TweetMeetXX hashtags for non-English languages are to be used together with #MSFTEduChat so that everyone can find the conversations in their own language. For example: Arabic-speaking people should use both #TweetMeetAR and #MSFTEduChat. English-speaking educators may use #MSFTEduChat on its own.
TweetMeet Fan? Show it off on your Twitter profile!
Every month, more and more people discover the unique flow and characteristics of the TweetMeet events and become excited to participate.
Show your passion for the TweetMeets right from your own Twitter page by uploading this month’s #MSFTEduChat Twitter Header Photo as a banner on your own Twitter profile.
In the same file folder, the Twitter Header Photo is available in many other languages and time zones.
Create your own TweetMeet Friend Card
Creating a TweetMeet Friend Card is the newest way to share your enthusiasm about Microsoft Teams and the TweetMeets, in general. Share your own version of this image anytime, anywhere. It will come in handy when introducing yourself at the start of a TweetMeet. Just follow the steps in the TweetMeet Friend Cards PowerPoint.
Here’s an example:
Looking back on the May TweetMeet on ‘Inclusive classrooms and accessibility’
The May #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet inspired educators around the world to share ideas, insights and resources. We captured highlights from this Twitter conversation in this @MicrosoftEDU Twitter Moment. There’s even a comprehensive collection of 1500+ tweets in this Wakelet Collection.
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’re grateful to have a support group made up exclusively of former TweetMeet hosts, who volunteer to translate communication and check the quality of our questions and promotional materials. They also help identify the best candidates for future events, provide relevant resources, promote the events among their networks and, in general, cheer everybody on.
When and how can I join?
Join us Tuesday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. PDT on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #MicrosoftTeams and #MicrosoftEDU (which you can always use to stay in touch with us). Be sure to double-check your own local event time. You can find the event time for 215 countries with this time zone announcer.
We recommend setting up a Twitter dashboard TweetDeck and adding a column for the hashtag #MSFTEduChat. If you are new to TweetDeck, then check out this brief TweetDeck tutorial by Marjolein Hoekstra.
When a tweet appears that you want to respond to, press the retweet button and type your comments. Great news: Twitter now supports adding images, animated GIFs and videos to your comment retweets.
Additional tips are offered in this animated GIF that you’re most welcome to share with newcomers:
Too busy to join at event time? No problem!
From our monthly surveys we know that you may be in class at event time, busy doing other things or may even be asleep–well, no problem! All educators are welcome to join any time after the event. Simply look at the questions below and respond to these at a day and time that suit you best.
You can also schedule your tweets in advance. In such cases, be sure to include the entire question in your tweet and include the hashtag #MSFTEduChat so that everyone knows to which question in which conversation you are responding.
The exact question timings are in this helpful graphic:
Resources to help prepare for the TweetMeet
Microsoft Education offers a wide range of professional-development courses about Microsoft Teams. These free resources are tailored for educators, so here are some good places to start diving into Microsoft Teams:
There’s more. Wakelet is a useful web service to bookmark, curate and annotate resources, images, tweets and other content. Through our new SuperWakelet, each of our hosts shares their personal favorite Microsoft Teams resources.
Microsoft Teams SuperWakelet, live-embedded:
Another great way to prepare for the TweetMeet is by taking a close look at the discussion questions. Watch the animated GIF with all the questions:
Meet the 18 hosts for this month’s TweetMeet! They are all passionate about Microsoft Teams and are very eager to engage with you.
Check out all the hosts, see what they are tweeting about and consider following them: https://twitter.com/TweetMeet/lists/msfteduchat-2019-06/members
List of host names and their profiles
- Aimee Larsen @arlarsen91 (Assistant Principal – West Ada School District, NCCE Professional Learning Specialist, MIE Expert and Trainer, MSTeams and OneNote Fanatic – Meridian ID, USA)
- Chad Botha @ChadBotha4 (Curriculum Technology Trainer at Curro Schools in Southern Africa. MIE Expert, MCE and MIE Master Trainer. Cannot get enough of MS Education and it’s incredible tools – Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Chris Melia @ChrisLearnTech (Senior Learning Technologist at the University of Central Lancashire, passionate about educational development and building digital capability in educators and learners – Lancashire, UK)
- Christine McKee @CMcKee27 (Emerging Technology Consultant, MIE Expert and Master Trainer, passionate about empowering learners with innovative MS Tools – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada )
- Christy Torres @dlthcms (Digital Learning and Teaching Facilitator for Onslow County Schools, extremely excited about the way Office 365 products and Microsoft Teams are changing education – Jacksonville NC, USA)
- David Olinger @OlingerDavid (Director of Educational Technology @OdeaHighSchool, Showcase School Leader, National Board Certified Teacher – Seattle WA, USA)
- Elaine Topham @ElaineTopham (Senior Learning Technologist at the Grimsby Institute, MIE Expert and Trainer, passionate about utilising Office365 technologies – Grimsby, UK)
- Geri Gillespy @GeriGillespy (Administrator Digital Integration – West Ada, MIE Expert, Trainer, Fellow, NCCE Trainer, Inspiring, educating, empowering with Microsoft Tools – Meridian ID, USA )
- Isaac Garriga @IsaacGarriga (MSCA O365, MCE & MIEExpert. IT educator. IT systems administrator in Monlau School. My main function is to teach Office 365 technologies to other teachers – Barcelona, Spain)
- James Wilton @JDWEdTech (Housemaster and Director of Digital Development at Repton School, a 462 year old boarding school; MIEE & MCE – Derbyshire, UK)
- Markus Egger @MEgger90 (mathematics and sports secondary school teacher, MIE Expert, passionate Office365 user and Surface enthusiast – Vienna, Austria)
- Pranjali Bramhe @pranjali_india (Founder of AZ Cloud Technologies, MIE Master Trainer, MIE Expert, MCP, MCT, Minecraft Global Mentor, Certified training consultant, Office 365 consultant, Passionate about technology – Delhi, India)
- Ricardo Verver @rtverver (Digicoach and section leader of Digital Skills at ROC Mondriaan, MIE Expert and Trainer, Edublogger – The Hague, the Netherlands)
- Samah Darweesh @SamahAldarweesh (Teacher of Arabic for non-Arabs, MIEExpert,Fellow and Microsoft trainer. Passionate about using and integrating technology in my classroom – Dubai, Emirates)
- Sara Beebe @SaraMBeebe (Learning Specialist, EdTech Enthusiast, MIE Master Trainer, MIE Expert, Certified Minecraft E:E Trainer – Saint Louis MO, USA)
- Sean McMahon @seanliammcmahon (Chemistry and Maths teacher, Stepaside ETSS, MIE Expert, flipped classroom advocate with student centred approach, incorporating technology with Microsoft Teams and OneNote – Dublin, Ireland)
- Sébastien Place @PlaceSeb (Education Specialist working for Microsoft Belgium, Microsoft trainer, Sciences-Edtech Teacher, MIE Expert – Soignies, Belgium)
- Suzannah Calvery @SuzTeaches (Outdoorsperson, Equity activist, MIE Expert, Minecraft Trainer – Kirkland, WA, USA)
Our hosts are thrilled for the upcoming TweetMeet. Each of them wants to invite you to the event in their own way.
Next month’s event: Student-centered Learning
The theme for the July 16 TweetMeet will be Student-centered Learning. We’re looking forward to this event and hope you’ll spread the word!
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.
TweetChat expert Madalyn Sklar recently published this helpful introductory guide:
Your Complete Guide to Twitter Chats: Why You Should Join & How to Make the Most of It