Join #BLTN Twitter chats this fall!

What do writing, Twitter, and professional learning networks have in common? The Bread Loaf Teacher Network is about to find out.

The Bread Loaf Teacher Network (BLTN) is “a network of teachers educated at Bread Loaf and supported during the academic year by Bread Loaf staff and faculty. Its primary goal is to encourage year-round collaboration among Bread Loaf teachers, faculty, and their students on innovative online projects designed to promote culturally sensitive and transformative literacy.” For the better part of the last thirty years, BLTN members have found innovative ways to network and to teach collaboratively with one another. This Twitter chat is another layer of efforts to stay connected in meaningful conversations about practice, praxis, and profession during the active school year. For a community as strong, vibrant, and diverse as BLTN, connectedness and collaboration are everything, and so this year, the network will host monthly Twitter chats in order to keep conversations going throughout the year.

One of the wonderful benefits of using an open platform like Twitter to host these chats is that everyone can enjoy the dialogue and ideas shared between BTLN teachers.

The first Twitter chat will take place on September 5th at 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific using #BLTN, and will feature discussion questions around “Back to School”, and generating energy as we begin the school year. During this chat, participants will be able to share big plans for the new year, discuss upcoming collaborations, and talk about strategies for sharing teaching philosophies with students and parents.

How does it work?

Anyone can participate in a Twitter chat. To join in, you’ll need:

  1. A Twitter account. You can sign up for a Twitter account here.
  2. A tool for viewing and participating in #BLTN chats. The Office of Digital Learning recommends Tweetdeck, or you can use the search function on Twitter to follow the #BLTN chat.
  3. An open mind.

Check out this quick start guide if you’re new to Twitter or nervous about joining in.

Need help?

If you have questions about how to join, when to join, or how to participate, contact Lorena German (@nenagerman) or Tom McKenna (@mckennat). And most importantly, don’t be afraid to jump in and get your feet wet. Twitter chats can be a bit overwhelming, but they’re also a lot of fun, and a great way to stay in touch with your professional community throughout the school year.

If you are unable to join the #BLTN chat on Monday, September 5 at 8:00pm EDT, don’t worry. The Bread Loaf Teacher Network will host new chats monthly!

Image by Egan Snow, CC BY-SA 2.0

Amy Collier

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