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#ocprincipals Chat, a Primer

Tonight at 8:00, the inaugural #ocprincipals hashtag chat will get under way. For those who are planning on participating, but new to the idea, I thought it would be a good idea to post a short “primer” so everyone will be ready to go this evening.

For those wondering, #ocprincipals is a hashtag developed by @hickeygroup in a genuine attempt to promote local collaboration between administrators in Oakland County, Michigan. While the intent of this chat is to be primarily locals talking with one another, administrators from anywhere are welcome, especially my friends from #edfocus.

As for the mechanics:

– Some using computers prefer to use tweetdeck or tweetchat. Personally, I like to use the Twitter app on my iPad. Whatever method you prefer, it’s important to see the #ocprincipals hashtag so you can follow along with everyone’s contribution. From everything that I have been told, you can follow a chat using twitter, but it can be a challenge.

– Please include #ocprincipals in your tweets during the chat so everyone can “hear” from you.

– The chat will last an hour, from 8:00 pm until 9:00. Tonight’s topic is “Data: What do you collect, and how do you use it?”

– The chat will be moderated (by me) and I’ll propose some questions to get the conversation started. However, as the chat rolls along, many may want to exchange “@ messages” to follow up with a participant or to learn more. Please use #ocprincipals in these messages as well, so we can all learn from each other.

– Hopefully, the chat will lead to deeper collaboration among participants. It’s typical to build your Professional Learning Network though these experiences and to correspond with people you encounter well after the chat has concluded.

The final piece of business this evening will be setting a date for the next chat. We’ll poll to figure out our next topic, but please give your calendars a look and have some possible Sunday evenings in mind.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this evening!


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