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Kindergarten Special Ed Teacher from Washington State, Creator of #SOSchat

Save Our Schools People's Education Convention - WADC - Aug 3-5

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Join stakeholders from across the country for the Save Our Schools People's Education Convention in Washington, DC August 3-5, 2012:

http://saveourschoolsmarch.com/save-our-schools-august-d-c-convention-2012/

Use your voice, listen to great key note speakers, workshops!

Thank you,

Susan

Kindergarten Special Ed Teacher from Washington State, Creator of #SOSchat

Please add #SOSchat to your list above in your blog. Thank you!

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I love your blog as there are many important ways/purposes for using Twitter in education. I would like to request that you add #SOSchat to your list above.

What is #SOSchat, you might ask:

#SOSchat Defined:

Social justice activists working to give a voice to ALL public school stakeholders by:
Connecting, informing, encouraging, organizing, and creating actions to save our schools as we believe in PUBLIC SCHOOLS for the PUBLIC DEMOCRACY.

I have included a link to the great LIVE guests we are having on #SOSchat from July 10th through August 21st.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=eedd91a541d500ef&resid=EEDD91A541D500EF%2...

#SOSchat is an open hashtag 24-7-365 for your use. We host LIVE guests every Tuesday evening at 6 pm PT * 8 pm CT * 9 pm ET.

Follow me on Twitter for updates to #SOschat - @GetUpStandUp2

Thank you again for this great blog!

Susan

Math, Science, Technology teacher to 7th, 8th, 11th, and 12th graders.

Really!!

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Certainly, part of my summer is spent recharging, relaxing, hanging out with my kids and doing things *I* think are fun. But, I also think teaching is fun and I spend time everyday thinking about how what I am learning might apply in my classroom and help my students learn better or learn differently. Twitter, or rather the education folks I follow on Twitter, helps me connect to new ideas and to revisit familiar ideas with the help of other educators.

I'm a bit non-plussed at the idea that educators in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, and most of the 50 states have nothing to say to me (or nothing to teach me!) about education in general, or my classroom specifically. Admittedly, I am in a very small district and there is no one else who teaches what I do, but even were I in a larger school or district, our professional conversations during the day are limited. My online conversations in the evening or over the summer are much richer.

High school social studies teacher from Nebraska.

Thank you Joe for this

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Thank you Joe for this fantastic post. There are so many who are just now realizing the value of Twitter. They are learning from some incredible people who are working hard to articulate how Twitter and other forms of social media have changed their districts. Twitter has been so valuable to me as an educator in rural Nebraska. Prior to discovering Twitter four years ago I was an island. I taught in almost complete isolation. I did not have many opportunities to interact with other educators and I was quite lonely. I did not realize how much connecting with other teachers would mean to me. I have learned so much from the connections I have made on Twitter. I can honestly say if it had not been for support I have received from my personal learning network I probably would have left education. Thank you again for a great post. Keep fighting the good fight.

Life Skills Support Teacher

Why is there such a huge

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Why is there such a huge resistance, Chris? The answer is simple.

Many sensible people aren't enamored with the "Big Brother" aspects of having others believing that they have access to you and your life 24/7. They want to be left alone with their families and friends and not have to think about their jobs.

Of course, those with no real lives outside of their professions would think it's OK to sit on a beach, for example, with a silly toy in their hand pecking away at the keyboard because they can't stand feeling "unconnected" to a netherworld of faceless and voiceless entities rendered as tiny characters on a tiny screen.

Life Skills Support Teacher

"One World" Fallacy

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"transition from competent student to productive, responsible citizen of the global society"

How about being a "productive, responsible citizen of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" first?

Life Skills Support Teacher

Really?

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"Everyone is on Twitter these days,"

Not true by a longshot. Only socially obsessed Gen X/Yers with too much to say and others feeding their belongingness need to latch onto pop trends use it.

"We all need to be globally competent."

Unless your profession involves constant global travel, then why is this important? Serious learning-driven on-line chatting with some unknown faceless entity from Australia, Finland, or even Moosejaw, Idaho, about classroom management, cannot sufficiently substitute for direct vis-a-vis communication with the teachers within your immediate physical sphere.

Besides, whatever happened to just relaxing and enjoying yourself for the summer by NOT thinking of school for a change? If you don't, you will be a serious candidate for burnout, mark my words. I've seen it happen.

A great post to get ready for

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A great post to get ready for the summer. I've been trying to convince our school district and our school to do this for over 3 years now. I'm not sure why there is such a huge resistance to this (although I've heard enough excuses). I'll be spreading links to this post wherever possible.

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