…there I said it.
Since I started to build a professional network via Twitter (@mrgpg) two things have kept coming back to focus.
- Hashtags (and specifically #ukedchat)
As you’re new to Twitter, the use of hashtags is overlooked, unless someone introduces them to you. In my parlance, a hashtag is like an IRC chat room. A focused discussion on a specific topic – when you search for #ukedchat, you are filtering out ALL of the other Twitter noise and only looking at those tweets related to your area of interest.Score one for #hastags
- References to something called “TeachMeets” kept coming up.
For those not initiated, TeachMeets or TMs are a semi informal, free to attend meetings of like minded professionals. Like a mini conference – but attended by real people, real teacher and not just conference drones, out for a jolly away from school. It seems from poking around the information that TeachMeets can make a difference right where it matters — in the classroom.
So having lurked around the TM scene for a while, I thought I’d put off contributing for too long and signed up to TMCardiff and offered to do a nano-presentation (2 minutes) on my pet project at school (Real Research by Students – subject of another blog entry I think).
Now, Saturday afternoon I am filled with thoughts like “how to distill what I want to communicate into 2 minutes?”, “What if no one is interested?”, “What if I bomb?” – but you know what? I don’t care. I’m along for the ride and I am sure the experience will be worth it.