The diverse mix of this group is fantastic news for myself and co-moderator Katya Hott as we were not sure who was going to turn up... if anyone! As it turns out not only was it a good mix, but everyone also mixed well together.
Among my favorite job titles that individuals had who participated in the session were "Playful Storyteller" Hanna Clemmons, "Chief Geek" Aisha Taylor and "Director of Growth" Scott Freschet... who was living up to his title as this was his first experience of joining a Twitter EdChat.
The organizations who participated was almost a 50/50 split with Educators and EdTech organizations:
Educators - There were educators at every level including Principal, admins, IT Directors and teachers representing every kind of institution, from primary schools all the way through to college and university staff.
EdTech - Batting for the Entrepreneurs were organizations that many educators will be familiar with because they are renowned for the good work and their collaborative cultures they have with educators. This included companies like Boundless Learning, BrainPOP, ClassDojo, Launchpad Toys, Remind101 & Zombie-Based Learning.
We even had a policy maker, Alison Hall from the Jamaican Ministry of Education. There were even people from the press who checked the chat out with Clara Galan tuning in... fortunately there were no scandals or Edu/EdTech Twitter bustups... just a meeting of minds coming together to discuss collaboration with great EdTech.
To give you a flavour of this meeting of minds I have included a selection of Tweets from educators & edtech entrepreneurs throughout this post.
In a recent post "The Greenwich Village of EdTech" he discusses what online education and EdTech communities could learn from Jane Jacobs diverse city spaces. This article is worth a look and highlights quite well why are so delighted with this turnout.
William attends a number of EdChats and I wanted to find out his experiences of being on the entrepreneur side of the fence and discovered that he's done quite a bit of research with this.
As you can see from these posts the dataset William has compiled includes a list of the accounts of people who have Tweeted using the 150+ EdChats and conferences that he was a aware of at the time (21st Apr-10th June).
The intention was to create an online directory so people could see whose chatting, where they are based, age groups and subject areas they teach etc. One reason for trawling through this data is related to what #EdTechBridge session is trying to do, and what Jane Jacobs advocates... because he wanted to assess how diverse the audience of #EdChat participants tends to be.
Obviously peoples' profile information is included in their Twitter bio, but it sure would take a bit of time to go through over 26,000 Twitter accounts... and that's only for a 6 week period! If you wanted to help William out with this and crowdsource the work please feel free to fill out the survey on the following link; Twitter EdChat Directory
In Sync but Out of Time
When discussing this issues with Katya she did what entrepreneurs do very well... she turned a problem into an opportunity…
"Why not allow the discussion to continue throughout the week so that people from other time zones could still get involved? All that would be needed to make this happen is for the questions to be readily available throughout the week, then for people to answer the Tweet in the same way that they do during the chat i.e. #edtechbridge A1, A2, A3 etc. This would also mean that people who did attend the chat could contribute to the discussion"
What a great idea! Let's keep the discussion going all week, as well as enabling people who attend "live" they will be able to engage with educators and EdTech in other time zones... And even for people who do turn up for the "live" show sometimes an hour just isn't enough! For those interested, here's a link to a blog post highlighting this week's chat. Feel free to comment directly in the post or on twitter with the #edtechbridge hashtag.
As Tech enthusiasts we know that the best technology in the classroom are tools that everyone can use so... the views and voice of all educators is important to us.
We are providing the questions in this format in the hope that anyone who is unfamiliar with Twitter, or who would rather not make their views public, can still contribute to the discussion... we want to hear from the Tech detractors because it's only through listening to, and finding solutions to any issues you have that we will be able to co-create truly great EdTech.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone for joining us in this venture. As Jerry Blumengarten said during the 1st chat, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a progress. Working together is success." If I could follow that up with a quote from the Carpenters, "We've only just begun".