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The Value of Twitter Chats

This chat celebrated the 1 year anniversary of #gtchat being powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. The moderator and participants expressed their thanks to Executive Director, JJ Colburn; Past-President, Dr. Lynette Breedlove; Mrs. Deborah Mersino, Founder and First Moderator of gtchat; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg and the fabulous staff at TAGT. Nearly 60 active participants tweeted more than 500 tweets during the hour and came from 4 countries and 20 states. The week leading up to chat included over 1,000 tweets from over 200 contributors reaching over 220,000 follows with 1.86 million timeline deliveries!

The occasion was marked by the introduction of TAGT’s #gtchat Advisory Board who provide support and advice to the moderator on a weekly basis. They are Mrs. Angie French (@teachagiftedkid), GT specialist at Tomball ISD near Houston, TX; Mrs. Stacia Taylor (@TXProfoundlyPG), founder of Texas Parents for the Profoundly Gifted, member of the Board of Directors at Rainard School, and member of the NAGC’s Parent Committee; Mrs. Nicole Shannon (@LonghornNic), coordinator of Gifted & Advanced Academic Services at Round Rock ISD; Mr. Ian Byrd (@ByrdseedGifted), gifted education writer and founder of Byrdseed Gifted; and Dr. Brian Housand (@brianbousand), Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and member of the Board of Directors at the NAGC. Special thanks also to past advisors, Mrs. Tracy Fisher, Mrs. Michelle Swain and Dr. Jan Fall.

Questions during the chat revolved around the importance of Twitter chats and how they can make a difference in the lives of both parents and educators of the gifted. Near the end, participants offered suggestions about the format and future of the chat which provided much needed insight to the moderator. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

It was announced that #gtchat will be having a LIVE chat from the 2013 Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education’s Annual Conference on Friday, April 19th at a special time 3PM EDT. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, will be available during Thursday night sessions and during the day on Friday to assist attendees in signing up for Twitter. Lisa will also be tweeting live from the conference.


#gtchat Page on #TAGT Website 

#gtchat’s Facebook Page 

Cybraryman’s Educational Chats on Twitter

Using TweetChat to Follow Educational Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats for Personal PD 

Twitter Chats: How to Survive & Thrive in a Twitter Chat… Hockey Style Eh? 

Twitter for Educators: A Tutorial for Beginners 

How Does a Twitter Chat Work?

4 Simple Ways to Get Started Teaching With Twitter

What You Should Know About Twitter Chats

6 Best Twitter Tips Every Teacher Should Know About

Social Networking – Impacting the World of Gifted Education 

A Parent’s Guide to Twitter and Education

Should I Participate in Twitter Chats?

Hoagies’ Gifted Website

Hoagies’ Facebook Page   

Teach a Gifted Kid Blog from Angie French

The Power of Twitter Chats (YouTube 31:44)

Venspired from Krissy Venosdale 

Cybraryman’s Livebinders page

Twitter Resources, Apps & Tools (Pinterest)

Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted

Brian Housand, PhD (website)

Byrdseed Gifted

2013 PAGE Annual Conference (Facebook)

2013 PAGE Annual Conference (website)

#gtchat: Special Guest, Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand was our most recent guest on #gtchat. Brian is an associate professor at East Carolina University, previous Chair of Computers and Technology Network at the NAGC, a member of the Board of Directors at the NAGC and a nationally recognized speaker at gifted conferences. He will be speaking at TAGT ’12 in Dallas at the end of this month. He specializes in technology in the classroom and chat abounded with many useful links to tech tools and apps.

Brian’s interest in gifted education peaked when he attended his first NAGC conference in 2000. He did his graduate work at 3 Summers Master Program at UCONN and received his PhD there as well along with his wife, Angela Housand. He studied under the tutelage of Joseph Renzulli, Sally Reis, Del Siegle and others. Even today, he returns to his alma mater for Confratute and Imagine summer camp every year. Brian considers himself a ‘Proud Geek’!

In sharing his philosophy of gifted education, Brian said that he “deeply believes that we should be providing a continuum of services for our gifted students. We must provide them with exposure to a wide variety of experiences designed specifically to spur their curiosity. We then need to provide the space and support for them to explore and develop their talents. That being said, I also believe that they need to be allowed to go as far as they want to through the curriculum.”


Brian Housand’s Bio

From Slideshare: Creating Your Digital Footprint

Brian at Classroom 2.0

Abstract: “The Effects of Using Renzulli Learning on Student Achievement”

Brians’s Prezi: 21st Century Skills: Learning & Innovation 

NAGC’s Computers & Technology

#Gifted Education in the 21st Century

Plugging Into Creative Outlets

TAGT Annual Conference 2012

EGOR East Carolina Gifted Online Resources

Confratute 2013 July 14th – 19th at UCONN

Free Technology for Teachers

Reach Rocketeers

60 in 60 by @brianhousand

A Google a Day

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

National STEM Video Game Challenge

Teach with Portals

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)

World of Warcraft in Schools

Best Practices: 3D Virtual Worlds in (K12/International) Schools David W. Deeds

TED Ed’s Flipping Tool

3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology

Mission V from Ireland


#gtchat Showcase of TAGT ’12 Speakers: Dr. Carolyn Coil

On Friday, October 5th, #gtchat hosted the first in a series of chats with speakers at the upcoming TAGT ’12 Conference in Dallas, TX this November 28th through the 30th which will include both educators and parents. Participants at chat were from 13 states and 4 countries.

Dr. Carolyn Coil was our guest and she talked about two presentations she will be giving at the conference ~ “21st Century Self-Management Skills for Gifted Students” and “Advanced Activities/Assessments Focusing on Rigor, Higher-Level Thinking & Problem Solving”. Carolyn’s remarks were well received by chat participants with many retweets throughout the session. Brian Housand, a former student of Carolyn’s and a speaker at the TAGT Conference, was present and added many valuable comments as well.


Assessing Gifted Assessment Tools

Carolyn Coil’s website

Carolyn Coil at Pieces of Leaning

Carolyn Coil on Amazon

Standards-Based Activities & Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom (pdf)

Standards-Based Activities & Assessments for the Differentiated Classroom (video)

 Carolyn Coil at #TAGT2012 Annual Conference

An Introduction to Differentiation (Carolyn Coil’s Blog)

Ideas on ProjectBasedLearning from Edutopia

TAGT ’12 Session Planner

BagtheWeb on PBLs


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