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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.

Links:

#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)

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#gtchat at TAGT Annual Conference 2012

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Global #gtchat was live at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference in Dallas on November 30th. Our topic was “Building Connections with #gtchat”. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, presented two sessions on Twitter and a pre-chat for conference attendees. Following chat, we enjoyed a Tweet-Up with longtime friends of #gtchat and new followers.

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Special thanks goes to Executive Director, J.J. Colburn; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg; Executive Assistant/Meetings Coordinator, Lisa Varner; Business Development Manager, Keri Kelley;  Member Services Coordinator, Casey Martinez; and Past-President of TAGT, Dr. Lynette Breedlove for all their long hours spent bringing together an incredible conference.

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Dr. Lynette Breedlove and J.J. Colburn

Comments from the chat tell the story:

“I get the support I lack IRL (in real life) here (#gtchat).” @MamaChicks (WA)

“#gtchat provides me an outlet to the world on gifted issues.” @teachagiftedkid (TX)

“Am very impressed with all the learning and inspiration I do and get through Twitter.” @minka_dumont (Holland)

“It (#gtchat) allows me to continue my professional growth outside of the mandated PD that usually does not meet me needs.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)

“I love keeping up with other session at conferences via the Twitter feed. It maximizes the experience and I feel like I’m not missing anything.” @smswain (TX)

“I use Twitter to connect, to explore and it is more uplifting than fb (Facebook). I mine it for gold.” @gifted_guru (TX)

“Twitter is a filter for me, helping me see what articles & resources I need to check out what someone else recommends.” @atxteacher (TX)

“Thanks to #gtchat I opened my eyes to see who is whom in gifted education community worldwide.” @Begabungs (global)

“I love the ‘internationality’ of #gtchat.” @minka_dumont (Holland)

“My lessons how have a flavor from teachers all over the world. I have changed so much of my teaching by learning from #gtchat.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)

“It’s (#gtchat) made me question some of my preconceptions – and reinforced some others, including the diversity amongst gifted learners.” @GiftedPhoenix (UK)

“One day all Gifted Kids will remember us as pioneers on social media to support them globally.” @Begabungs (global)

Links:

Transcript from this chat

January 2010, In the beginning with @DeborahMersino

January 2012, @DeborahMersino bids farewell to #gtchat

March 2012, #TAGT becomes sole sponsor of Global #gtchat

From @HoagiesGifted ~ Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page

From @Begabungs ~ Global Virtual Meeting for #Gifted Education in Second Life

From @Begabungs ~ Global Center for Gifted & Talented Children

From @LesLinks ~ Innreach’s Blog

From @GiftedPhoenix ~ Gifted Phoenix’s Blog

From @TxParentingPG ~ A Meandering Journey Blog 

From @ktvee ~ Venspired Blog 

From @MaryStGeorge ~ Creating Curriculum Blog 

From @cybraryman1 ~ Cybraryman‘s portal site for education/gifted education

From @laughingatchaos ~ Laughing at Chaos Blog & her book, If This is a Gift

From @jofrei ~ Gifted Resources Website (Australia)

From @Susannewith5 ~ Building Wing Span Blog 

From @MamaChicks  ~ Life With Intensity Blog 

From @teachagiftedkid ~Teach a Gifted Kid Website  

From @ljconrad ~ Gifted Parenting Support Blog

From @bf4brainy ~ her FB group, The Brain Café  & Sr Editor at The Creativity Post

From @Create_Miracles ~ Artisan of Creative Miracles Blog 

From @GiftedHF ~ Gifted Homeschoolers Forum 

From @jenmartin ~ Teach from the Heart Blog 

From @TheHeadKnuckle ~ Creativity 2.0 Blog

Pics from the Conference:

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Angie French, Stacia Taylor and Jen Martin

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Ian Byrd from Byrdseed Gifted

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Lisa Van Gemert, Youth Specialist for American Mensa

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Dr. Jim Webb, Great Potential Press

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Michelle Swain, Past-President of TAGT and Dr. Lynette Breedlove. outgoing TAGT President

TAGT Awards Ceremony

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Stacia Taylor, Parent of the Gifted Gulf Coast Area 2012

Founder, Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted

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Tracy Fisher, TAGT State Parent of the Gifted 2012

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Thanks to TAGT for a ‘Room With a View’ ~ Dallas, Texas

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