From time to time, I am asked, “How do I join your chat on Twitter?” Since we were off last week, I thought this would be a good time to explain the chat process.
Each Friday at 7E/6C/5M/4P, people get together on Twitter to chat about all things related to the gifted community using the hashtag #gtchat. To join the conversation, you need to have a Twitter account and it cannot be designated as ‘private’. If you feel the need to protect your tweets (only followers can see what you tweet), consider opening a second account under a pseudonym just to chat.
You can participate in a chat directly on Twitter by searching the hashtag #gtchat and then choosing the ‘Live’ tab on the search results page. You may want to Save your search to use for future reference. (Hint: Follow #gtchat’s official Twitter account @gtchatmod to see tweets concerning chat times and topics.) It is important to know that you must remember to add the hashtag #gtchat to each of your tweets so that they will be visible to the rest of the people at the chat. As the chat progresses, you will have to Refresh your screen to see available new tweets.
An alternate way to join our chat is to use a 3rd party app such as Tweetchat or Twubs. These apps add the hashtag to your tweets automatically and also only display the tweets using the hashtag during the chat. Most participants, including the moderator, use Tweetchat. To use this app, sign into your Twitter account; open a second tab in your browser and go to Tweetchat.com; enter the hashtag ‘#gtchat’ on the opening screen; utilize the ‘Authorize App’ function; you will be redirected to the #gtchat tweet stream. Once there, you can tweet, retweet, reply and favorite tweets just like on Twitter. (Hint: If you are familiar with apps such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite, you may use either of these as well.)
It’s as simple as that! So, what have you been waiting for? Join us on Fridays for #gtchat on Twitter. National and International chat times are listed below. It you miss a chat, you can always access the transcript at Storify and I post a short summary with links from the chat here at this blog every week. Take a look around the blog to see what you have been missing! For more general information about chatting on Twitter, check out the links below. (Thanks to Jerry Blumengarten @cybraryman1 for the links. Jerry also was instrumental in helping #gtchat get started!)
Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and sponsored by GiftedandTalented.com is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7E/6C/5M/4P in the U.S., Midnight in the UK and Saturdays 11 AM NZST/9 AM AEST to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our new Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.
About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Take Part in or Moderate a Chat on Twitter from Cybraryman
Twitter from Cybraryman
Twitter for Beginners from Cybraryman
An important topic not often covered in discussions about gifted individuals, this chat was quite active and experienced some lively debate! It was exciting to see many new faces and old friends with participants from 18 states and 5 countries.
The chat covered such questions as “Is introversion and shyness the same thing?”, “Can introversion and extroversion exist at the same time?” and “How can teachers help the introverted gifted child?” A full transcript may be found here.
PLEASE NOTE: Our next chat “Educating for Global Competence” is THURSDAY, 9/12 @5PM ET/4PM CT/22.00 UK/7.00 (ET AUS – Fri). There will be no chat the following day.
We Are the Introverts (comic) courtesy of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
Introversion: The Often Forgotten Factor Impacting the Gifted from SENG Gifted
“Introversion and Giftedness” (pdf) from Dr. Linda Silverman (1993)
“The Gifted Introvert” (2002)
“Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts” (video)TED Talks
After the Show: The Many Faces of the Performer from Scott Barry Kaufman
“Make Your Class Cozy for Gifted Introverts” from Ian Byrd
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Building a Gifted Education PLN brought together participants from 19 states and 8 countries. The chat centered on the what, who, how and why of Personal Learning Networks. A full transcript may be found here.
Our favorite quotes from the chat include:
“You may think you don’t need a PLN, but that’s just because you don’t realize what you are missing by not having one.”
“Everyone should be included in your PLN: students, parents, educators (teachers, counselors & administrators), community members.”
“Part of the power of the PLN is the global connection. LOVE the ability to erase miles and flatten the planet to facilitate convos.”
Creating on Online PLN in Gifted Education from @MaryStGeorge
The Global Classroom Project Our Year on Skype from @Elle_Gifted
Can Social Media Help Overcome the Problems We Face in Gifted Education? From @GiftedPhoenix
Cybraryman’s PLN Page
Cybraryman’s Twitter Page
Cybraryman’s Gifted PLN Stars
Cybraryman’s Student-Centered Classrooms
Analysis of Personal Learning Networks (Slideshare)
Fostering Parent Awareness was a spirited chat with parents and educators sharing their experiences with raising parent awareness in their respective schools. This chat ranks as the 2nd most in tweets and participants since March 2012 when TAGT became the primary force behind #gtchat. Activity prior to and after the chat were at near all-time highs as well. A full transcript may be found here.
We at #gtchat sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide an outlet for the gifted community to network and discuss relevant topics each week. Several milestones in terms of statistics were achieved this week including over 1,000 followers on Twitter for @gtchatmod, over 200 ‘Likes’ on our new Facebook page and nearly 3,000 pageviews here on our blog! Our original mandate to ‘build bridges’ within the gifted community is being realized each and every day!
During the 24 hours including this week’s chat, over 100 participants posted tweets from 25 states in the U.S. and from 12 countries. It is exciting to see the ‘global’ reach of our chat. This week, we will be announcing the addition of a second chat during the week that will be at a more convenient time for those in the UK, EU and Pacific Rim. Follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest news. If you have wanted to join chat, but were hesitant on how to participate; visit our page on the TAGT website to learn more.
Links from chat:
Tips for Parents: Self-concept and Self-esteem Regarding Gifted Learners (from @DavidsonGifted )
Tips for Parents: The Real World of Gifted Teens (from @DavidsonGifted )
Parents’ Conceptions of Giftedness from @HoagiesGifted
Time Spent Outside the Classroom @DukeTIP
Cybraryman’s GT Page
Not More. Different from Venspired
Livebinder: Apps for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)
Jo Freitag’s Gifted Resources
Laughing at Chaos (blog)
Giftedness and the Kaleidoscope of Colours … One Parent Looks Back from Innreach’s Blog
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