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Hosting an #asiaED slow chat

Today’s post is a special guest blog post by Diana Engwa. Diana is a Grade 3-5 ICT Teacher at BISM in Makati, Philippines  She is extremely passionate about integrating technology to support student learning and is a “go-to expert for teachers across Asia”. Since we launched #asiaED chat last, it has been extremely successful in connecting educators throughout Asia in the form of a slow chat (1 question every day, hosted by a new Asian based educator each week). Here is Diana’s inspirational reflection of her week at the helm of #asiaED

My thoughts & reflections on moderating for #asiaED 26 January – 01 February 2015


by: Diana Engwa @DJCE57


Last December 2014, I was invited by Craig Kemp, to moderate for a week for #asiaED, in January 2015, on a topic of my choice. I was floored, humbled and overwhelmed. I immediately accepted the invitation. Next task – what topic do I choose? I have participated in many chats already so I didn’t want to just copy someone else’s topic. So, I decided on choosing a topic that I really love and something I wish to continue learning about. Then I prayed that everyone will receive that topic well and have something to contribute.

I was on…live, on January 26 at 7am. I tweeted the question from both my personal and @asiaedchat accounts and tagged as many friends as I could who I knew would support me best while I moderate. Waiting for that first tweet was nerve wrecking. The first tweet exchange was going to set the tone for the entire week. I didn’t wait long and my first answer was tweeted. Soon after, answers kept pouring in. Day 1 – a success, just hoped to be able to sustain it for the next 6 days.

I was not disappointed. Each day the participation and amount of resources shared just doubled. Everyone had 2-5 amazing educational technology resources to share. Some would share several times a day. They kept coming back to share what they know and asked each other for advice on things they wanted to try. We were having great conversations for 7 days and here’s why:

a fave = a smile

a RT = a smile with a short comment such as Wow, Great, Awesome…

a fave + a RT + a comment/shared insights/experiences  = A GOOD CONVERSATION

A chat is a conversation. So a fave or a RT isn’t sufficient in order to keep a good conversation going. – @DJCE57

My friends that I called upon for support didn’t disappoint me. They chipped in, retweeted or faved  the questions for the day. I am so thankful. But I am also grateful for the new friends I have made. In such a short time, we were there together, to share, to learn and collaborate. Once again, I am reminded of the importance, support, motivation and validation of amazing PLN.

Click here for Diana’s amazing Google Sheet outlining all shared tools, gadgets, links and resources that were shared during an amazing week at the helm of #asiaED.


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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • Great post by Diana and an excellent choice for moderator. She’s remarkable – smart, caring and always willing to help find answers and explore the Twitterverse. Thank you!

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