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
TOPIC: EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY USED IN TEACHING CORE SUBJECTS
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.