Just Another SuperBowl

Of all the reasons to dislike the SuperBowl, mine has to be the most ridiculous. Upon looking at my schedule I found that the only evening I would be available to participate in my very first twitter chat this week was Sunday. But this was no regular Sunday – it was Superbowl Sunday.

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In my first attempt I checked over 15 different education twitter chats to find them either not active or postponed a week because of this massive celebration of masculinity and entertainment and those oh-so talked about commercials. I eventually connected with a fellow EDTC300 classmate who was going through the same struggles as myself. We chatted for a bit through twitter and decided to come back for the next time slot to try another round of chats.

After spending an hour watching Justin Timberlake’s much anticipated halftime performance sans Janet Jackson I returned to the internet once again. It was at this time that my classmate from earlier notified me of a twitter chat that was going to begin at eight. I set #blogchat as my paste option and readied my newly created tweetdeck to watch the action.

The beginning was slow and the community on this chat was tight. It felt as if the step by step instructions from class had been thrown out the window. There were no questions. No moderator. Just a bunch of people who were using the same hashtag to communicate. All at once I was astounded. Partly because of such a clever use of technology, but mostly that I had been completely oblivious to the significance of twitter.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m still confused as heck when it comes to tweets, retweets, and tweetdeck, but I now have an appreciation for this world that I am struggling to be a part of. The information I learned from this chat may not have been the most useful, but I sure did learn a lot about netiquette. I had never before been a part of an internet conversation. I had never experienced the thrill of connecting with complete strangers online. Up until this point I maintained a very reserved social footprint, but this chat opened my eyes to what I was missing.

In a world where real life connection is suffering, the internet fills the gap. The relationships that can be built online are just as valid as the ones in real life. Twitter chats themselves become the boardrooms and the staff meetings. Instead of being

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limited to the people in the room to share your ideas with, the entire world is at your fingertips. This creates a sharing of knowledge like never before. Information can be shared, discussed, and transformed like never before. I can’t wait to continue exploring the internet and how it can help me in becoming a better educator and a better citizen.  

Have you ever participated in a twitter chat? Tell me about your experience in the comments?

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Author: Hayley Hodson

I have known I wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I never had a doubt in my mind of what I wanted to be in this world. Even though I was certain of the end goal, I never stopped to wonder what the journey to get to that point would look like. This blog is it. This blog is the messy middle where I transition from student to teacher. Every thought and belief I have and learn throughout my education is posted to this blog in order to document my journey in becoming a teacher. I invite you all to join me as I strive to become more than just a teacher, but also a kind and inclusive citizen.

2 thoughts on “Just Another SuperBowl”

  1. Twitter is definitely a different ballpark from Facebook-like services, that is for sure. But it is a unique platform for public conversation, and the more you get into it, the more interesting it gets. I previously used it for the gaming communities, as a way to have public conversation on topics. I also use it for tracking topics like #skstorms during tornado season (Along with Greg johnson and the Tornado Hunters). I challenge you to take the plunge, even outside of education. Check out hashtags and topics that interest you personally, and see what comes up. You might find yourself starting to enjoy Twitter for a range of purposes!

    As for the Super Bowl, I can relate to your lack of interest in it. I didn’t even watch halftime, I was busy watching the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championship game! I do enjoy some of Canadian Football cause it used a bit more strategy, but I prefer games like Curling where it is all about sportmanship and uses problem-solving that is fairly similar to chess.

    I hope your Twitter chat this week goes a bit better!
    Best,
    Webster

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