Q1 How do you implement [educational concept] in your classrooms? #thischat
A1 [educational concept] is totally damaging to students. Instead I everybody should use [alternate concept, with no supporting reasons] #thischat
Nice Noob @kindbutclueless
What is [educational concept]? Can someone please explain to me perfectly & completely in 140 characters or less? #thischat While you're writing your reply, I will tweet 4 more questions that you can't possibly keep up with! But I'm really polite and willing to learn, so everyone lets me continue this behavior!
A1 Here is my multi-part response about [educational concept], beginning with the various acceptable definitions of this term (1/39)
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Jiffy Lube @GifsRool
[almost always responds with somewhat relevant animated gifs] #thischat
I believe these tendencies partly result from the nature of synchronous chats: we usually know the topic beforehand, and sometimes we've previewed the questions, but still it's a relatively random and haphazard event. Dozens of adults are reacting from diverse perspectives, beliefs, and experiences ... and we can only write about 2 sentences at a time (plus maybe a nifty image!).
They are like the "brainstorming" discussions we sometimes have with students, which are supposed to just get the ball rolling and introduce a topic; these are never the final activity, or the end of a unit. That is why they're usually a bit awkward. Nobody has a clear point of reference: a shared active-learning experience, a text that everyone (supposedly) has already read, etc.
This is a long way of saying that I want to make #flipblogs happen. Educators can write a blog post on the pre-determined topic, read each other's thoughts, maybe have dialogues in the blog comments ... all for several days and THEN we meet for a simultaneous/synchronous Twitter conversation. I hope we can have more thoughtful discussions with the benefit of previewing the topic in a meaningful way (writing, reading, commenting, or a combination). This seems to be a better representation of flipped learning, so I hope we can make it work!