I co-moderate the Florida Educators’ Chat (#FLedChat) with Dennis Dill (@DennisDill) on Wednesday nights at 8pm. It is a fun experience. I really enjoy getting to know my fellow educators 140 characters at a time. Recently a couple of really inspirational educators have begun trying to bring all of us State Chat Moderators together. Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) and Jeff Bush (@bushjms) have been instrumental in changing the way I see our weekly conversations.
Joe has worked to put all the state chats on the map – literally. I encourage everyone to check it out here. This was an amazing first step. It literally opened my eyes to all the state chats. This got us all talking, everywhere. A community was formed on Google +. There are about 40 or so State Chat Moderators already there.
It was a quiet community. Sort of like the teachers’ lounge. Everyone knows where it is but very few hang out in there.
Then Jeff Bush created a survey. He emailed it to everyone in the community. I have been getting e-mails from tons of people responding to his email. It has been great. Conversations have been started. I confess, I even added to the rush of electronic communications. I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the aggregated data. Jeff must be working around the clock.
The combination of Twitter, Google+ and Facebook has opened my eyes to the social media blender we use daily. There is no one magic social media site. The connections are made across all of them. I use twitter for chats. I use Facebook to keep up with the Edcamp Duval Team (Allison Hogan, @AllisonHoganESD, and Lindsay Sharp, @LindsayPSharp). Google+ is a great place to connect to larger groups like the State Moderators. Each of these social media giants have a unique role to play in staying connected. Together they keep me connected and happy, just like a good old fashioned strawberry milkshake.