Category Archives: Twitter

Make Something Invisible Visible

The following is an attempt to document learning and to make something invisible visible. It is meant as a demonstration of “The Power of Twitter” . I am trying to make this potential visible for a group of teachers at the German School in Buenos Aires, which I am coaching this year.

The following post is a translation (from Spanish) of my blog post to them.

After our group video  conference/webinar about Twitter yesterday, I wanted to make the power of Twitter and of having a Personal Learning Network (PLN) more visible to you.

Paul Kesselring, the young student from German, who we conected to via Skype during our week in March together in Buenos Aires, shared a tweet about the power of Twitter, when he announced that through our virtual contact, he will be given the opportunity of an internship at the Goethe Schule.



This morning, I read a blog post by Verónica. She observed and reflected on her students’ independent thinking skills. This prompted me to ask my PLN on Twitter the following:


I wanted to know how other educators were dealing with some of the same issues with their students and these questions? Being geographically aware, I noted that responses were coming in from Kate y Hayley (from Australia), Beth, Chris & Sara (from the USA) and  Hannah (from  Qatar), Lukas, Kate (could not pinpoint their country location)



Note, as well, the hashtags that were added in some of their responses to not only diseminate this request to their own followers, but to the followers to a given hashtag.

Another example:

I had the first 1:1 coaching video conference with Alejandra yesterday. We spoke about her plans to create a classroom blog for the parents of her Kindergarten/Preschool class. What could she document to share with parents?

Today I sent out a tweet to ask, if anyone could share links to more Kindergarten blog examples


Again, my PLN did not fail and responses started to come in. This time with links, but also with recommendations of what other #hashtags to search to learn about more resources and examples.


I only shared a few examples from the past 24 hours. It is fascinating to also think, that the respnses and answers to the questions I posed in the tweets, will continue to come in from my followers from around the world, as they are waking up in different time zones or depending on their established Twitter reading routines

My question to all of you is : What do you think of all of this? What is your understanding (just having been introduced to Twitter) of this web of communication, the virtual paths of information and the different types of connecting with others around the world to ask questions and learn together. Please leave a comment with your thoughts.


Documenting FOR Learning: #amplifiEDU Chat in October

The 3rd #amplifiEDU Twitter Chat has been scheduled. Mark your calendars and join us!

document4learning-mainOctober 14, 2015 – 8 pm EST!
Our topic of discussion will be: Documenting FOR Learning.

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Your moderators: Silvana Scarso (Brazil), Chic Foote (New Zealand), Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (USA) & Andrea Hernandez (USA) and Katrin Barlsen (Argentina)

While we will be digging deeper into the topic, Documenting FOR Learning, by following the Q1/A1 chat format (see questions below), we will continue to practice what we preach and use this opportunity to AMPLIFY teaching and learning.
  • Last Twitter chat was documented through the lens of a Twitter Newbie through a screencast of the chat- Becoming More Connected, commentated and individual components of the chat unpacked (structure, format, mentions, hashtags, etc.) pointed out and the speed of the conversation slowed down  for newbies to be able to follow, become aware and even potentially participate.
  • This upcoming #amplifiEDU Twitter chat will be documented through the lens of CURATION. Using different documentation techniques, we will make thinking, learning and perspectives around the topic of documentation FOR learning visible. You will be able to catch the product of that documentation (and all future documentations around amplified education) by subscribing to the amplifiEDucation blog, by following the @amplifiEDU user  or the #amplifiEDU hashtag on Twitter.


Q1: Why documenting FOR learning?
Q2: What can you document?
Q3: How do you get into the habit of a “documenter”?
Q4: What will you accept as evidence of learning?
Q5: Have you taken the time to connect and respond.
Q6: What will you DO with the documentation?
Q7: How do you become metacognitive about documentation?









Upcoming #amplifiEDU Twitter Chat: Becoming More Connected!- The 7 Degrees of Connectedness.

Announcing the second #amplifiEDU Twitter Chat for this upcoming Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 8 pm EST!


Our topic of discussion will be: Becoming More Connected!- The 7 Degrees of Connectedness.

Your moderators: Silvana Scarso (Brazil), Chic Foote (New Zealand), Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (USA) & Andrea Hernandez (USA)

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The topic is based on Rodd Lucier‘s blog post Seven Degrees of Connectedness, which in turn was amplified when I created an infographic of the same name.

Looking forward to seeing you and perhaps stepping out of your comfort zone to amplify your own connectedness by going beyond being a lurker!
amplifiEDU-TwitterChat-MainOur Questions for the Twitter Chat:

  • Q1: Look at the 7 Levels of Connectedness infographic & self-assess. Please share where you think you are as a connected learner.
  • Q2: What does it take to become more connected? What has brought you to your current level of connectedness?
  • Q3: What are the rewards of being connected?
  • Q4: What discourages you from connecting?
  • Q5: Can you find a tweet to connect with? Take the time to reply to someone else.
  • Q6: What is ONE THING you will do to amplify your level connectedness or your area of influence?



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Announcing #amplifiEDU Chat

The concept of amplified education is fascinating!

The Free Dictionary defines the verb “amplify” as:

  1. To make larger or more powerful; increase.
  2. To add to, as by illustrations; make complete.

When I think of amplifying teaching and learning, I think of:

I am excited to be able to “amplify” my thoughts (pun intended) by “making learning larger”, “increase” the perspectives and best practices… work on adding puzzle pieces of teaching reflections from my learning network.

Together with Andrea Hernandez (USA), Chic Foote (New Zealand) and Silvana Scarso (Brazil), we will practice what we preach and amplify teaching and learning via a Twitter Chat, sparking a conversation and moving forward to

  • define amplified teaching and learning
  • share resources
  • support each other
  • learn with others
  • crowdsource examples of best practices in professional development and from the classroom
  • practice amplification skills

Interested? Join us for our first #amplifiEDU Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 8 pm EST

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Our topic will be: Set the Tone for the New School Year : Amplify Learning (in honor of the Northern Hemisphere returning to school)

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amplifiEDU-Twitter_Chat-Sept9   We have prepared 5 questions and 2 challengesQ1 Q2 Q3


C5 Q6 Q7If you have never participated in a Twitter chat, why not give it a try? We promise we won’t bite and make it worth your while.

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You can check out the following resources to wrap your mind around Twitter Chats:

Unpacking a Twitter Conference Feed

Twitter can be overwhelming, even for a seasoned Twitterer.

  • We use tools, such as Tweetdeck, to help us organize the tweets coming in
  • we use #hashtags to filter and connect our conversations
  • we @mention, we RT, we DM, we #FF
  • we participate in #edchats
  • we give credit where credit is due
  • we take notes
  • we disseminate interesting information to our network
  • we amplify our voices to engage in conversation with people from around the world

Yes, it can be overwhelming to follow a conference Twitter hashtag such as #AASSA15 (Association of American Schools in South America Annual Educators Conference . (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).

Below you will find a few sample sreenshots of Tweets from the AASSA conference in Curaçao. Unpacked and annotexted  to make the value of Twitter as a Professional Development tool, a learning tool visible to the untrained eye.

As you are looking at the tweets below ask yourself:

  • How could you use Twitter as a backchannel tool for assessment (at your faculty meeting)
  • How could you use Twitter as part of your faculty sharing PD learning (accountability) with colleagues who did not travel or participate physically in PD opportunity (amplify and stretch PD money)
  • How well was the conference objective/theme (Making Connections- No Teacher is an Island) represented?
  • How could teachers and students use Twitter as a new form of assessment to demonstrate evidence of modern skills and literacies?

Documenting and showing process

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Different additions and purpose of tweeting a single quote by the keynote speaker


Note taking strengthened by multiple people (compared to traditional solitary/individual note taking)


Visual note taking, giving followers a glimpse into multiple classrooms/presentations. Impossible to do physically (being in multiple places at the same time)

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Twitter is not only a platform to create and store your own notes in 140 characters or less. It is meant for connecting, sharing, communicating by participating in a conversation.


140 characters not enough? Link to a blog post, share your reflections, learning and further resources.



Twitter is about connecting and learning together when you can’t be in the same physical space.

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Twitter is real. Twitter “can” go beyond banal sharing of what you consumed for dinner or how your dog feels on any particular day. It is up to you HOW you use the platform.

Twitter is real. The connections that are forged by communicating, sharing and learning together as teachers are real.

Twitter is real. Twitter as a platform to bring educators from around the world together to string their learning and conversations together.

How do you unpack our Twitter feed and make learning and connections visible to others?

crossposted to AASSA Blog