It is Work Experience Week at the Twitter Stream and both the Tweet family and the Promoted family have gone to show their tweetlets what work at the Twitter Stream entails.
For the final demonstration a Twitter chat with participants from around the world was organised to illustrate the use of the regular #chats, the advantages of a PLN (Professional Learning Network or Personal Learning Network) and also to show the differing time zones around the world.
The large screen was displaying a map of the world showing Greenwich Mean Time /UTC time and various time zones. Another screen was assigned to the Twitter chat
The chat moderator asked all the participants to introduce themselves and tell where they were located in the world and their local time. Within moments tweets appeared from Angus McTvitter in Scotland, Van Tweet in Holland, U.A.R. Tweeter in the United Arab Emirates, Aussie Tweet in Australia and Tweetin Texan in the U.S.A.
The Moderator’s local time was 12.00 noon and the local times for the participants varied from 13.00 and 15.00 to 18.00 the same day and the Australian at 9.00am the following day.
The Tweetlets were amazed and impressed!
Retweet found inspiration for topics to cover in their NEST Ed Geography studies and also made some interesting new connections she could add to her PLN for sharing information and encouragement.
The Work Experience Week definitely achieved the goal of giving tweetlets an experience of work at the Twitter Stream.
Time to do the World Time Zones Clock Dance again! On 7 October some Australian states went onto Daylight Saving Time. Now Jo Hart’s Serendipity and Fine Focus Webinars http://johart1.edublogs.org/about-edublogs-serendipityfine-focus-webinars/ will be at 10.00am Friday and #gtchat http://www.txgifted.org/gtchat sessions at 10.00am Saturday for Victoria and New South Wales. You can work out the time for your part of the world at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
GT Chat is returning this week!
There is much excitement amongst the Twitter Birds. They are getting ready to share links to websites and books and articles of interest. And they are getting ready to help provide support, encouragement and comfort as folks from around the world discuss topics relating to giftedness and talent.
This year the founder of #gtchat, Deborah Mersino, has passed the moderator baton to the very capable hands of Lisa Conrad. GT Chat will be powered by Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and all the details can be found on their page at http://www.txgifted.org/announcements/gtchat-back
GT Chat will be held on Fridays at 7.00pm EDT. At the moment that means it will be 10.00am Saturdays for participants in Melbourne and Sydney.
You can use World Clock Meeting Planner to determine the time for your area.
Times for #gtchat will change again this week as the U.S. EST (New York) goes off Daylight Savings Time.
I consulted time and date.com http://www.timeanddate.com/ and read about daylight saving at http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/ and put the times into their meeting planner at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
If my calculations are correct the #gtchat sessions which take place at noon and 7.00pm Friday US EST (NewYork) will now be at 4.00am and 11.00 am Saturday for participants in Melbourne and Sydney.
Serendipity and Fine Focus Webinars will still be at 10.00am Friday as they are linked to GMT time.
Time to do the World Time Zones Clock Dance again! Some Australian states have gone onto Daylight Saving Time. So, at the moment, Serendipity and Fine Focus Webinars are at 10.00am Friday and #gtchat sessions are at 3.00am and 10am Saturday for Victoria and New South Wales.
Last time Christine Fonseca was the guest expert for #gtchat the #gtstoogies celebrated the launch of her book Emotional Intensity with a wine and cheese tasting
So it seemed fitting to hold another wine and cheese tasting event this week when Christine will again be the guest expert for #gtchat this time launching her new book 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids. Through the window you can see the hot air balloon which will take her on her Blog Tour in May.
When the mice saw that the topic of the other #gtchat session would be preparing gifted students for positions of leadership they took their cheese platters to the mouseum to view portraits of mice who had been in leadership positions – Mousey Tung, Mouselini and Mousetapha.
And the Twitter birds want to send a reminder that since daylight savings time has ended in Victoria and New South Wales the #gtchat sessions will be at 2.00am and 9.00am on Saturday mornings.
After considering the two mind maps I made on the topic Attracting More Participants to SerendipEd I came to the conclusion that the SerendipEd webinars are well named. Jo Hart has often said that attendence numbers vary with the time of year (class times, holidays, daylight savings time etc).
By making a Venn diagram based on the mind map which was made with iMindMap we can see that the participants come from the fortunate group who have reason, incentive and most importantly available time to attend.
So to answer the question ‘What can be done to attract more participants to SerendipEd webinars?’ we need to look at what can be done to enlarge the areas of overlap especially the vital centre section of full congruence which I have shaded in violet because that felt like a serendipitous sort of colour!
I know that Jo Hart is doing these things already
To address the question of most suitable times
(i) Check comparative times with Time and Date World Clock Meeting Calendar http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html
(ii)check for clashes with other edchats and webinars eg Cybraryman’s list of Education chats on Twitter http://www.cybraryman.com/chats.html
(iii) conduct a poll
To address the question of reasons and what else could be offered
(i) Ask for input This already happens with the Wallwisher where topics can be requested http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/EdublogsSerendipity
To address the question of Incentive we need to consider that motivation can be intrisic or extrinsic See RSA Animate
Drive the surprising truth about what motivates us
adapted from Dan Pink’s address
Most of the Incentives listed on the iMindMap are intrinsic motivators.
Are some concrete external motivators needed to attract participants?
Would making the webinars constitute part of training courses be an option?
This would lead to a whole extra set of questions in regard to certification and funding sources and time required and whether, if the webinars were completely formalised, they would still retain their Serendipitous nature. Another aspect of Attracting More Participants is spreading the word or advertising and that is another whole topic of discussion.