Hosting #AppleEDUchat

It seems like a long time ago that James and I decided we were up for hosting a Twitter chat. One of the big persuasion points with colleagues had been to show how iPad would not only benefit students but benefit teachers by saving time and simplifying processes. We proposed this as a topic when there was a call for new hosts.

In those hazy days, Tuesday nights at 8pm were #ADEchat and had formed the start of my Apple Distinguished Educator journey. It was the crux of those ‘have we met, or do I know you from Twitter’ moments at Academy.

By the time our slot rolled round, on 6th March 2018, #ADEchat had become #AppleEDUchat – but our purpose was still the same. We brainstormed six questions on the topic of Teacher Workflow with iPad, edited them with Miriam and Martin (fellow ADEs who oversee it all). Artwork arrived for each of the questions, and shiny new avatar frames. We had just enough time to figure out scheduled tweets before the big day.

Our questions were:

  1. Which apps help you to be an efficient teacher in your classroom?
  2. Do you have a different workflow process for when you work with students?
  3. How does iPad support efficient learner assessment?
  4. Share your favourite iPad based workflow.
  5. How do you encourage colleagues to embrace productive teacher workflow with iPad?
  6. We’ve seen a lot of good ideas shared. What are you going to try after tonight? Do you have One More Thing… you’d like to share?

It was a fantastic moment to enable discussion about this on Twitter, and to reach far and wide in the region. As a participant it’s a much more relaxed affair, considering questions, writing an answer, reading others, liking and replying. An hour will fly by. As a host, I was so glad to not only have James and also the scheduled tweets. In trying to reach, like, reply, prompt for more information from as many people as possible, the hour blinked by and I emerged from the tunnel vision to find a cold cup of tea beside the keyboard, which my fiancé had made for me at some point during it!

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