Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM
How do you get dozens of Ohio teachers to spent their Saturday talking about work? Hold the first #ohedchat Tweetup.
What's #ohedchat? What's a Tweetup? Glad you asked.
#Ohedchat is a weekly online chat for Ohio educators. It happens every Monday at 9 p.m. on Twitter during the school year. (Over the summer, #ohedchat is on a monthly schedule and takes place the second Tuesday of each month.)
An #ohedchat Tweetup is a chance for educators who have been chatting online to meet in person and continue their discussions face-to-face. This Saturday's Tweetup at the WOSU studios at the COSI science center in Columbus featured roundtable discussions on some of the biggest issues facing educators today and a rapid-fire, highly competitive panel discussion.
Scroll down for some key lessons from the first #ohedchat Tweetup and photos from the event.
(StateImpact Ohio was a sponsor of the #ohedchat Tweetup.)
1. Twitter is useful for more than live-tweeting Mad Men.
2. Teachers like the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. Mostly.
Huron school district technology director TJ Houston writes:
The Common Core State Standards are a good thing for Ohio schools, especially rural districts. A level playing field is a good thing.
3. Teachers are concerned about the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, to say the least.
Under the new teacher evaluation system, or OTES, teachers are evaluated based both on classroom observations and on how much their students learn in a given year. And it requires most teachers to be evaluated every year. Right now, most teachers are evaluated every couple of years.
I love using student data, which i collect, to help me see what to do with my students; NOT to judge how effective Ts are
— Scott Patterson (@spattersons) June 29, 2013
(SLOs stands for student learning objectives. An SLO is a measurable long-term academic growth target that a teacher sets at the beginning of the year for all students.)
4. Some schools are embracing technology. Others have a ways to go.
Still, educators are finding ways to push tech into the classroom.
5. Using tests (the phrase teachers like to use is "formative assessments") to check in on students' progress is a good thing.
But that doesn't mean those tests should count for students' grades.
6. There are better ways to give teachers updated training besides making them sit through a 3-hour, one-size-fits-all lecture.