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#slate2011: There but not there

December 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Professional Learning Networks, web 2.0 tools

One year ago, along with five of my colleagues, I was physically present at Wisconsin’s SLATE conference (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education). This year, I was not able to attend, but through the hashtag #slate2011, I was able to follow some of the energy through my PLN peeps who were there in person. Not only did I follow their Tweets and links, but I was also able to engage somewhat.

When I read this:

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Thanks to @_msjohnson, who found the Tweet Blender widget for our NCTE presentation, I was able to suggest this widget for Jessica. I tweeted back:

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(Darn that auto correct on my phone: “appear” should read “app.” I also forgot to add the #slate2011 hashtag, which should teach me to tweet more cautiously. So to fix it, I retweeted this, which also include @chadkafka in the conversation.

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The point is, even though I couldn’t attend the conference in person, I could attend it virtually. Twitter allowed me to stay in touch, to feel connected, to learn, and to share.

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