By Tristan Verboven
"If you are a 21st century educator and you are not an#edchat follower, you should really stay in more. Three years ago when the Twitter discussion group began, founders Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and Shell Terrell thought it would just be a casual chatroom for educators. It has since become the go-to barometer for education issues on the net.
"Here’s how it works. Every week, following twitterers pitch them education-related discussion topics. They choose 5 topics to go on twtpoll.com . The topic with the most votes is then discussed Tuesdays 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST). For about an hour, English-speaking twitter-savvy educators all over the world hash it out. This casual crowd-sourced consensus-based democratic system never fails to get educators talking. Read the trade press all you want, but if you want to know what’s really going on in education, its on #edchat.
"The beauty of a thing like Twitter, is that its possible for a guy like me to put the screws to it. Just for kicks, I collected all the discussion topics from the last three years, put them to some content analysis, and found some science to the madness. No study worth its salt would come without its data and methodology (below). But for those who want to cut to the chase, here are some interesting trends Ive noticed on the edu-twitesphere over the years:"
Quite an interesting piece of research and the methodology is equally intriguing. -JL