May 28 will mark our ninth Twitter Chat. These quick, one hour "chats" are a great way to connect with your ICE PLN and have attracted folks from near and far. The chats have offered a wealth of resources that are curated and readily available after each chat through our Storify archived files on theTwitter Chat page on the ICE website.
If you haven't tried "chatting" yet, consider joining us the last week in May from 8-9 pm. If you don't know what to expect or how to locate the chat, see our resource links to tutorials and descriptions to get you up to speed.
You may have noticed that our chats, monthly webinars and newsletters have each focused on monthly themes. For example, April's theme was literacy. Our webinar was on Storybird with Megan Ryder. The April Twitter chat archive features links to all kinds of digital tools and examples of ways technology can enhance literacy instruction and student products. The April newsletter contains a great article by former ICE Spotlight Speaker, Richard Colosi (ICE 2014) on early literacy activities with iPads as well as features on blogging and .
Many thanks to our social media and professional development teams for coordinating the webinars, newsletters and chats. We are grateful to Mike McGowan @MikesTechCloset, our Professional Development Chair for coordinating this year's webinars. Jen Smith @jmaclaurin, our Social Media Chair, initiated the idea of the Twitter Chats as a way for ICE Twitter followers to connect around the monthly themes, and was quickly joined by Amanda Pelsor @misspelsor, Paul Solarz @paulsolarz, and Carrie Baughcum @heckawesome who became our Twitter Chat team - you will see their individual Twitter contributions in each month's archive file. Recently, Eric Hansen @linktohansen has joined the social media team and is moderating our Google+ community. Amanda Pelsor @misspelsor, the ICE Communication Chair, was joined this year by Michael Johnson to serve as Co-Editors of the monthly newsletter ICE members recieve via email. These ICE volunteers have each contributed many hours of thought and preparation to provide monthly free professional development and opportunities to connect and keep up with topics of interest to our membership. We are fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers and encourage you to follow each of them on Twitter as a great way to build your ICE PLN!
It's been over a month since ICE 2015, PARCC has come and gone and most of us are either just returning from or preparing for spring break. In our March newsletter, our Executive Director, Dr. Margaret Johnson, encouraged ICE 2015 attendees to commit to doing "just one thing" from the ideas/skills/networking shared at ICE 2015 and to document their commitment. Some examples from folks who have responded and completed our Just One Thing form include:
We'd love to hear from more of you about the impact of ICE 2015, and we our form is still collecting responses! Also, if you haven't checked our new ICE 2015 Session Resources, we are pleased to see that many, many of our presenters have submitted links to their session presentations and other resources. If you were a presenter, your submissions are still welcome, so please add your resources to our collection! It's a great way to check out sessions you missed or revisit those you attended. Many thanks to Amanda Pelsor and David Chan for planning and creating the structure for our resource page!