Participate launches new app to customize Twitter for teachers
July 11, 2017 – Chapel Hill, N.C. – Participate, a partner of K-12 schools and school districts, has launched a new app called Participate Chats, which gives teachers a powerful, mobile way to use Twitter to find relevant education chats and connect with educators around the world.
“Twitter EdChats are a great tool for educators to use to connect, but the volume and pace of information shared can overwhelm participants,” said Brad Spirrison, senior director at Participate. “One way our new app solves that problem is by helping educators easily follow trending education chats they might want to know more about, and automatically capture classroom resources shared in a Twitter chat by participants and moderators.”
Educators have used Participate’s software from laptops and desktops to share educational resources with teachers, administrators and parents around the world via the platform’s Collections and Courses features. Schools, districts and other educational organizations partner with Participate to manage competency-based blended learning professional development programs that include badging and micro-credentialing for courses, chats and other formal and informal learning opportunities.
“I moderate several Twitter education chats, but Twitter isn’t designed to really let you actively participate in chats; there’s no way to leave a chat, bookmark a resource someone mentions, return to a chat and keep up with all the messages going by,” said Keith George, an education technology specialist for the Alabama Department of Education, who tested Participate Chats. “Participate Chats lets me find a topic I’m interested chatting about on Twitter, follow the discussion or pause the discussion, and automatically build a collection of resources mentioned in the education chat. It’s like a DVR for Twitter chats.”
Participate designed the app based on months of testing and feedback from educators who use both Twitter and Participate’s web-based platform for collecting and sharing classroom ideas and resources. The app gives teachers a way to pause and resume a chat stream and easily distinguish questions and answers found in an education chat.
“When you’re in a Twitter education chat, you have to remember to put a hashtag on your tweet or it won’t be seen by the moderator or participants,” added George. “It’s frustrating to chime in with a tweet and realize it wasn’t seen because you’ve forgotten to add a hashtag. Participate Chats takes care of that by automatically appending your tweet with the correct hashtag.”
To create a free Participate account, visit https://www.participate.com/continuous-learning. Download the Participate Chats app at the Apple App Store.
Participate (http://www.participate.com) partners with schools and districts to provide leading-edge technology, comprehensive frameworks and support services. These programs and services impact student outcomes by improving teacher practice through collaborative and competency-based professional learning. For nearly 30 years, educators have used Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that empower teachers and inspire students to create impact on a global scale. Participate is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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