This is a guest post by Sonya van Schaijik, who recently hosted a #scichatnz discussion on sharing best practice
The process of hosting
Science has been dominating my time this past few months and it has been exciting.
@mattynicoll approached me to lead the 24th of February #ScichatNZ and of course I said yes. I know Matt because we were both on the steering committee for #edchatnz and he is one of the teachers joining the #TeachMeetNZ meets #Science session.
I enjoy teaching science and learning through the Nature of Science. For those of you interested in learning how to run a twitter chat, I use the #GlobalClassroom training shared with me from @mgraffin. He is an Australian Science passionate teacher that I have met on twitter. I set up a google Doc and divided the hour up with questions. You can see the one I set up for #SciChatNZ here. Matt was fabulous in supporting me by giving me the topic: Sharing Best Practice. During the hour chat, I have learnt too from #aussieEDchat the importance of using a graphic for questions as this helps hold the chat together. So I created a presentation of the questions here . I exported the presentation as jpgs and tidied up the images leading up to the session.
The session was storified by @NZScienceLearn so had to go back and revisit the session. I was grateful for the #SciChatnz team who rallied around me and helped ensure that the twitter chat flowed. In fact it didn’t just flow, it stormed and we trended on twitter.
One of the important lessons I learnt from @julielindsay is about keeping a record of the sharing. So I like to see some kind of an archive of chat history. This is something that the #SciChatNZ team do very well.
I believe the session was successful because science educators made connections and they collaborated to create an artefact for the community. In addition a map was created to list all the #scichatnz participants,