Monday, 7 January 2013

#GeoEdChat - coming in February

There has been a growth in professional communities developing around hashtags on Twitter.

There are various lists of these chats, and there are a number of them in the UK.which are aimed at supporting specific subjects.

A new opportunity for geographers will take place It's the inaugural #GeoEdChat

The website has a list of possible topics for discussion

I will be moderating a future chat, although I am travelling quite a bit in February and March.

The four possible topics for the first chat are listed here. Vote now for which one you would like to take part in, and then come back in early February.

Everyone who is interested in improving geography education, teaching and learning is welcome to join in. It’s our intention that #GeoEdChat will cross, shape and create  professional and geographical frontiers,
Geography education, teaching and learning is of vital importance not only for individuals, but communities at all scales around the world. From finding the best place to eat, sleep, hide, find work, dance, give birth or be safe, to understanding the patterns and processes that affect and interconnect people, places, markets, habitats, cities, wildlife and ideas, good geographical thinking helps us to make sense of things and solve problems. By improving geography education we can make our lives and the planet better; a strong argument for geography and developing a #GeoEdChat.

Each Wednesday on Twitter using the hashtag #GeoEdChat, we’ll focus on a different topic that will be mediated by a different person. It will also take place in one of four different time zones so we can get as many geography educators involved as possible.
  • 20:00 London (UTC 0)  1st Wednesday of each month
  • 20:00 New York (UTC-5) 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • 20:00 Dhaka (UTC +6 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • 20:00 Sydney (UTC +10) 4th Wednesday of each month
This effectively means that #GeoEdChat will only take place in ‘your region’ once a month, but we’d encourage you to try and make the others if you can. You can see a break down of future chats and times as and when the take place here.

There will be a series of blog posts in advance of the chat, once the subject has been voted on, and this will set up the actual discussion.

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