Online Internal University Course

The #d68chat (using Twitter as a district PD tool)

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Course Description

For all district staff looking for a flexible way to receive PD and collaborate/learn from their colleagues.


Whether you are a Twitter pro or new to this social network, consider registering for this unique take on an online Internal University concept to use Twitter as a professional learning tool. Twitter chats provide a chance to network and grow your professional circle (and knowledge!) through shared interests. Through our #d68chat hashtag, we will be able to have weekly conversations via Twitter with colleagues within our district who we may or may not have the opportunity to connect with daily. Consider this PD in your PJs!

Participant Objectives

Staff participating will join weekly one-hour online Twitter chats and also complete an additional hour each week in the combination of implementing strategies into instruction and using Twitter for other professional purposes.

Location & Time

FOR RETURNING CHAT MEMBERS

Face to face:
  • Face to Face reflection/discussion from 3:45-4:45PM, Tuesday, April 7th.
  • From 4:30-4:45 we will answer Qs and assist new members in getting started with Twitter and set up Tweetdeck.


Other Meetings:

  • Twitter (1 hour chat online every Tuesday, 8-9pm)
  • Staff will be required to fulfill the 2 hour weekly commitment by participating in our weekly district Twitter chat (1 hour) and utilize Twitter as they see fit throughout the week (1 hour).
  • Weekly Twitter topics for each chat will be announced prior to the chat - resources will be shared to help facilitate the discussion.

FOR NEW CHAT MEMBERS

Face to face:
  • Face to Face Twitter bootcamp from 4:30-5:30, Tuesday, April 7th.


Other Meetings:

  • Twitter (1 hour chat online every Tuesday, 8-9pm)
  • Staff will be required to fulfill the 2 hour weekly commitment by participating in our weekly district Twitter chat (1 hour) and utilize Twitter as they see fit throughout the week (1 hour).
  • Weekly Twitter topics for each chat will be announced prior to the chat - resources will be shared to help facilitate the discussion.

Facilitator: Tarah Tesmer

Each week, Tarah will be facilitating the online #d68chat on Twitter and also provide course members with supplemental materials on the class blog page.

Materials Needed


  1. Twitter account (professional use)
  2. BYOD during face to face meeting, or bring a Chromebook from your building.
  3. Computer, tablet, phone... whatever you need to connect to us during the weekly Twitter chats from your personal space.
  4. Connected Twitter account to www.tweetdeck.com

Sign up below to join this Internal University offering before Monday, April 6th.

#d68chat online Internal University course

Tuesday, April 7th, 4:30pm

Thomas Jefferson Jr High School, Woodridge, IL, United States

Woodridge, IL

How many Internal University credits will I receive if I attend this course?

  • 1 Internal University credit will be presented to all who successfully complete the course requirements.


What is the cost for those who want to attend for Internal University credit?

  • $110 (note that this is a change from the first round of the course)


How many CPDUs will I receive?

  • 16 hours of CPDUs will be available


Can I get paid an hourly rate if I want to attend but don’t want Internal University credit?

  • Staff choosing not to receive Internal University credit will be paid $14 per hour for each of the 16 hours of class attendance.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Weekly Agenda - Chats are every Tues. on Twitter from 8-9pm

What are the dates of the course? Week of April 7 - May 26


  • Week 1: 4/7

    • Face to face starter meeting

    • Self-drive online use/build your PLN

  • Week 2: 4/14

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/classroom practice

  • Week 3: 4/21

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/classroom practice

  • Week 4: 4/28

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/classroom practice

  • Week 5: 5/5

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/classroom practice

  • Week 6: 5/12

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/classroom practice

  • Week 7: 5/19

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/classroom practice

  • Week 8: 5/26

    • Twitter chat

    • Self-driven online use/reflection

Link to our class blog page