Calling all classrooms with up-and-coming coders and app makers-to-be: Computer Science Education Week is happening on December 3 – 9 this year. In celebration of this event, our 14 global hosts are excited to offer you a new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Computer Science, Hour of Code and Computational Thinking.
Joining from all over the world, our hosts hope to inspire you in empowering your students to prepare for their futures. For a glimpse of what’s in store, catch up on the most recent #HackTheClassroom event and watch some changemakers in action.
This month’s TweetMeet also dives into Voyage Aquatic, a brand-new Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial just launched in close partnership with Code.org (@codeorg).
Join the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Tuesday, November 20, at 10:00 a.m. PST (check your time zone here) to learn more. (Sounds great, but what’s a TweetMeet?)
We offer a total of 8 language tracks this month: In addition to English, you can also participate in Español (Spanish), Italiano (Italian), Português (Portuguese),اللغة العربية (Arabic), Sprski (Serbian), Deutsch (German) and Nederlands (Dutch).
For each language track, we have one or more hosts to post the translated questions and respond to educators. As always, we’re super grateful to all current and former hosts who are collaborating closely to provide this service.
The #TweetMeetXX hashtags for non-English languages are to be used together with #MSFTEduChat so that everyone can find the conversations back in their own language. For example: Portuguese-speaking people use the combination #TweetMeetPT #MSFTEduChat. English-speaking educators may all use #MSFTEduChat on its own.
Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet is celebrating #CSEdWeek and #HourofCode with tips from the pros! Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST. #CS #MSFTEduChat
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More ways to participate
- Post-event summary: We will publish a new post after this #MSFTEduChat event summarizing the key lessons from the conversations during the TweetMeet. The hosts will collaborate to curate a top selection of the tweets and trends they found most significant. For even more highlights from the TweetMeet, the blog post will offer multiple Twitter Moments – curated stories and conversations from Twitter. Look for this blog post soon after the event.
- TweetMeet fan? Show it off on your Twitter profile: Every month more people discover the unique nature of the TweetMeets and become passionate about them. Well, you can now show your passion for the TweetMeets right from your Twitter page. The dimensions of our Twitter Header Photo are 1500×500 – the perfect size for your Twitter profile. Get this month’s image here: #MSFTEduChat Twitter Header Photo.
Why join the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?
TweetMeets are monthly recurring Twitter conversations about themes relevant to educators, facilitated by Microsoft Education. The purpose of these events is to help professionals in education to learn from each other and inspire their students while they are preparing for their future. The TweetMeets also nurture personal learning networks among educators from across the globe.
We’re grateful to have a support group made up exclusively of former TweetMeet hosts, who volunteer to translate communication and check the quality of our questions and promotional materials. They also help identify the best candidates for future events, provide relevant resources, promote the events among their networks, and, in general, cheer everybody on.
When and how can I join?
Join us Tuesday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #CS, #HourofCode, #CSEdWeek and #MicrosoftEDU (which you can always use to stay in touch with us). To find the event time for your specific location, use this time zone announcer.
From our monthly surveys we know that you may be in class at event time, busy doing other things or maybe even asleep – well, no problem! All educators are most welcome to join after the event. Simply take a look at the questions below and respond to these at a day and time that suit you best. You can also schedule your tweets in advance. In that case, be sure to quote the entire question and mention the hashtag #MSFTEduChat, so that everyone knows the right question and conversation to which you are responding.
How can I best prepare?
To prepare for the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet, have a look at the questions we crafted this time.
We’ve also lined up the following resources that cover Minecraft’s Code Builder, a useful Computer Science curriculum and a convenient course on how you can bring Computational Thinking into your classroom:
- Learn Coding with the Code Builder Update for Minecraft
- 14-Week Computer Science curriculum with MakeCode for micro:bit – course by Douglas Kiang for Microsoft and BBC micro:bit, with OneNote Notebook
- Connect with Computer Science professionals during CS EdWeek, live webinars with code creators, facilitated by Skype in the Classroom and Code.org
- How to Infuse Computational Thinking in your Teaching with Maker Challenges – Microsoft Education course
Our hosts have also assembled this great Flipgrid:
All 14 hosts have been carefully recruited from across the globe based on their expertise in and passion for engaging their students in Computer Science, Hour of Code and Computational Thinking:
- Alfred Thompson @alfredtwo (High school computer science teacher from New Hampshire, USA)
- Amanda Calitz @AmandaCalitz (MIE Expert, MIE trainer 21CLD lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand- Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Amanda Ford @aford78 (West College Scotland Games lecturer, MIE Expert, CoderDojo Mentor & Mini Game Jam organiser – Glasgow, Scotland)
- Areej Alghamdi @Areejabdullahsa (MIE Expert, MIE trainer – Jeddah city, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
- Brian Dang @8bitclassroom (Program Manager on Microsoft PowerApps, maker of educational apps – Bellevue, WA USA)
- Doug Bergman @DougBergmanUSA (Innovative, Project-Based Computer Science teaching, author – Charleston. SC, USA)
- Francisco Tejeira @ftejeirab (ICT Coordinator and Digital Design Teacher at SEK Alborán International School, MIE Expert – Almerimar, Spain)
- Marco Neves @mbrasneves (MIE Expert, Computer Science Teacher, Educational Project Coordinator and Teacher Trainer – Batalha, Portugal)
- Michael Drezek @m_drez (District Technology Integrator/TOSA at Lake Shore CSD. MIE, Minecraft Global Mentor, Flipgrid Global Rockstar, Ignite Speaker – Angola, NY, USA)
- Monia Mahmoudi @mannou77 (MIE Expert, Computer science teacher, International School Award coordinator ,leading teacher of Europe code week in my country – Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia)
- Olalekan Adeeko @lincolndemo (ICT Teacher, MIE Expert and co-founder of Codeliners – Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria )
- Patricia Gartland @p_gartland (CEO/Superintendent School District No. 43 – Learning Without Boundaries – Success In Life For All, International Educator – Coquitlam, BC, Canada)
- Pauline Maas @4pip (Teacher ICT Special Education Needs, Author of 5 coding books for children, giving lots of lectures and workshops to teachers how they can implement Computational Thinkings in their schools – Netherlands)
- Sacha van Straten @svanstraten (Head of ICT, Computing & Digital Learning. MIE. MA in Computing Education – Windsor, England)
As of November 2018, the TweetMeet Team is proud to be joined by Anica Tričković. This educator from Serbia is well-known among Microsoft educators for coordinating the highly popular, multi-lingual SuperSway TweetMeet invitations that the hosts collaborate on every month. As a member on the TweetMeet Team, Anica will continue to collaborate with the hosts, guide them through their preparations for the event, and keep the resources up-to-date. You can follow Anica on Twitter @AnicaTrickovic.
What are #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?
Every month Microsoft Education organizes social events on Twitter targeted at educators globally. The hashtag we use is #MSFTEduChat. A team of topic specialists and international MIE Expert teachers prepare and host these TweetMeets together. Our team of educator hosts first crafts several questions around a certain topic. Then, before the event, they share these questions on social media. Combined with a range of resources, a blog post and background information about the events, this allows all participants to prepare themselves to the full. Afterwards we make an archive available of the most notable tweets and resources shared during the event.
Please connect with TweetMeet organizer Marjolein Hoekstra @OneNoteC on Twitter if you have any questions about TweetMeets or helping out as a host.
Next month’s topic: Best of 2018