Needless to say– but I will anyway– tonight's chat focused on Digital Leadership. I don't want to spoil the plot of Mr. Sheninger's book, so I'll let you glean from that masterwork what DL is. When I first read that Sheninger would be joining us, I was worried that he would just plug his book and move through the pages in hyper-condensed Twitter form. Boy, was I wrong. Sheninger, as he claims in his book, offered some insights while conversing with team/chat members. He LISTENED to what we had to say and didn't just tell us what to do. He offered words of praise and answered what he could. THAT is digital leadership. He participated in a PLN (Personal Learning Network); he didn't RUN it.
The chat was moderated (and founded) by Jared Wastler, Assistant Principal at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, MD, who asked pointed questions in a "how do you apply DL?" way. It was wonderful. We shared our ideas openly with each other and the man of the hour – a way too short hour. Mr. Wastler did a great job of bringing his own insights into the mix after asking questions. I loved the fact that his answers would appear in the #apchat search window after those of other tweeters. He considered his answers and the answers of others before dispatching his 140 characters.
Many of the conversations helped teachers and admin gain insights into building tech programs at their schools and in their communities. We discussed wifi networks, tech grants for schools and communities, how schools act as hubs for the community, and how to bring in partners to help build 1:1 programs. Each little conversation felt like a collection of friends and colleagues chatting at a gala event. I mean, I don't have much experience with gala events, but it felt like the scene in Batman: Dark Knight when Bruce Wayne schmoozes intellectually-but-warmly with guests in his chandelier-lit ballroom. I must say, it was nice to not have to wear a tux to #apchat.
To learn from the wonderful conversations we had tonight, check out the #APChat archive through Voxer. While you're there, you can also view archives of previous #apchats.
Update: Jeffrey Rothstein sent this to me during the chat: Lean on the Novices
Since Twitter and Weebly are awesome and play so nicely together, you can view new and previous #apchat convos below.