Adding value to a conference session via tweeting

colorado convention center, denver
Colorado convention center, Denver

I contend that tweeting from conference sessions adds value to any presentation or panel by bringing others into the conversation and by creating an online record for future reference.

I have been tweeting from the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) here in Denver. Today in particular I was gratified not only by the number of retweets but also by the number of original replies and added information.  After the session I told the organizers that the presentations were reaching more people than those who happened to be in the room.  They were delighted.

The session was titled “Barriers to equilibrium: Research supply and demand” and was organized by the AERA Research Use Special Interest Group. The audience consisted of researchers, practitioners, and communicators.

We used the hashtag #AERA and some of us were using the Tweetchat room  www.tweetchat.com/room/aera

I reproduce below my 18 tweets from the session and then the 19 retweets and comments that those tweets received in real time and afterward. Notice that some tweets were retweeted 3 times, greatly expanding their reach to all followers of each person tweeting.

First my tweets, then the responses.

How when & why teachers use research: 31.065 Learning Point Assocs. #Aera

http://www.curee.co.uk/ #Aera

How to empower Ts who access & use research? #Aera

What are some possibilities for engaging practitioners in data gathering? Some already do, and feel overwhelmed. #Aera

Research supporting practice in education www.oise.utoronto.ca/rspe #Aera

Knowledge brokers operate in the ‘white space’ of the broader ed system #Aera

Important to have a skilled facilitator, coach, cheerleader, who can span boundaries bet. worlds of practice & resch #Aera

In BC (Canada) professional learning communities are suspect & considered a threat to T autonomy. #Aera

Practitioners need help implementing research. Govt (in BC) not a trusted source of info. #Aera

Practitioners either still unaware of relevant resch or lack time to find and use it. #Aera

Best way to facilitate resch use: time for practitioners to collaborate w colleagues. #Aera

Scholarly reward system does not emphasize dissem to practitioners. Need for more open access. #Aera

Schools & districts shd create a library of ed resch. Ts will use resch under the right conditions. #Aera

Districts shd filter high quality for Ts, give structured time for using resch, #Aera

Teacher prep programs shd bring researchers and preservice Ts together, encourage Ts’ use of resch on the job. #Aera

Be clear abt context of study & applicability to other settings #Aera

Researchers shd promote work, use synopses, show applicability, give illustrations, write in accessible manner. #Aera

Barriers to Ts using resch: lack of time, articles overwhelming, controlled rsch settings not ‘real life’, may lack practical examples #Aera

Retweets and comments

Bonita DeAmicis bonitadee  @DrGarcia @doug_holton @pabaker55 Ed pract. tired of research promoted by $$-makers, too. Question bias in purpose + feels slimy. #aera

Doug Holton doug_holton @bonitadee @pabaker55 teachers value ideas that make sense-unfortunately sometimes they are not research based #aera

Greg McVerry jgmac1106  @bonitadee @pabaker55 #aera yes I hear it all the time from teachers “show me one study that says x and I will find one that says opposite.”

Bonita DeAmicis bonitadee  @pabaker55 + Ed practitioners don’t value research. They hear contradiction from yr to yr. Need ways to weed out junk quickly. #aera

Bonita DeAmicis bonitadee @pabaker55 + Ed practitioners don’t value research. They hear contradiction from yr to yr. Need ways to weed out junk quickly.

Bonita DeAmicis bonitadee  RT @jgmac1106: @pabaker55  I think any grant funded by IES should have to be published in open access journals.

Greg McVerry jgmac1106 @pabaker55 #Aera I think any grant funded by IES should have to be published in open access journals.

Rey Junco reyjunco  @jerridkruse @pabaker55 Thats why it’s incumbent on ed researchers to translate some of their findings to practice

Seann Dikkers sdikkers  @pabaker55 http://bit.ly/cbkQHo #Aera

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse   @pabaker55 web 2.0 provides opportunity to connect research to practice. Ie: http://researchtopractice.wordpress.com

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse  @pabaker55 that is not a dig against teachers, but against researchers who have lost sight of the goal #AERA

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse  @pabaker55 in many ways research has become so esoteric, that practitioners can’t make use of it #AERA

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse  @pabaker55 I don’t think is enough. Need to change higher ed expectations. Part of tenure should be demonstrates work with real schools.

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse   @pabaker55 because of “publish or perish” philosophy, education researchers can only pay lip service to affecting real classrooms #AERA

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse  @pabaker55 do we really wonder why there is disconnect b/w research & practice? Higher ed doesn’t value connecting the two. #AERA

Jerrid Kruse jerridkruse  YES!!! RT: Scholarly reward system does not emphasize dissem to practitioners. Need for more open access. #Aera /via @pabaker55

Jonathan Becker jonbecker @pabaker55 a-freakin-men. #AERA

Greg McVerry jgmac1106  @pabaker55 there are many barriers to schools accessing research. Cost and bad writing high list. #Aera

Dr. David D. Timony DrTimony YES! RT @pabaker55: Teacher prep programs shd bring researchers and preservice Ts together, encourage Ts’ use of resch on the job. #Aera

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