First time for everything
A couple of weeks ago I took part in ukedchat properly for the first time and Amanda, over at Flying Start Education, suggested I knock up a little post about my experience of it. For those of you that don’t know what ukedchat is, I’m not going to explain it to you! Ian Addison does a fine job of that here without me repeating it. So here’s what I made of it all…
- It moves at a fast pace! After no time at all, I found myself embroiled in multiple conversations with various tweeters, layered inbetween others’ banter. Whew. A lot of people tend to get involved and the tweets flow quickly so try to eliminate possible distractions around you. Granted, you probably don’t want to ignore your children but you can switch off the TV. I like to consider myself a bit of a multi-tasker type but I couldn’t watch TV and follow ukedchat properly – when I tried, I kept forgetting to add the #ukedchat hash tag to my posts which defeated the object slightly!
- Contribute! It sounds so obvious but it’s true. Prior to joining in with my first ukedchat, I’d observed a few in passing and it just wasn’t as meaningful. Plus by contributing, I got into conversations with other tweeters that I hadn’t before and so grew my PLN. Even if you’re concerned that you might not have much to share, you can almost always comment on what someone else has said and thanks to the excellent job @dughall did as host, I felt like all contributions were appreciated. Totally cheesy but ukedchat really is about the taking part, which leads me on to…
- Get voting! Each week, there’s poll where you can vote for what you think should be the focus of that week’s discussion. It’s good to have an idea about the what the discussion topic is going to be before you dive in. I have to admit I didn’t so I’ll rectify this next time.
- Re-read! Life isn’t always going to allow us to be free between 8.00–9.00pm every Thursday so if you miss out, there is an archive of previous ukedchats. My first one is here. It was quite nice to re-read over it at a slower pace after actually. Easy to miss a gem!
UKedchat: it moves at quite a speed, is potentially confusing if you take your eye off the ball, but totally worth taking part in! It gave me new ideas and an opportunity to reflect on things I hadn’t before. See you at the next one.