The Center for Global Curriculum Studies of Seattle Pacific University announces its Fifth Biennial Symposium: Educational Innovations in Countries around the World. The Symposium will be held on the campus of Seattle Pacific University and on Whidbey Island, located near Seattle on the Puget Sound. The dates of the Symposium are 1-3 July, 2013. Interested individuals are invited to submit proposals in the form of an abstract of 100-200 words in any of the following categories:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- K-12 Education
- Higher Education
- Educational Policy
- Educational Administration
- Comparative Education
- Global Education
- Educational Technology
- Distance Learning
Abstracts should be submitted electronically and are due no later than March 15, 2013. Submissions should be sent to:
Arthur K. Ellis, Director
Center for Global Curriculum Studies
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle Pacific University is located on Queen Anne Hill in the City of Seattle, Washington. Access to downtown with it world-famous Pike Place Market and other waterfront attractions is readily available through convenient bus service. Participants are invited to stay either at dormitory accommodations on campus or at any of a number of nearby hotels. Conference registration is $350, which includes dormitory accommodation and most meals. A cultural program is planned which includes a day trip by ferry to Whidbey Island with its pioneer settlements and beautiful ocean beaches.
After attended several conferences this year where tweeting was not only allowed but encouraged, I thought that it might be helpful to develop some “twips” for tweeting at a conference. More than anything, this list was created to help me reflect on how I can be a more productive member of the community at this year’s MERLOT International Conference in San Jose.
- Be courteous to those sitting around you. Even at a technology conference, there are attendees who are distracted by the use of laptops and smart phones.
- Send only one or two Updates from a session. Share a twugget not a twanscript.
- Use Updates to ask any questions you have about a session topic or the conference in general. There are no quotos on inquiry-based Updates.
- Answer other participants questions using @username in Replies so the person asking a question can see the response under Mentions or @username.
- Include URLs to important content shared by presenters in your Updates. Be sure to use a URL shortening application (e.g. http:// tinyurl.com) to reduce the total number of characters.
- Include the conference hash tag, (e.g. #MIC09) on all conference-relate Updates to help others find and organize content for their Personal Learning Networks.
- Retweet (RT) valuable Updates from other participants letting the Twitterverse know that an important idea has been shared.
- Write concise updates. It’s hard to ReTweet Updates that use all or most of the 140-character limit.
- Avoid writing cryptic Updates. Texting is for kids.
- Golden Twip: Tweet only what is appropriate to stand and say during a conference session. A critique of a presenter’s delivery skills (e.g. “David Wicks is just reading his slides. Boring!”) should be saved for the official session evaluation form.
Do you have any recommendations on changes that should be made to this list? I will be sharing it as part of pre-conference webinar, How to Twitter about the MERLOT International Conference.
Happy tweeting at your next conference!