December 28, 2013 by Brad Currie
2013 was a phenomenal year for our entire #Satchat family. The vibrant and engaging topic discussions were a true inspiration for all involved. Scott Rocco, Billy Krakower, and I are extremely honored to host such a lively chat every Saturday morning at 7:30 EST. The global conversation expanded this past year with the addition of #SatchatOC (Oceania) hosted by Andrea Stringer, Jay Graham, and Holly Fairbrother. #Satchatwc (West Coast) continued its strong presence and intriguing topic discussions on issues that matter most in education. Many thanks to Shelley Burgess, David Culberhouse, and Darin Jolly for their inspirational work every Saturday morning at 7:30 PST. Who knows, maybe in the near future #Satchat will pop up in parts of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Many wonderful opportunities presented itself to #Satchat in 2013. Streaming-live sessions were held at Educon 2.5, NASSP Ignite ’13, The Edscape Conference, and EdCampNJ. We are very grateful for the guests who sat on the set and shared their expertise with the world. They included Tom Whitby, Jeff Bradbury, Leslie Esneault, Carrie Jackson, Jimmy Casas, Eric Sheninger, Steven Anderson, Shelly Terrell, George Couros, Sharon Plante, Joe Sanfelippo, Daisy Dyer Duerr, Jay Eitner, and Tony Sinanis. Please make sure to let us know if your conference or event would like to infuse a live-streaming #Satchat session. We are excited for the opportunities to collaborate and connect in 2014.
Close to 115 #Satchat, #Satchatwc #Satchatoc Twitter discussions took place in 2013 with over 40,000 unique tweets and thousands of participants. Make sure to visit our webpage or Pinterest Board for archived discussions and resources. Topics ranged from Teaching Like a Pirate to Leading Rigorous Schools to Educational Apps. The sole purpose of having these weekly conversations were to share best practices which in turn trickled down to classrooms and impacted student success. Thank you to Dave Burgess, Pam Moran, Barbara Blackburn, Chip Dumais, Bill Sterrett, Todd Whitaker, Sharon Plante, Ira Socol, TodaysMeet, Bill Schlacht, Principal El, Jerry Blumengarten, Dan Scibienski, Starr Sackstein, Tony Sinanis, Monica Burns, Daisy Dyer Duerr, and John Falino for taking time out of their busy weekends and guest moderating #Satchat, #Satchatwc, and #Satchatec. 2014 looks bright in terms of guest moderators as Dave Burgess, Eric Sheninger, Peter DeWitt, Jimmy Casas, Angela Maiers, Sean Junkins, and many others will share their wonderful insight.
There is no doubt that the future is bright for #Satchat as the wealth of knowledge and sharing will grow. The true definition of a Personal Learning Network is to share, collaborate, connect, and improve. A great big “thank you” is extended to all who participated this past year. We have all become better educators and people because of Twitter. The friendships established online and in person are truly remarkable. Excited opportunities await #Satchat in 2014 including an online store, additions to the #Satchat family, and #Satchat Radio to name a few. Make sure to like our Facebook page and join our Google+ Community. Please take a few moments to fill out this brief survey on how we can improve the #Satchat experience. Here is to a happy and healthy New Year!