infographic by the amazing @sjunkins
I am so thankful to the good people at Corwin Press for allowing me to attend the AERA14 conference. Since I am writing a book about Social Media and School Leadership, I have been on a quest to find research on the effectiveness/impact in the scholarly world. I’ve attended a few sessions that have enlightened me to the rigor of the research process required for participation at AERA. I remember my professors in Graduate School encouraging us to get involved with AERA and work on publishing our research. I can see why.
For most academics, this is a labor of love. Very often professors work collaboratively with their colleagues who are in different regions and different institutions. The research, which is required for advancement or continued employment, requires hours and hours data collection, analyzing, writing, rewriting, proposing, etc. Everything is grounded. No stones un-turned. Then, when the publication is approved, they get 15 minutes to share the stage with similar research proposals to willing participants. Did I mention that over 20,000 attend this conference?
Hanging with @drmandystewart at the Tweet Up
Throughout the conference I sent out a few tweets and participated in the #aera14 back channel. I was able to meet a bunch of professors who are using Social Media with their students. I have really expanded my PLN, and I tried to encourage others to expand theirs as well. I suggested some of the most prolific K-12 “connected” educators in hopes of bridging the gap. I even shared one of my favorite quotes about twitter PD from my good friend Jenny Grabiec. I look forward to another day of learning while at the conference, but more importantly, connecting with my new PLN whenever, wherever through twitter.
Here are some new members of my PLN – Be sure to include them in your PLN:
April Sanders – Professor at Spring Hill College in Alabama
Mandy Stewart – Professor at Texas Women’s University in Texas
Dan Krutka – Professor at Texas Women’s University in Texas and organizer of the Tweet Up!
Vincent Cho – Professor at Boston College in Massachusetts
Greg McVerry – Professor at Southern Connecticut State in Connecticut
Erich Pitcher – PhD. student at Michigan State University
Jeff Carpenter – Professor at Elon University in North Carolina- Currently researching 21st Century Teaching and Learning