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Mr. Ahrens teaches band & choir at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA.


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Twitter PLN

Confused about the use of Twitter as a collaborative tool for educators? Watch this short slide presentation by Katie Wardrobe (Twitter @katiesw1), a music educator from Melbourne, Australia.  Katie does a great job of encapsulating the strength and simplicity of Twitter as a professional development tool.

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Need to get involved with a Twitter PLN?

Read more of my thoughts about the use of Twitter as a professional tool in this post.

Here’s a list of groups and times. To participate, use there are some great Twitter interfaces to help you keep up.  My favorite is TweetGrid – you can have multiple columns scrolling all the time.  One for the #hashtag you are following (i.e. #MusEdChat), one searching for your own user name (to remember what you said and what others say to you), and I have a third column to follow the discussion moderator.  You can customize how you like.  Other popular interfaces are: Tweetdeck, HootsuiteTweetChat, & Seesmic.


  • #ssChat  Social Studies  3-4PM (All times Pacific [US])
  • #engChat  English  4-5PM
  • #MusEdChat   Music Education  5-6PM  [Poll/Transcripts] [Music PLN] [Facebook]
  • #hsc  Home School Chat  5-7PM 2nd Monday of the Month
  • #ellChat  English Language Learners  6-7PM  [Facebook]



  • #smChat  Social Media Discussion  10-11:30AM
  • #Web20Chat  Web 2.0 Tools  3-4PM
  • #DistEd  Distance Education  4-5PM
  • #ntChat  New Teacher Chat  4-5PM
  • #ptChat  Parent-Teacher Chat  6-7PM


  • #innoChat  Talk about Innovation  9-10AM
  • #elemChat  Elementary Education  2-3PM  [Wiki]
  • #artsEd  Arts Education  4-5PM  [Topics/Blog][Transcripts]
  • #mathChat  Mathematics  4:30-5:30PM  [Wiki]


  • #gtChat  Gifted & Talented  4-5PM  [Article]


  • #blogChat  Blogs & Best Practices 6-7PM

Have a Great Time Collaborating & Learning!