I just finished (or maybe a better word is survived) my first Twitter Chat with #CTEChat (Career/Tech). The last question posed was to provide one word on our experience and mine summed it all up nicely: enlightening. To be honest, it was an intimidating process. All of the other participants were very kind and supportive, but as a first timer, it is daunting. During the experience, I was constantly thinking about what to say, what to comment or how to answer a question. I think my hesitation came from my lack of knowledge on chats. I felt like I needed to always say something important and interesting to relate and have conversations with these people who are more experience than me. I think Twitter Chats are meant to be worked on. Talking to strangers about on-the-spot questions is scary, but once you ease yourself into it and practice it, I'm sure it will be more comfortable. In general, Twitter is still somewhat of a mystery to me so I am slowly moving through it and figuring things out.
Although, I found Twitter Deck to be quite helpful, it still was a crazy experience with columns constantly moving and changing with new updated tweets - that will take some getting used to!
It was very cool to hear what another educators from around the world had to say. It was nice to get some new ideas and new knowledge. One of the participants introduced me to Wakelet. I have not had very much time to roam around in it, but so far it looks pretty useful and interesting. It is a way of creating a collection of pretty much whatever you want: articles, videos, tweets, etc. Anyways, I'm still trying to figure it all out, but so far it looks like a great resource.
My number one take-away from this experience is that sometimes it is okay to not have an answer or to simply say "I do not know". It seems like an embarrassing statement to make, but I find that the other participants want to help you understand or gain knowledge in any way they can (well what do you expect when they are mostly all educators!). It is okay to not know what to say and instead just read the other responses or comment - you do not always have to have a response or an opinion as sometimes you just need more time or information to fully wrap your brain around it.