So you’re coming to Minneapolis and it’s your first NSTA conference! Where do you start? Can you do anything prior to the conference to get ready and hit the road running? I have the answers to these questions, and I invite you to ask me anything else you want to know about the conference. On Tuesday, October 18, from 8:30 to 9:00 pm ET, I’ll be hosting a special Twitter Chat (#NSTAchat) to talk about the what, why, and how of attending an NSTA conference. This is your chance to chat with NSTA leadership, veteran NSTA conference attendees, to find out what works and what’s most likely to make your participation a success.
In case you miss this Twitter chat, you can always attend the First Timers’ session on October 27, from 8:00 am – 9:00 am, in the Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis B/C. I will be leading the session with tips, shortcuts, and suggestions to make your conference experience one you will not forget.
So join us to learn tips and strategies to make your conference experience positive on October 18 at 8:30 pm ET. Learn more about the Minneapolis conference here.
New to Twitter? Here’s a quick overview on how to participate in a Twitter Chat.
5-10 minutes before the tweetchat begins:
- Log-in to Twitter at twitter.com. If you do not have an account, click the “Sign-Up” button in the top, right corner and create a profile.
- Once logged in, open a new window in your browser and visit Tweetdeck. (We recommend you use the TweetDeck application to actually view and participate in the chat.
- Once logged in to TweetDeck, enter #NSTAchat in the search field at the top-left (click on the little magnifying glass).
- Tweets using the hashtag will appear in reverse order in the next window.
- To enter a tweet, enter your comment in the “Message to #nstachat” field and click Update
- Click to retweet a poster’s tweet or reply to a tweet.
- Introduce yourself, and say hello to your fellow chatters.
- Try to restrict your tweets to well under the number of characters you are allotted on Twitter (this will make it easier for others to retweet your message).
- Most importantly, please share any insight you have! This is an interactive experience!
Dr. Carolyn Hayes is the retiring president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She began serving her one-year term on June 1, 2016. Dr. Hayes is a retired high school biology teacher from Greenwood, Indiana. Hayes earned a B.S. degree in biology from Indiana University in 1973, a M.S. degree in secondary education from Indiana University in 1976, and an Ed.D. in secondary education and biology from Indiana University in 2005.
The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
2016 Area Conferences
- Los Angeles, California: March 30–April 2, 2017
- Atlanta, Georgia: March 15–18, 2018
- St. Louis, Missouri: April 11–14, 2019
- Boston, Massachusetts: March 26–29, 2020
- Chicago, Illinois: April 8–11, 2021