In the world of Twitter we use 140 characters to tell wonderful and informative stories. And, in the world of NSTA, stories about excellence and innovations in science teaching are abounding. When joining the two worlds we make #NSTAchat—an answer to those who utilize social media to inform them about science teaching stories.
#NSTAchat began as a means to introduce “first timers” to NSTA area and national conferences. It has grown to be a bi-monthly chat to not only learn about upcoming conferences but also to meet NSTA leadership, NSTA Press authors, NSTA award winners, and committees that are working to make science teaching better. #NSTAchat enables “tweeters” to ask questions of those featured as well as provide resources found within the NSTA website.
Stories and resources from NSTA are featured every second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 PM ET to enrich the teaching of science. #NSTAchat is one way to support the NSTA mission of promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching. “Tweeters” to the #NSTAchat not only learn about NSTA but they also build a network of science educators who are also striving to enrich the lives of their students.
Just as those who attend NSTA conferences can participate at different levels, #NSTAchat “tweeters” participate at different levels. Tweeters can actively engage the guests through questions,“retweet” new knowledge to their followers or just follow along the Tweet thread. The ultimate goal of #NSTAchat is to inform science educators about NSTA, it’s role in science education, and current issues in science education.
So why should one participate in #NSTAchat? #NSTAchat provides a direct link to what is happening in NSTA and the science education community. It provides resources and contacts that “tweeters” can utilize. It also supports those teachers who may teach in remote areas and do not have other science colleagues to consult. So join us the second and fourth Thursday of every month and be part of #NSTAchat.
Dr. Carolyn Hayes is a retired NSTA president (2015-2016). 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. Follow Carolyn on Twitter @caahayes.
The mission of NSTA is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.