by Michele Corbat
Remember what it was like when we were kids in the days leading up to Christmas morning? I kept a paper chain in my room to count down the days and removed a link each morning. It seemed like it would NEVER get here. Forget about sleeping through the night on Christmas Eve. My mind would not shut down because I knew that the next day would be wonderful.
Today was like Christmas morning for me. It was the day that #COLchat launched. I didn't keep a paper chain, but I was wide awake last night thinking about it. Sleeping was just not possible. Too many questions were running through my mind. I was afraid of failure.
Will people really join and participate?
Are the questions going to elicit good 'conversation'?
What if my technology crashes?
#COLchat has been in the works for about a month. It started with a Twitter conversation I had with Rodney Hetherton and Adam Hartley. Here's a portion:
.@RodneyHetherton @adamhartley2013 Why not weekly #COL (Culture of Learning) chats all summer?!?!? We can be the moderators. You in?
— Michele Corbat (@MicheleCorbat) May 26, 2013
@MicheleCorbat @adamhartley2013 I should participate in a chat before I moderate one, don't ya think? But as always, count me in.
— Rodney Hetherton (@RodneyHetherton) May 26, 2013
Shortly after this conversation, the work began. We created a Google Doc to map out possible topics and questions for each chat. Revisions to the questions were happening even this morning. We were worried that only a handful of people would join and we had only planned on five questions. A question tweeted every 12 minutes, would that be too much time in between questions? More questions were added.
As it turned out, the first chat was a great success. Not only did people join, but #COLchat was trending in the number one spot on Twitter. My PLN was rocking! Educators were sharing components of a COL and explaining how to create one. My twitter feed was on fire. I was favoriting and retweeting thoughts from smart people. I felt like I did as child on Christmas morning, busting open gifts and anxiously awaiting the next present. Because that is exactly what each person did for me. Gave me a gift. A gift of knowledge to deepen my understanding of a culture of learning. And I LOVE learning. I am addicted to it.
Thank you PLN. Thank you for sharing with me every day. Thank you for keeping me enthused and motivated to learn more. I have so much to learn. I would like to especially thank Rod and Adam. Thank you for taking an idea and turning it into a reality. And thank you for tweeting for me when I ended up in Twitter jail.
I am looking forward to the next #COLchat and the next one after that. I hope the momentum continues. There are sure to be glitches and we will work them out. We will learn from our failures. For now, I will reflect on a successful chat! Oh, and if you weren't able to join, then please check out the archive here.