Wanted: #PEChat Moderators
by Joey Feith
#PEChat, the worldwide, weekly Twitter chat on Physical Education-related topics, has been a lot of fun so far. With so many different people joining in the chat every week, there is never a lack of opportunities for professional development and networking.
When I started #pechat, the idea was to maintain a 24 hour long discussion on a topic that had been voted in by the members of our great #physed network. To do this, we would assign moderators for various time zones (New Zealand Standard Time, Eastern Standard Time, British Standard Time, Eastern Daylight Time, and Pacific Daylight Time) who would moderate the chat from 7PM to 8PM in their respective time zone.
For the first few chats, this system worked out beautifully. However, now that the school year has begun and everyone seems very busy (this guy included!), there seems to be a lack of volunteers to moderate the different sections of #pechat.
I’ve asked on Twitter a few times if anyone was willing to step up to the plate and be a #pechat moderator. A few people stated that they were interested, but wanted more details. So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know to be a #pechat moderator:
- You don’t need to be an expert to be a #pechat moderator. #PEChat is a chat for Physical Education professionals, by Physical Education professionals. Anyone who works in the fields of Physical Education, Recreation, and/or Coaching is welcome to give #pechat moderation a shot.
- Just because you host one #pechat doesn’t mean you need to host all of them. We all have busy schedules. Sometimes hosting a section of #pechat works, other times it doesn’t. I’ll always check to see if you’re available to host, but you are in no way expected to be. So don’t feel bad if you have to miss a week.
- Hosting #pechat is fun and easy. As a #pechat moderator, you’ll get to connect with several other professionals and engage in awesome professional discussion with them. Moderating #pechat does not require much work:
- I send you the topic the day before (on Sunday)
- You can spend some time reflecting on it and preparing a few questions (five seems to be the magic number)
- At 7PM in the time zone you are moderating, you begin the discussion by announcing the topic, sharing some personal thoughts/experiences with that topic, and asking your first question (make sure to include the #pechat hashtag in your tweets!)
- You then follow the discussion by searching #pechat on Twitter and respond and/or retweet any interesting tweets you find there
- Your goal as a #pechat moderator in to maintain the discussion and facilitate it by having others share their own thoughts/experiences on the topic
- With about 10 minutes left to your moderation (so at 7:50PM), you begin the close out the discussion by sharing/asking for final thoughts.
- That’s it!
Stepping up as a #pechat moderator will not only help #pechat grow and develop into a legitimate tool for professional discussion, it is also a great way to help expand your own professional network.
If you have any other questions about moderating #pechat, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
If you are interested in being a #pechat moderator, click the button below to let me know!
#PEChat is still in its early stages and has a lot of growing to do. That being said, I can’t to see how it develops and who helps get it there.
Thank you all in advance for stepping up! Add don’t forget to vote for the next #pechat topic!
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