My Story: New Teacher Chat

Lisa Dabbs moderates the weekly #ntchat for new teachers on Twitter. The New Teacher Chat wiki is an archive of those conversations — and a valuable resource for new teachers. We asked her to tell us about it:

As an Educational Consultant and former school Principal, I’m passionate about the need to mentor and support new teachers. In early 2009, as a consultant I became very involved in the use of Social Media to support educational reform. So I created my Twitter handle and joined the stream!

I observed the chats for educators on Twitter and began to participate in #edchat. I observed that at the end of the chat the tweets were “archived” in a collaborative workspace to keep the tweets for all to review.

After participating in many #edchats, I discovered that there wasn’t a chat to support new teachers. I was shocked, but after 4 months of preparation, on Wed May 5th 2010, I launched the New Teacher Chat on Twitter. I’m the creator and moderator of the chat and hashtag #ntchat. The chat was met with great excitement!

As #ntchat developed, I knew that I wanted to archive the tweets to provide opportunity for reflection on the conversations and resources shared. After looking at several applications, I choose Wikispaces, and I’m glad I did!

In creating the New Teacher Chat Wiki, as a novice Wikispaces user, I took the time to watch the helpful videos and interact with other wikis used for educational collaboration. It took me 5 hours to design the wikispace for New Teacher Chat! It was a labor of love and worth the time and effort. I particularly loved that I could customize it to reflect my enthusiasm for #ntchat. I love that I can not only archive the chat, but also add supportive resources, links and videos in pages and navigation bar. Recently I added a Voki!

I’m excited to see how my New Teacher Chat Wiki develops. I plan to continue to add links and resources in the coming months as #ntchat grows. I’m even hoping to get sponsorship to move my Wiki to the next level!

Thanks Wikispaces team for your support and great product!

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  1. Posted February 8, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    I liked how you added voice to your wikki, but could you share more about how you got the html code to embed it in the wikki? I’m trying to figure out how to put music or sound files, but can’t figure out how to get it into the wikki.


  2. dbmesa
    Posted February 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Your enthusiasm for social learning via wikispaces is almost intoxicating. It encourages me to reach out through this medium. Thanks for sharing your story. D.B. Mesa

  3. Frederick Eberhardt
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Lisa Dabbs: You are the future of education. How clever to use social media for educational purposes!

    Thanks again, Frederick Eberhardt

  4. Donna Clark
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I am doing my last practicum for UNBC in Terrace and I will soon be a new teacher too! Glad to find some support on line. Look forward to sharing with in the future!

  5. Shelia Nedoma
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I am interested in doing the same thing to support lateral entry teachers. I was glad to see your input. I love the idea of this resource. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Burke
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I think this is wonderful! I look forward to chatting with other teachers to share ideas! I would like to suggest a discussion on professional learning committees. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience with this topic?

  7. greta52
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    I have taught for eight years now, but the negative and the positive of teaching is that it is always new. There is so much to learn.

  8. Burke
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    We are trying to develop a Professional Learning Commity. Do any of you have any experience with this? If so please share!

  9. Posted April 3, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I am grade 1 teacher, its fantastic to teach them, but as a teacher I have a problem with learning disabilities for kids they have a problem to develop and less motivation.

    Can any one help me to solved ??? Thank You :)

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