It is always refreshing when someone can poke fun at the things we, as educators, do and say. Today, it came via Twitter with the hashtag #pencilchat. You can see some of the fun here. And, I have to say that I have been laughing out loud reading the tweets coming through by twitter stream with #pencilchat. So, in case you missed it, yes, this is for fun and it is an allegory or metaphor or irony (depending on your persective) for the many issues we deal with – especially in the use of technology, online learning and education. So join in and laugh along!
Then across my Twitter feed came from: @JohnTSpencer “Do you know how crazy it is to start a chat and then watch one of my favorite former teachers on it? #howfun #pencilchat”. Yes, John was in my 8th grade Academic Block class many years ago in Clovis, Ca. I don’t recall his sense of humor and clever wit from his 8th grade year in the same way that is revealed in his blogposts, his tweets, and his books. Way to go John – you have become a master of the allegory (but I don’t think I taught that in 8th grade English, but I do remember you were a good writer)! It is fun to see an idea take off like this #pencilchat hash tag and it is good to laugh at and with ourselves! Now, following the tweets are the blogposts. John started it and Iowa Tranformed continued it and now there as entire blog dedicated to it.
Here are some of my favorite #pencilchat tweets!