Alt Chat Wednesday: Driving Engagement with Social Media

By: Eden Hensley; Photo by Kelly Smith

Comments on blogs are rare. Nowadays engagement happens on social media. Plans are made. Ideas are germinated. Dream teams are introduced and formed. But none of this happens without your guidance. Conversations and collaborations that appear effortless, natural require practice, trial and error until you find your voice and your pace.

Let’s Chat

Join the Alt community this Wednesday morning (tomorrow) May 8th at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Twitter for an hour-long chat about hooking the interest of an audience and enticing them to engage. We want to hear how you’re building a community and getting them to comment, to share your work, and more.

We also want to know how educators are innovating with social media. Educators face challenges creatives and social media influencers can learn from: audiences with short attention spans, audiences with priorities different from our own, privacy concerns, and more. We can’t wait to hear about what you’re doing with social media.

Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Visit this previous post for a few pointers on how to join a Twitter Chat.

Spotlight Innovative Educators

This week we’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and asking you to recognize innovative educators. From May 6, 2015 9AM PDT/12PM EDT through May 8, 2015 5PM PDT/8PM EDT take to Twitter to spotlight an educator or education program using social media in innovative ways in the classroom. Click here for full details.

Increase Chances of Winning

Want additional chances to win $500 for an educator who uses social media in their classroom and a ticket to our Alt Summer conference? Here are the details:

  1. Participate in #AltChat tomorrow Wednesday May 6th between 9AM PDT/12PM EDT and 10AM PDT/1PM EDT.
  2. Tweet answers to the two questions (Q3 and Q5) relating to how teachers are using social media and engaging students in the classroom.
  3. Identify which question you’re answering by starting your tweet with A3 or A5.
  4. Include both the #AltChat and #TeacherDesignED hashtags.

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the Alter Your World by Recognizing Innovative Teachers contest.

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.