My session at the Twitter Math Camp conference was on designing a website for newbies who may have heard about the use of twitter and blogs for math teachers, and are intrigued enough to find out more. The website was supposed to have twin purposes:
- To convince those who are on the fence to try out twittering, reading blogs, or writing blogs.
- To make the entrance to our online community easier, with instructions and advice.
Lots and lots and lots of great ideas came up at the session… and then when I got home, I spent a day and a half creating a simple website, with the help of a lot of people, including @jacehan and @JamiDanielle, who worked on one of the most important pages of the site. Props to them!
Personally, I can see this site being used in a couple of different ways. If there’s a newbie who is interested, we can give ‘em the site to help them get started. But also, if you are ever asked to give a talk about the math twitter blogosphere or how this community can be useful, this could be one of the resources for your talk!
Before you go off running to the site, I have one last important thing to say. There is a list of blogs and twitterers on the site, divided up by various categories. These are not comprehensive, nor were they meant to be! The point of the site is to make joining up easier, and providing lists of 30 blogs that deal with Algebra I or 45 twitterers who teach middle school math is totally overwhelming. So if you’re on the lists and wrongly categorized, just let me know in the comments to this post! And if you’re not on the lists and want to me, throw your info in the comments below (including what lists you think you belong in) and I’ll see about adding you. (But no promises.)
With that said, without further ado:
PS. I’m not looking for advice on how to expand the site, or ideas for changes to the site, right now. I’m feeling a little burnt out. So if there are broken links or misspellings or something that is totally unclear, throw those in the comments most definitely! But otherwise, I’m going to wait a while before changing things…