At 5pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2015, Axcis are pleased to be participating in a live Twitter chat with our partners at the National Autistic Society. The conversation is to be focussed on advice for those wishing to transition from working in mainstream to special needs schools, but with plenty of other special needs recruitment advice thrown in! We’d love to hear your questions and comments so feel free to join the chat.
We are thrilled to announce that Ruth Newman, branch manager for our newly opened Essex office will be live online answering your questions and offering hints and tips. Here is a bit about her:
Ruth has worked for over 10 years in special needs recruitment, providing all levels of staff in special schools, provisions and SEND within mainstream. Prior to this she taught for 7 years in special needs schools, pupil referral units and mainstream learning support departments, putting her in a unique position to understand your individual needs. Ruth prides herself in providing appropriate and effective staff who are the right match for the students in their care. She believes that all students require very specific staff for their learning needs and Ruth selects those who can offer a safe and stimulating learning environment for students to excel. She fully understands that all SEND requirements are different and aims to recruit for your setting specifically.
How to get involved in the Web Chat
#movingintoSEND will be the hashtag used for those who have joined in with these before and understand how they work. If this if your first Twitter chat, read on for guidance on how to join in.
Sign up for a free Twitter account – First of all you need to be a member on Twitter. If you’re not already, it is simple and free to join. Fill out your profile, add a picture and follow at least the leader of the Twitter chat you want to participate in (and Axcis of course!) Be sure to follow the chat hosts, guests and browse the posts on previous chats to see who else may interest you.
How to listen – You can simply click on the hashtag on a tweet to see all of the recent tweets around that hashtag. If you try to follow the chat from your own timeline on the Twitter web site you can, but if it’s a big chat you can quickly lose the thread of the conversation. Fortunately there are a number of sites that allow you to follow the chat only and participate more easily.
You can also follow a hashtag in your Twitter client like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. Just set up a search for the hashtag and all of the tweets with that hashtag should show up in the search results. These apps range in difficulty and also in update speed. I suggest you pick one of these options, drop in a hashtag for an upcoming event and see if it works for you.
How it works
- When someone organizes a Twitter chat they choose a hashtag related to the event and a time to hold the chat.
- They let as many people as possible know about it and ask them to spread the word.
- Often they will assign a moderator to welcome participants, ask questions and generally keep the conversation on track.
- If there is a guest answering questions they may be posed by the moderator or the participants.
- When you join the chat, spend a moment to scan the tweets around the tag. Who is talking? If there is a host or a featured guest what questions have been posted? What is the theme of the chat?
- Feel free to share tweets from within the chat with your network, perhaps by re-tweeting or with comments, but don’t forget to use the hashtag so people can follow along
- Re-tweeting the posts of another user in the chat is a common way to support statements from other tweeters and share them with your own networks
- If you ask a question or respond to someone in the chat, use the hashtag so everyone can be in on the conversation
- It’s OK to greet your friends who are participating in the chat with a quick mention, but don’t use the hashtag unless it’s on-topic
- If you have enough space in the tweet to share their post and comment too – great, but if there isn’t you can re-tweet their comment intact and then @mentionthem with your feedback and be sure to use the hashtag
- It’s acceptable to send a private tweet to someone if it is off the topic of the chat, but try to do it outside of the hashtag so it doesn’t end up in the archive of the chat
- If you ask a guest to moderator a question, please stay on topic
- You might want to let people know you’ll be participating in a chat in advance. This is a nice way to support the host and let your network know you may be a bit noisy during that time.
Twitter chats can be a fun way to talk about a topic, meet some people interested in the same thing as you are, grow your own network and have some fun. Give it a try!