The Power of Connections

Jason Graham (@jasongraham) and I were giving an unconference at Learning 2.012 in Beijing about the power of “Twitter Chats” and in particular #kinderchat. I was talking about how increadibly meaningful and relevant chats can be and I just wasn’t doing a good job of articulating myself. He suggested we watch a video made by Michelle Hiebert (@MauiMickey) in which she talks about being a part of the #kinderchat chat group and what this has meant to her.

She had just made the video so I had never seen it before. I have to say I was completely blown away by here testimonial! If I would have known how incredibly articulate Michelle was in her explanation I would have just put her video up first thing!

I know making that video took a lot of guts and I just want to say a huge “Thank You” to Michelle for being so brave. I also want to say a big “Thank You” to Jason for offering to talk about #kinderchat with me.

Hats off to you guys!

About Benjamin J Sheridan

Instructional designer at the University of Kentucky.
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10 Responses to The Power of Connections

  1. Jean Hino says:

    The video is amazing and a great reminder to me to check on Twitter and to be involved in more chats. I was involved in #d5chats last year and have made one of them this fall but it just seems difficult at times to keep up. I know that being involved on Twitter is a great way to have professional development and to develop new and meaningful relationships with other educators. Thank you for sharing the video!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment Jean. I can totally relate to the feeling that it’s hard to keep up. I just try to do what I can when I can. Luckily I have an amazing group of educators to lean on and Twitter is definitely one place I go for support. It’s really amazed me how many people that I first met on Twitter who I then met face to face are now just people I consider my friends.

  2. Thank you for sharing my video, Ben (and Jay). As much as I hate seeing myself on video (what’s with the goofy thumbnail?…there wasn’t a better one!) I love sharing how #kinderchat has enriched my professional life and you two are a big part of that. 🙂

  3. Heidi Echternacht says:


    • Heidi, this could have never happened without your ingenuity, dedication, and hard work in creating #kinderchat. It must be so gratifying seeing this and knowing you had an integral part in making it happen. I think everyone would join me in saying “Thanks!!” to you and the rest of the dedicated #kinderchat crew.

      • Heidi Echternacht says:

        omgosh! I just saw your comment and I am tearing up!!! <3 Thank you Ben!! Words like this are the best fuel in the world!

  4. Jason Graham says:

    Pleasure is all mine! Lets do it again some time.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I was at the presentation and was very impressed, I immediately signed up to kinderchat and I also have a Twitter account. Thanks you so much Ben and Jason, I am still talking about the conference.

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