Each week #EdTechAfterDark is shining the light on another awesome Tweep! This week we have none other than the moderator of the great #bmoreedchat Mr. Justin Holbrook! Justin is a champion of the bow-tie, and loves to share his affinity for it on twitter!
EDAT: Tell us about yourself, Name, District/Occupation, Twitter Handle…
JH: Justin Holbrook, 4th Grade Math & Science Teacher in Baltimore City Schools, @justincholbrook
EDAT: What originally drew you to Twitter? Has the reason changed over time?
JH: The reason I am on twitter is my improve my skills and further impact my students. My addiction to twitter originated from a graduate class I completed regarding professional learning communities. Once I created an account and began to interact with others, I enjoyed learning some new every time I signed on.
EDAT: What drew you to #EdTechAfterDark, and what keeps you coming back?
JH: Silly answer: Alex’s GIFs. Serious answer: The positivity and incredible amount of knowledge each participant brings to every chat.
EDAT: As an educator, what are you passionate about?
JH: I am passionate about designing classroom environments where students are lead learners. Teachers need to get on the dance floor with students and provide them experiences as guides on the side.
EDAT: How has your PLN made you a better educator? (Be as specific as possible)
JH: My PLN through #BmoreEdchat and #edtechafterdark constantly inspires me to bring it for my students daily. It is a healthy collaborative competition. Furthermore, I approach situations in my school community with different skills and information I have learned from my PLN.
EDAT: How have you made your PLN better? (celebrate how you have impacted others)
JH: On Wednesday nights from 9-10 PM EST,, I founded and moderate a chat entitled #BmoreEdchat. Our chat is a place to #Bmore (Baltimore) and recognize the power of positivity in education.
EDAT: What do you look for in someone to follow? What constitutes a good tweet?
JH: First, I look for a positive outlook. Second, I look for a confidence about what he or she believes in. A good tweet consists of a great image which increases the power of the point.