Attend a Conference in Pajamas

During the summer months, educators often take time away to reflect and re-engerize for the fall.  At first, summer plans are high on our list, but often our minds wander to the upcoming school year remembering things to change or add to our libraries. Our minds are ripe for new ideas. This can be a perfect opportunity to explore new resources from your pjs or front porch.

Several conferences are held during the summer months. Many of us cannot attend all – or any – but using the conference’s Twitter hashtag, we can explore ideas.

Conference Hashtags

First, locate the website of any conferences of interest. Typically, the conference has a hashtag that all participants will include in a tweet.* Collect a list of those hashtags and open a web browser or the Twitter app from a mobile device. Search using the Twitter hashtag and include the “#”. A list of tweets will appear.

Possible Hashtags:
ALA Annual Conference – #alaac16
ISTE – #iste16

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still access the tweets. Just go to  to view tweets.

Organizing Information

Once you start reading the tweets, you may find helpful links, quotes, and resources. I suggest organizing the tweets using an online tool like Evernote. Evernote is a great organizational tool that helps organize notes, bookmark web items, and much more. It is available as an app or from the web. With Evernote, you can download an extension or add-on to easily clip the tweet and make it easy to find the information again.

For example, when I locate a tweet, I go to my Chrome extension for Evernote and choose Screenshot. Add tags and choose a notebook to save the ideas. For tweets that contain links, click on the link first and then bookmark the shared link to Evernote.

You may also choose to like a tweet by clicking the heart button. This will save the tweet in your list of favorites. If you are like me, I click this option a lot, so I prefer Evernote to organize my tweets into tags and notebooks.

If you prefer another tool, Diigo, a social bookmarking tool, might be another great option to save the tweets.


Once you organize tweets and gather new ideas, post those ideas for others to view. Share the notebook of tweets in Evernote with colleagues. Retweet compelling tweets or add your ideas with a new Twitter post.

Even though we are not able to attend a conference, Twitter can help us join the conversation and view new ideas from other educators.
Twitter Hashtags

Author: Becca Munson

Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 23 years of experience in education. She is currently a school librarian at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS. Becca continues to find ways to positively impact student learning with literacy initiatives, technology integration, and building rapport with students and staff. Follow her on Twitter to view the library in action @bvwlibrary and @beccamunson .

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