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Daily Dish: Last Night’s #FutureReady Schools Twitter Chat with Education Secretary Arne Duncan

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October 27, 2015 04:45 pm


Last night, the twitter-sphere was buzzing with excitement about Future Ready Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a special guest appearance and moderated the weekly #edtechchat on Twitter as part of Connected Educator Month (#ce15). The topic? Future Ready Schools, a free, bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.

During the chat, educators, administrators, organizations, and any other interested parties had the unique opportunity to interact with Secretary Duncan on topics related to the Future Ready Schools effort, including asking and answering his questions and discusses pertinent issues. This was Secretary Duncan’s third and final Connected Educator Month Twitter chat, as he steps down from his position as Education Secretary at the end of December.

Excitement and enthusiasm for the chat and the work of Future Ready Schools was palpable as over 750 people engaged in the conversation, sharing close to 5,200 tweets at a rapid pace of about 83 tweets per minute. In case you missed the action, check out some highlights below:

The conversation included some highlights of what it means to be Future Ready:

The chat was conducted in a question and answer format, with Secretary Duncan posing questions in a Q1, Q2, Q3 format, and users responding with A1, A2, A3 to correspond with specific questions.

When asked “What are characteristics of #FutureReady districts/schools, leaders, teachers and students?” one participant answered:

In response to “How can #FutureReady school leaders best create a culture of innovation inside their school or district?” one user said:

Alliance President Bob Wise chimed in to lend his wisdom to “What does effective personalized student learning look like?”

During the chat, Secretary Duncan gave a nod to Alliance President Bob Wise and staff member Tom Murray:

In a tweet that conveyed the importance and power of technology, one user summed up the twitter chat experience with Secretary Duncan in a concise, humorous manner:

Learn more about the Future Ready Schools effort at and follow @FutureReady on Twitter. To participate in a #edtechchat, tune in every Monday night from 8-9pm EST via the hashtag #edtechchat.

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