http://www.teachthought.com/twitter-hashtags-for-teacher/ TeachThought’s blog is dedicated to progressive education and trending topics. The following article is taken directly from TeachThought’s blog. Check Director Terry Heick’s work periodically for hashtag updates.
What is a hashtag?
A word or phrase preceded by a “#.”
How do hashtags work?
Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.”
A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase.
Who can use hashtags?
Anyone. When you tweet and want your message to be part of a larger conversation beyond your followers, add a relevant hashtag from the list below to the end of your message, and you’ll automatically reach anyone who is monitoring the same hashtag. Cool, yes?
What else do I need to know?
- Don’t hashtag spam–if your tweet doesn’t add to that hashtag’s topic, discussion, or user base, don’t add the hashtag.
- Use more than one hashtag if it applies to more than one topic, but choose wisely. If you want that hashtag’s community to value your input, take care to keep that twitter stream nice, tidy, and free from “visual debris.”
Many of the hashtags have “meeting times” where educators agree to “meet and tweet”–that is, send out messages on a topic at a certain time on a certain day.
If you do participate at the agreed upon time, you’ll see the tweets stream in live and participate in said conversation (via twitter) in what is nearly real-time. But if you can’t make it, the great part about a hashtag is that it does the sorting for you. You can search for messages assigned to a given hashtag anytime–tomorrow, Sunday night, or during your planning period next week.
Note, this list of hashtags will be updated periodically, including reorganization, functional linking on all hashtags, and the addition of meeting times and focus areas.
- #lrnchat (social media and education)
- #blendchat (blended learning)
- #pbl/#pblchat (project-based learning)
- #ntchat (for new teachers)
- #gbl (game-based learning, from serious games and simulations to video games and more)
- #edtech (education technology)
- #BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
- #iPaded (iPads in education)
- #EdApps (education and learning apps