Friday, February 15, 2019

12 Great Hashtags All Educators Should Be Exploring

Twitter hashtags are a great way to engage in a digital learning experience connected to teaching and learning.


Funny video, but there is so much more to hashtags for educators! Hashtags for education are one of the most powerful tools connected to personal learning networks. 

What are hashtags?

Have you ever searched Google by using quotations to refine your results? Hashtags on Twitter work about the same way. A hashtag is the # symbol followed by a word or phrase. Two of the most popular educational hashtags are #teaching, #learning, #edtech, and #edchat.



A hashtag search will default to "Top" tweets connected to the hashtag. The top tweets is a good starting point, but I recommend clicking on "Latest" to get the most out of your search. You can also click on "People" to connect directly with educators who have associated with a particular hashtag. 


Why use hashtags?
Hashtags allow Twitter users to narrow down results. When attached to a post they help other interested users to find what you are sharing. Educational hashtags have the power to connect educators to important conversations and educational trends beyond the tweets of people they follow. 

If you are interested in a topic, you can probably a hashtag that can help. Here are a baker's dozen (I know I don't count so well.) of my favorite hashtags connected to teaching and learning. These are all pretty popular but may not appear on some of the top educational twitter hashtag lists you can find on the web.  This is also by no means a complete list of the hashtags I love. My goal for this list was to provide some variety. Please feel free to share your favorite hashtags in the comments below. I've also included some longer lists from some great educational sites near the end of this post. 

#DigitalCitizenship - Educators and organizations sharing ideas and resources to support student digital footprints and online etiquette. Educators connected to this hashtag believe that all students need help to create and maintain a positive digital resume. #digcit is another popular digital citizenship hashtag. 

#KidsDeserveIt - This hashtag exists today to be a source of inspiration but also to be a place where ideas and opinions are brought about that may challenge the way things have always been done. Connected to the book Kids Deserve It.

#tlap - This hashtag offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educatorConnected to the book Teach Like a Pirate.

#edtechteam- Originally connected to the EdTechTeam Summits, this hashtag is a place where educators share valuable resources and ideas connected to EdTech, learning spaces, Google for Education, and much more. 

#InnovatorsMindset - This hashtags challenges the status quo and asks educators to explore how teachers can bring a new more innovative mindset to their classrooms. Connected to the book Innovator's Mindset

#GSuiteEDU - Connected to G Suite for Education. This hashtag brings some of the best and the brightest educators together. While the focus is on Google, there are many other great resources and ideas shared.

#ditchbook - This hashtag brings together educators who understand that technology is changing the world and so must our classrooms. Connected to the book Ditch that Textbook.

#pbl - Brings together educators interested in project-based learning. 

#T2T  - Based on the simple idea that a BIG impact comes from focusing on one small change at a time. I also love the related #onesmallthing hashtag. These are both connected to the awesome Teacher 2 Teacher Website.

#hyperdocs - Brings together educators using HyperDocs as a tool to support student-centered learning enhanced by EdTech. Connected to the HyperDoc Handbook

#formativechat - Brings educators together who are curious about formative assessment as part of the learning process. This is also connected to one of my favorite Twitter Chats that happens most Mondays at 5:30 PM Central Time. 

#ShukesandGiff,#GTTribe, and #PodcastEDU - Three for the price of one. If you are interested in educational podcasts, then these hashtags are a great place to start.

#DiveintoInquiry and #InquiryMindset - If you are interested in student-centered learning and inquiry these two hashtags are great places to explore. Connected to of my favorite books, Dive Into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset.

#ShakeUpLearning - Connected to Kasey Bell and all of the great resources, podcasts, and learning resources she shares. Kasey as quite a few great books and Shake Up Learning is definitely one of my favorites.

There can also a great deal of inspirational learning when you explore the hashtags of different educational conferences during the conferences. ISTEASCDICEMETC, and FETC all conferences that have very active hashtags before, during, and after the conferences.

Not enough Hashtags for you? Explore these resources to find even more awesome Educational Hashtags.

Just a bit more Twitter fun! Have a Twitterific Day!

5 comments:

  1. What a great list of educational hashtags. I know that I always like to follow our State edchat hashtags as well. The chats are normally on every Tuesday. Other chats to follow for the states #ohedchat #caedchat #fledchat #txedchat
    Marcia @dsdPD

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    1. Thanks Marcia! There are quite a few great state hashtags that are worth following. Have a great day!

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  2. Great list! I'd add #personalizedlearning #blendedlearning and follow the nonprofit @LearningAccel - Thanks!

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  3. #EduGladiators is another great one that I should have included. So many hashtags so little time?

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