By Shelly Sanchez Terrell, October 7th, 2015
One of the best ways to help build a professional/personal learning network (PLN) with teachers you admire is through hashtags. The use of these symbols on social media was invented by Chris Messina, a founder of Twitter, on August 23, 2007. The # sign is followed by words or sayings that stand for categories of information, and they are found on social networks like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Google Plus. Education-hashtag chats, or real-time conversations that revolve around a hashtag, provide a virtual space where you can have a discussion and learn from others.
Join a chat, explore a hashtag, discover resources, and connect with other teachers using this list of top education hashtags!
TOP 10 TWITTER HASHTAGS
I co-founded the award-winning hashtag, #Edchat, which is used daily by teachers worldwide to build a support network and find free resources. Every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, thousands of educators gather to share their opinions on a topic chosen through popular vote. Use #Edchat to find additional popular education hashtags to explore and to engage with other professionals at our weekly chat.
Teacher Sarah Thomas created this hashtag to help educators around the globe connect with other teachers who share their interests and passions. She features different teachers’ Twitter handles and profiles in her “Person of the Day” segment, and encourages educators to send in projects they are working on to spread awareness through the network. #EduMatch also hosts Google Hangouts and chats throughout the week.
Educators and policy makers transforming the field of education use this hashtag to share information about their movements, ideas, and events. Use it to find many edubloggers who are passionate about improving education for all.
This is a wonderful resource for teachers looking to explore EdTech opportunities. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology created this hashtag to share policies, resources, events, and freebies for educators who want to integrate technology effectively in their classrooms. We will share many more education technology-related hashtags in an upcoming post, The Best Hashtags for Teachers Integrating Technology.
Join this award-winning Twitter chat on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and 11:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. According to the founders, Laura Hill and Craig Kemp, the conversation aims to provide educators with a voice and forum to “re-imagine the future of education.”
One of the newest hashtags on this list, EduColor is represents a movement that seeks to spread awareness about equity and diversity in education by empowering public school advocates of color. This hashtag helps teachers learn how to celebrate diversity in the classroom and how to tackle tough issues like racism and stereotypes.
This is the hashtag for the project I founded, called The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, that encourages educators to complete 1–30 goals to improve their teaching practice during the school year.. The hashtag offers a means to read about others’ accomplishments and struggles along the way. The network is very supportive and helpful to any to any educator seeking to improve her professional skills.
For teachers working in elementary, middle, and high schools, this is a great hashtag to connect with other educators. People post relevant articles, suggestions for technology and other resources, and information about professional development events.
This hashtag enables teachers to get in touch with broader resources relevant to a more all-encompassing view of learning. Find inspirational quotes and ideas, fascinating media pieces, and helpful advice.
According to Hashtagify, #Education and #Learning are the most commonly used hashtags among educators. This is a great place to start your search on education resources that will likely lead you to discover new hashtags and connections to follow.
There are thousands of hashtags out there that you can turn to in order to make your classroom a more vibrant, dynamic educational environment. These 10 are just the beginning and will surely connect you with many new movements you hadn’t even dreamed of!
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#pbl (project based learning)