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Over on Twitter, new education hashtags are popping up everyday. As an educator, the five I spend the greatest amount of time on are #edchat (education chat), #cpchat (connected principals chat), #ptchat (parent-teacher chat), #edtech (educational technology chat) and #elemchat (elementary education chat). A hashtag is like a television channel you can tune into to find what interests you. At home, that is ESPN, Discovery Channel or a local news station. On Twitter, there are thousands to choose from. Some states, schools and school districts have adopted their own (i.e. #njed, #bhschat, #nped, #psd70, #sd36learn, #hs4, etc.) to localize their meaningful conversations.
How does one keep track of all of these hashtags and remember the ones that are the most helpful to their role in working for kids? For starters, reference Cybraryman’s Educational Hashtags page or watch #edchat throughout the day/week to find the ones that catch your eye. Look at the end of people’s tweets to find others that might apply to you or the work of your PLN.
What else can you do?
You can join #PTchat this Wednesday night from 8-9PM EST (Special Time) as we discuss many of the educational and parenting hashtags, what they stand for and when you can tune in to participate or lurk in on the conversations. If you take part in a weekly chat, host or co-moderate, be sure your hashtag and/or chat is represented. Share out when it occurs, what topics you’ve discussed, links to your archives and how parents and teachers can add their perspectives and contribute.
Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) relies heavily upon finding others who are doing the same work as you are around the world. This chat is a great opportunity for PLN building and finding a new hashtag to support your work.
Please join us this Wednesday, 4/18 at 8PM EST / 5PM PST. If you are using Tweetchat to take part in our chat, here is how to participate… 1) log into to Tweetchat 2) enter your Twitter credentials 3) type #ptchat into the search bar and the conversation will appear automatically for you to engage in any way you choose. It takes the hashtag out of your available 140 characters making way for you to participate without the need to type “ptchat” at the end of each sentence. Looking forward to your perspectives this Wednesday night!