Asynchronous Sharing and Twitter. 11 amazing Twitter chats for educators. Below is a round-up of different Twitter chats, when they occur, and some of the most recent tweets to come out of each chat.
(All times are in EST.) #eSNEdChat, Dec. 17 from 7-8 p.m. eSchool News hosted its last Twitter chat on Dec. 10, and Managing Editor Laura Devaney discussed eRate and personalized learning with participants. Today, Dec. 17, Associate Editor Meris Stansbury will lead a Twitter chat at 7 p.m. Don’t miss it! #edtechchat: Educational technology chat, Mondays from 8-9 p.m. #edleadchat: School administrator and leadership chat, Mondays from 8-9 p.m.
#scichat: Science teachers chat, Tuesdays from 9-10 p.m. #STEMchat: STEM education chat, Tuesdays from 9-10 p.m. #ipadchat: iPads in education, Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. #libchat: Librarians, Wednesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. #mathchat: Math teachers chat, Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. News on Relevant Science: 20 Essential Twitter Chats for the Library Crowd. Libraries are increasingly getting hip to using Twitter as a tool, with many offering the service as a point of contact with librarians.
But Twitter is an excellent tool for librarian learning as well, offering lots of great opportunities for discussion. Many Twitter chats exist for the literary and library world, and we've discovered 20 of the absolute best for librarians to check out. #aslachat: Join the Alabama School Library Association for #aslachat sessions on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. CST. Although the focus is on Alabama school librarians, the subjects discussed are great for all types of librarians. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education.
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. 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.
Meeting Times 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. Updated: Added #edcamp, #ukedchat Popular Hashtags Trends General Content Areas Literacy iPad. The Beginner's Guide to Twitter. Update: This post was updated November 2013 to reflect current statistics and tools.
Do you have a parent, friend or colleague ready to ditch his or her digital training wheels and head into Twitter's open wilderness? These pointers should get them started. And even Twitter experts might benefit from a quick refresher on the platform's valuable tools. First, the basics: What is Twitter all about? It's a platform wherein users share their thoughts, news, information and jokes in 140 characters of text or less. On Twitter, following someone is not necessarily an admission of friendship, but nonetheless affords interaction and conversation — at least in short bursts. The first step is to understand and master the vernacular. Tweet: A 140-character message.Retweet (RT): Re-sharing or giving credit to someone else's tweet.Feed: The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. Twitter has a great online glossary that you can refer back to, should you get mired in a vocab morass.