TWITTER CHAT – a public conversation around one unique hashtag. Following or searching for that specific hashtag allows a user to follow or participate in the discussion. These usually have a set day of the week and time frame when they take place.
HASHTAG – in the olden days, it was better known as the pound key on your telephone #. Hashtags are used to categorize tweets that have the same theme or content.
With those two definitions out of the way, here’s how we might be able to harness the power of the Twitterverse.
On any given day and at any given time, there are countless Twitter Chats taking place about countless topics. Included in this are discussions around education, and not just education in general. Some real specific conversations that drill down to specific ideas in education. With educators from all over the world weighing in on topics that pretty much cover the entire world of education, think of all the brain power that exists within one single Twitter Chat. Speaking from my own experience I know that many of the people that are participating in these chats are A) far smarter than myself B) more experienced than myself and C) far more creative than myself. Yet, I have access to their thoughts and ideas on topics that I’m interested in. It’s like doing years of studying on a topic and then magically having a million people to collaborate with. How awesome is that!
With the basics of finding a Twitter Chat covered, it only makes sense to provide you with some of the more well-known Twitter Chats out there, and maybe a few that you haven’t heard about.
#Edchat – Tuesdays @ 11 AM and 6 PM – General topics in education
#iaedchat – Sundays @ 8:00 PM – educational chat focused on Iowa
#ccsschat – Sundays @ 8:00 PM –Common Core State Standards
#msmathchat – Mondays @ 8:00 PM –middle school math
#plearnchat – Bi-weekly on Mondays @ 6:00 PM – personalized learning
#DI4ALL – 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 7:00 PM – differentiated Instruction
Personally, I spend much of my time “stalking” twitter chats, reading responses and thinking about how their ideas or thoughts could be applied to my situation. Occasionally, I’ll participate and throw my own ideas and thoughts in. So get out there and learn! Follow a hashtag or just stop in to a Twitter Chat to see how it might be able to help you.