Thursday, May 10, 2012

Twitter Chats for Educators

If you don't use Twitter, you are missing out on many opportunities to connect and share ideas with other educators. For about two years I rarely logged into Twitter because I had a hard time seeing the need for one more social networking tool in my daily schedule. That all changed last year when I connected with other technology leaders at Tech Forum in Austin (thanks to Joel Adkins who sent me there). Now I stay connected with other educational technology leaders, learn how other ISDs are using technology, exchange ideas and experiences in education-based discussions, and keep up-to-date to what's happening in the world of instructional technology and e-learning. The beauty of Twitter is that you decide what the TwitterSphere will look like since you decide who and what to follow.

Below are seven Twitter chats to help you connect to other educators and learn more about areas within education as it pertains to you. A brief description and the chat times (based on CST) are provided for convenience but you don't have to wait to use these hash tags in day-to-day tweet ops.

#edchat – Discuss education-based topics every Tuesday @ 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

#spedchat – Discuss special education issues every Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.

#ntchat – New teachers can learn more about teaching every Wednesday @ 7 p.m.

#ptchat – Connect with parents & educators every Wednesday @ 8 p.m.

#teachchat – Connect with teachers every other Wednesday @ 8 p.m. during school year.

#lrnchat – Connect with educators & discuss learning every Thursday @ 7:30-9:00 p.m.

#gtchat – Discuss Gifted & Talented education every Friday @ 11:00 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Note: There are many other Twitter chats specific to your teaching area. Go find them and share them with others in your department.

Bonus Tip for New Twitter users:
Twitter user names begin with "@" (example: @egmathews is my Twitter name)
Twitter topics begin with "#" (hash tags make it easy to search for topics and trends)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for including Really Good Stuff's #TeachChat on your list! We meet every other Wednesday during the school year and every Wednesday from mid-June through July. We also do giveaways at every chat. Hope to see you there!

    -Brandi Jordan
    #TeachChat Moderator