Over 1000 educators have participated in #edchat discussions. Will you collaborate with us to create educational change?
Although relatively new, #edchat has become an incredible collaborative tool for educators to debate and evaluate solutions to various problems through Twitter. Over 1000 educators and administrators have contributed to the #edchat discussions from various countries around the world. In what other forum would this be possible?
Watch the video and see what #edchat is about:
Some confusion remains regarding #edchat, therefore here are some helpful tips, links, and recommendations:
- When does #edchat take place? Tuesday is a common Twitter day for teachers made popular by the #teachertuesday hashtag created by Aniya, @TheEngTeacher. To accommodate teachers in various time zones we have two edchat discussions which take place usually around 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST).
- How is #edchat different from #teachertuesday?#Edchat is the official discussion forum of #teachertuesday. However, each hashtag serves a different purpose. Here are some guidelines:
- You should use #TeacherTuesday to recommend educators to follow, educational blogs, and links. Please visit this post to find out more information about #TeacherTuesday.
- You should use #edchat for discussions between educators on thought-provoking topics. There are designated times for the larger discussions, but if you are already engaged in a lively discussion with 2 or more educators on a topic that would benefit educators, then feel free to use the hashtag.
- What is a hashtag? Check out this video to discover what a hashtag is and how to use a hashtag. Every Tuesday, at the designated time, you only need to add “#edchat” to the end of your tweet to participate in the discussion!
- How are Topics Chosen? Every Sunday, Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and I (ShellTerrell) create a twtpoll of 5 topics to choose from for Tuesday’s discussion. Just follow one of us or the #edchat tag so you do not miss your opportunity to vote on a topic. You may also propose topics to any of us by sending us a Tweet or DM!
- For more information on #edchat you may want to look at my previous post, What is #Edchat?
Posts Associated with #Edchat
The following bloggers have fantastic posts, which explain more details about #Edchat topics, organization, problems, and more:
- View the CoolCatTeacher’s, Vicki Davis, post about what occurred when she hosted a Tweet Panel using the #edchat hashtag.
- Mary Beth Hertz provides a very thorough and useful post in following the #edchat discussions through Tweetdeck and other sources. She also discusses areas of improvement for future sessions.
- View Cybraryman’s incredible page with all Edchat resources and other Twitter chats!
More #Edchat Mentions
The bloggers listed above have greatly contributed to the organization and flow of #edchat. Additional educators who continue to keep #edchat discussions thought-provoking and organized include:
- Tom Whitby- His continual behind-the-scenes collaboration and proposing of topics keeps #edchat discussions thriving as does his guidance in the discussions.
- Steven Anderson- A behind-the-scenes collaborator who proposes topics, creates polls, and guides the discussions.
- Jerry Swiatek- Continually archives #edchat discussions with The Archivist software.
- Ruth Cohenson- Provided the fantastic quote for the #edchat video.
- ALL EDUCATORS who have participated in the discussions, voted for topics, or retweeted #edchat news!!!!
Other Educational Hashtag Discussions
Before #Edchat were other educational synchronous Twitter discussions, visits these posts for details:
- #Lrnchat, which takes place Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST / 5:30-7pm PST
- In March through May, was #educhat and #journchat here’s a great wiki to help you plan synchronous Twitter discussions!
Join us in an #edchat discussion this Tuesday!