#Edchat: Join the Conversation

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:

Details, Details…

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:

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!

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. Excellent video, simple and non-threatening- a great entry for admins. I’ll include this when I present a list of whom to follow to my principal and facilitators.

  2. Thanks for this, it helps see what is going on a little. (I actually think it’s an excellently informative blogpost) I followed (as a lurker) the edchat this evening, and found it slightly …aggressive, I think. (that’s not exactly the right word, but it’s the closest one I can find at this time of night). Partly because I’m uncomfortable with the word “admins” which suggests some shadowy Orwellian character who manipulate and control, while not allowing change, and partly because it seemed like there was an awful lot of generalisations about these “admins” who are seen as the problem. In 90% or more of cases I’ve encountered, “admins” are educators themselves, and I think demonising them as the tone of edchat seemed to do, is, I feel unhelpful, and not likely to effect any meaningful change.

    It may just be my dislike of the word that causes half of this, and I realise there is a slight US/UK divided-by-common-language thing here.

    • Andy,

      Feel free to post these concerns in edchat! People often disagree and stick up for administrators. The goal is to infect change through discussion. Please feel free to add suggestions or note your observations, because this will only improve the edchat discussions. Thanks for dropping by and noting it here! We will be talking about other topics either than admin for future discussions.

  3. Shelly,
    This is sooooo 21st century of yOU!! I understood #edchat better and sure to join the conversation next time and sad about the days that I missed!!

    I loved your animoto video and inspired to use it on my workshop tomorrow with teachers =)

    and thank you a million times for blogging great resource all the time!!

  4. Great Animoto video, Shelly! – and I love the #edchat movement. Can you put the video on YouTube? I think it would be a great way for more people to see it…!

    – Jim

  5. Hi,

    I tried following the edchat this past week and honestly found it to be counterproductive to any meaningful dialog. It felt like I was in a room with hundreds of other people who were all talking at the same time via fortune cookie platitudes. Maybe it is just me, but I’m having a hard time finding any constructive value in this. Maybe you can help me out with the point / purpose of the chat?

    Sarah B.

    • Hello Sarah,

      The purpose for edchat is to discuss, debate, and challenge various issues in education. Around the globe, educators gather from around the world to find ways to tackle these problems in their local schools. The educational systems around the world have tremendous problems, such as enormous achievement gaps that have lasted for decades and a lack of equal access to education for all. Educators are inspired by the weekly discussions to initiate change. Many of the educators have created nings, performed parent workshops, performed training, created group wikis, participated in interviews in their community, and other exciting projects which were inspired by Edchat. Edchat promotes the idea that through the collective collaboration of educators we do have the ability to establish real change!

      • @Shelly Terrell, The depth and pace of edchat is not for everyone, but it is anything but counterproductive. It affords educators the ability to voice their take on whatever topic was selected by the group. The pace and seemingly confusing number of chats can be mind boggling to a first time attendee.The fortune cookie flavor is a result of the Twitter format. It does force chatters to think out their point in order to get people to consider it in 140 characters. I personally find it a challenge.
        I always thought the impact of Edchat was not in the chat itself at the time, but rather the next day or two after it was done. The edchat is used by many educational Bloggers to take the pulse of educators on a given topic. The result is that there are many references to edchat in more expanded examination of the topic on educational blogs throughout the internet.They use edchat comments as a guide to question and explore the topic. Many educators with large numbers of twitterers in their PLN’s get responses about and from edchat almost up until the next edchat topic is posted.People even use the edchat hashtag to post educational topics all week long.
        I am always surprised at how many people contact me if the Topic poll is a little late, or if we haven’t entered a topic that some educators requested.
        Since I have been with Edchat from the beginning I will admit that it has become not only bigger than I ever imagined, but it has also become very relevant in voicing and forming educators’ opinions and creating discussions on levels never before attainable without the scope of social media. Edchat’s importance and relevance may be fleeting as other social media tools replace Twitter, but the idea behind it should continue. Since it does promote the exchange of ideas and gives direction to those topics that concern educators it should to retain support. That is not counterproductive.

  6. […] #EdChat on Twitter: “to accommodate teachers in various time zones we have two edchat discussions which take place usually around 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST).”  http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2009/08/18/edchat-join-the-conversation/ […]

  7. This is a great post to give an intro to #edchat. It has become such an important part of my own PD and I have built a wonderful PLN through it! Thank you.

    I will be linking this post to my site to encourage others to join the chat!

  8. […] #Edchat, #Edtech, #Elearning, #Edreform, #TEFL, #30Goals, #NewEdblog, and #Nightshift are the hashtags you’ll see me mostly use on Twitter. I have a bit of a romance with hashtags. When you use hashtags on Twitter you are doing more than just categorizing your tweets. Using a hashtag sends a message about you to other followers. If I look at the hashtags you use, then I gleam information about you, such as: […]

  9. […] Tom, Steve, and Shelly are the originators of the #Edchat conversation every Tuesday 4 p.m. EST. #Edchat brings together a wide range of participants globally. Teachers, School Administrators, School Leaders, College Professors, Superintendents, Members of School Boards of Education, Parents, politicians and others have all joined the conversation. The previous #Edchat topics have ranged from the role of Standardized Testing in Education, internet filtering in schools to what Schools of Education need to do to better prepare Pre-Service teachers. The most popular #Edchat to date was on the role of Homework in Education with special guest, Alfie Kohn, an outspoken advocate of less homework in schools. (Read more about what #Edchat is here and here) […]

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