#Edchat Tech Tips

#Edchat Update: Using Tweetdeck for Hashtag Discussions

Over 2000 educators have participated in the #Edchat Tuesday discussions! Last week was momentous, as several educators and parents gathered to converse with special guest Alfie Kohn. Edchat became the 5th Twitter trending topic!

Keeping up with several people in a Twitter conversation can be difficult. Tweetgrid is one way to keep up with the discussion as explained thoroughly by Mary Beth Hertz’s post. However, Tweetdeck has some nice features as well for keeping up with hashtag discussions as I describe in this brief Screenr video tutorial.

Edchat Updates

In a previous #edchat post I mentioned some useful posts and links. I am additionally adding these blog posts, links, and tips to help you explore the edchat topics further and extend the conversation:


Join us in an #edchat discussion every Tuesday around 12pm EST and 7pm EST and leave a few comments on some of these posts!

Do you have a post about #edchat or want to share how #edchat has impacted you as an educator? Please contact me to share this with us!


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  • September 2, 2009 - 04:41 | Permalink

    Hey Shelly,
    very useful video. I did not take a look at Tweetdeck yet, I am using Twhirl but this look really useful!

    And it is always great to make videos like this. Well done!

    Greetings from France and thanks for the mention,

  • September 3, 2009 - 00:16 | Permalink

    Hi Shelly,
    I just started using tweetdeck and haven’t explored all of its features yet. It looks to be very useful for following discussions. Thanks for making this helpful video.

  • November 21, 2009 - 04:54 | Permalink

    Another tool that may help you follow and participate in #edchat sessions is Tweetchat. You can read #edchat-tagged tweets without signing in (very close to real-time), you can log in with your Twitter account, you can “feature” tweets you like, and “click away” persons whose contributions you don’t want to see (which may come in very handy the more people take advantage of the hashtag)… – another nice feature is that the #edchat tag is added automatically to your tweet, which will make it easier for you to concentrate on the topic. – Try it here: http://tweetchat.com/room/edchat

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  • December 8, 2009 - 11:53 | Permalink

    Excellent screenr tutorial! I’ve been using Tweetdeck for 2-3 months, and wasn’t even aware of some of those features you pointed out. This will def help me keep better track of edchat tweets on Tuesdays! :) Thanks for your help.

    • December 8, 2009 - 15:21 | Permalink


      No problem! I’ll be doing an update because Tweetdeck has so many changes since this post!

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  • December 23, 2009 - 12:18 | Permalink

    Awesome video! I love this site and all the information you have provided! I am so excited to try some of this technology!!! Well Done!

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  • January 21, 2010 - 10:27 | Permalink

    I’m a fan of TweetDeck and use it as my primary Twitter client. For #edchat so far though, I’ve found Twitterfall to be a bit easier for reading as TweetDeck doesn’t keep up (and the API call limit seems to get in the way of frequent refreshes). I still end up using Tweetdeck for posting though, which is a bit clumsy but seems easier than posting via Twitterfall. (I haven’t figured out if there is a specific reply option in Twitterfall.)

    There’s my two cents, but thanks for the post about edchat in general and the information on Tweetdeck. This is definitely one I’ll file away as a future reference to give others!

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