Goal: Test the Power of Hashtags

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward

“[The hashtag] it served as a way to carry on a conversation with a diverse audience.”- The Huffington Post

Students in Venezuela creating hashtags for Shelly Terrell's Bytesize Potential Workshop
Venezuela, Jan. 2015

Goal: Initiate or support a hashtag movement. Accomplish this goal by creating your own hashtag on social media, getting your students to create their own hashtag movements, or working as a class to create a class hashtag movement. Alternatively, you could get your students to support hashtag movements.

The Power of Hashtags

Hashtags are one of the most powerful ways to communicate and spread messages on social media. In August 2007, Chris Messina introduced hashtags (#) into Twitter’s code, which meant anyone using the platform could add a # sign front of any word(s) without spaces to make it a clickable link leading to a page where all tweets with this hashtag were aggregated. Hashtags are now used on other social media sites, like Facebook, Instagram, and GooglePlus.

Hashtags help people communicate on social media platforms, even if they don’t follow each other, over a common topic and help movements go viral. I have been the founder of various education hashtag movements including #Edchat, #30GoalsEDU, and #EbookEVO. For the past year I’ve been traveling worldwide and inspiring teachers and students to create their own hashtags to inspire positive action. I’ve included an image of students, who attended one of my workshops in Venezuela, writing down their hashtags on butcher paper.

Your students have the power to spread acts of kindness or create awareness campaigns. Recently, 15 year-old Jason Fong created the hashtag #MyAsianAmericanStory in response to politicians’ negative and offensive comments about Asian immigrants in the US. The hashtag has helped many understand the plight of immigrants.

What are your students passionate about? What movements do they want to create?

New to The 30 Goals Challenge? Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a blog reflection or status update on our Facebook community or on Twitter, @30GoalsEdu . At our official site, 30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Classroom workbook. Click here to discover all the 2015 goals!

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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

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