Teachers on Twitter: It’s About Professional Development

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The Web 2.0 Classroom Blog, TeacherHub.com, features a good introductory post about Twitter and its professional development potential.

Teachers on Twitter: It’s All About the Hashtag introduces the social networking tool to educators and explains a bit about how to identify professional education resources. The post explains hashtags, how to use them to search for Twitter chats, and how to create a hashtag.

An earlier piece from the same blog provides a list of Twitter chat hashtags for educators, and I’ve listed a few of them below along with several of my favorites.  A more comprehensive list of educational chat hashtags is posted at Cybraryman’s site.

  • #SciChat
  • #ISEDchat (independent school educators)
  • #EdChat (educators)
  • #GlobalEd
  • #MathChat
  • #iPadchat
  • #NTChat (new teachers)
  • #sschat (social studies)

… and many more…

Note:  To use Twitter to join online communities and discover professional development opportunities, it’s easiest set up one of the more specialized dashboards such as TweetDeck or HootSuite (or others) on your computer, phone, or iPad. A GDS tech staff member can help you choose.

To get started a teacher sets up an account, figures out settings, and starts following a few people. conversations or places — including @GDSHoppers — at the official Twitter site. After the set-up, it’s easy to download one of the dashboard applications and set up columns that ensure easy monitoring of any followed chats.

Twitter posts this FAQ that covers the basics.

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