Getting started and growing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter can be a confusing and time consuming endeavor. This site is to serve as a resource to help you get started in using Twitter in your classroom.
Hashtags and Twitter Chats
A hashtag is any word on twitter that starts with the # (pound) sign. Hash tags make it easier to search and follow the twitter conversions on specific topics.
How it works is everyone agrees to use a standard hash tag in their tweets when they tweet about a specific topic. Then you set up a search for that hashtag using your twitter client, or use twitter search tools such as Twitter Search
, or Tagboard
to track the conversations. Commonly used educational hashtags
Twitter chats are where educators meet at a set 'meeting time' to engage in virtual conversations by sending out tweets on a topic using a designated hashtag during a specific time on a certain day. Most twitter chats for about an hour.
During the twitter chat you'll see educators tweet their responses in real time. The best way to participate in a Twitter chat is to set up a twitter search for the hashtag in a client like TweetDeck, Hootsuite or in the Twitter app on your mobile device. Complete list of weekly Twitter Chats