The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

What is a hashtag?

A word or phrase preceded by a “#.”

How do hashtags work?

Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.”

A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase.

Who can use hashtags?

Anyone. When you tweet and want your message to be part of a larger conversation beyond your followers, add a relevant hashtag from the list below to the end of your message, and you’ll automatically reach anyone who is monitoring the same hashtag. Cool, yes?

What else do I need to know?

  • Don’t hashtag spam–if your tweet doesn’t add to that hashtag’s topic, discussion, or user base, don’t add the hashtag.
  • Use more than one hashtag if it applies to more than one topic, but choose wisely. If you want that hashtag’s community to value your input, take care to keep that twitter stream nice, tidy, and free from “visual debris.”

Meeting Times

Many of the hashtags have “meeting times” where educators agree to “meet and tweet”–that is, send out messages on a topic at a certain time on a certain day.

If you do participate at the agreed upon time, you’ll see the tweets stream in live and participate in said conversation (via twitter) in what is nearly real-time. But if you can’t make it, the great part about a hashtag is that it does the sorting for you. You can search for messages assigned to a given hashtag anytime–tomorrow, Sunday night, or during your planning period next week.

Note, this list of hashtags will be updated periodically, including reorganization, and functional linking on all hashtags.

Updated: Added #edcamp, #ukedchat

Popular Hashtags

  1. #lrnchat (social media and education)
  2. #edchat
  3. #blendchat (blended learning)
  4. #mlearning
  5. #elearning
  6. #ipadchat
  7. #pbl/#pblchat (project-based learning)
  8. #passiondriven
  9. #ntchat (for new teachers)
  10. #gbl (game-based learning, from serious games and simulations to video games and more)
  11. #edtech (education technology)
  12. #ukedchat
  13. #edtech
  14. #elearning
  15. #mlearning
  16. #web20
  17. #flipclass
  18. #edchat
  19. #BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  20. #iPaded (iPads in education)
  21. #EdApps (education and learning apps
  22.  #k12
  23. #cpchat
  24. #highered
  25. #21stedchat
  26. #reflectiveteacher

Trends

  1. #flipclass
  2. #digped
  3. #byod
  4. #1:1
  5. #mlearning
  6. #blendedlearning
  7. #flatclass
  8. #ipad

General

  1. #earlyed
  2. #elemchat
  3. #middleschool
  4. #highschool
  5. #commoncore
  6. #cchat
  7. #edreformtribe
  8. #edreform
  9. #parentpower
  10. #edpolicy
  11. #teacherquality
  12. #eddata
  13. #schoolchoice
  14. #putkidsfirst
  15. #parentalchoice
  16. #edleadership
  17. #eduleaders
  18. #achievementgap
  19. #edgap
  20. #inquiryed
  21. #ibpyp
  22. #edcamp

Content Areas

  1. #engchat
  2. #litchat
  3. #arted
  4. #musedchat
  5. #math
  6. #mathchat
  7. #science
  8. #scichat
  9. #sschat
  10. #histedchat
  11. #historyteaching

Digital Citizenship

  1. #digitalcitizenship
  2. #edtech
  3. #edtechchat
  4. #privacy
  5. #21stedchat
  6. #digcit
  7. #parenting
  8. #ettipad
  9. #internetsafety
  10. #cyberbullying

Literacy

  1. #literacy
  2. #multiliteracy
  3. #dyslexia
  4. #infolit

English-Language Arts & Literature

  1. #engchat
  2. #books
  3. #grammar
  4. #litchat
  5. #teachingenglish
  6. #amwriting
  7. #writing
  8. #writetip

iPad

  1. #tablet
  2. #mobile
  3. #byod
  4. #ios
  5. #ios6
  6. #ipad
  7. #ipadgames
  8. #ipaded
  9. #ettipad
  10. #ipadedu
  11. #mlearning
  12. #edtech
  13. #ipadapps
  14. #apple
  15. #apps
  16. #edapps

Science Specific

  1. #scienceed
  2. #scichat
  3. #science
  4. #physics
  5. #scienceteacher
  6. #technology
  7. #sciencenews
  8. #geology
  9. #anatomy
  10. #NASA
  11. #ecosystems
  12. #sciam
  13. #genetics
  14. #astronomy
  15. #scienceblogging
  16. #computerscience
  17. #STEM
  18. #CERN
  19. #climatechange
  20. #chemistry

Technology

  1. #google
  2. #apple
  3. #eltchat
  4. #elt
  5. #ipad
  6. #mlearning
  7. #1to1
  8. #iste

Equity

  1. #blackedu
  2. #latinoedu
  3. #nativeedu
  4. #urbaned
  5. #nclb
  6. #edadmin
  7. #schooldistricts
  8. #spedchat
  9. #dropouts
  10. #esea
  11. #teachered
  12. #schoolreform
  13. #occupyeducation
  14. #collegeaffordability

Design

  1. #archdaily
  2. #art
  3. #font
  4. #originality
  5. #ideas
  6. #apple
  7. #socialmedia
  8. #architecture
  9. #design
  10. #engineer

Homeschooling

  1. #homeschooling
  2. #hiphomeschool
  3. #unschool
  4. #hs
  5. #teachers
  6. #homeschool
  7. #unschoolers

Special Needs

  1. #ece
  2. #specialneeds
  3. #dyslexia
  4. #tck
  5. #toddlers
  6. #preschool
  7. #cerebralpalsy
  8. #spedchat
  9. #gifted
  10. #bilingual
  11. #autism
  12. #aspergers
  13. #teachpreschool
  14. #highered

Distance Education

  1. #disted
  2. #mlearning
  3. #onlinelearning
  4. #k12online
  5. #elearning

Home & Parenting

  1. #kids
  2. #cybersafety
  3. #SAHM
  4. #childcare
  5. #SAHD
  6. #littlekids
  7. #parents
  8. #badmommy
  9. #clothdiapers
  10. #dads4life
  11. #parenting

Curriculum

  1. #commoncore
  2. #cchat
  3. #books
  4. #literature
  5. #Business
  6. #writing
  7. #economy
  8. #geography
  9. #arted
  10. #biology
  11. #artsed
  12. #science
  13. #math

College

  1. #ACT
  2. #SAT
  3. #scholarship
  4. #highered
  5. #collegechat
  6. #collegebound

Groups & Chats

  1. #scichat
  2. #tlchat
  3. #educhat
  4. #lrnchat
  5. #gtchat
  6. #yalitchat
  7. #hsc
  8. #engchat
  9. #CollegeChat
  10. #edchat
  11. #musedchat
  12. #mathchat

Resources

  1. #savelibraries
  2. #printables
  3. #educationalvideos
  4. #edapp
  5. #lessonplans
  6. #edpolitics

Language

  1. #tesol
  2. #efl
  3. #ell
  4. #esl

Human Rights

  1. #diversity
  2. #heritage
  3. #health
  4. #race
  5. #eco
  6. #humantrafficking
  7. #slavery
  8. #aid
  9. #humanrights
  10. #education
  11. #sustainability

Library

  1. #library
  2. #digital
  3. #research
  4. #infolit
  5. #tlchat

Sources

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The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

  • http://www.facebook.com/anagram.gaines Ann Gaines Rodriguez

    How about
    #adulted and #gedts

    • anony

      how abt #housewife ??

  • http://www.GettingSmart.com Tom Vander Ark
  • http://twitter.com/johnqgoh johngoh

    Australian ed twitter chats
    #ozprimschchat
    #ozscichat
    #ozengchat

  • http://www.facebook.com/drmillerlg Lawrence G. Miller

    #communitycollege #NISOD #NMChz

  • http://thomsonscience.wordpress.com ThomsonScience

    #intledchat
    For international school educators, focusing on internationalism and education throughout the world at internatoinal schools.

  • Alice Saldanha

    Nicely explained. Thanks.

  • http://www.forexadvantage.info/ ForexAdvantage.INFO

    How about the popularity of forex-related hashtags?

  • bthomas1960

    …or find Teach Like A Pirate conversations:
    #tlap

  • Ryan Madanick, MD

    Don’t forget about #meded for medical education and academic medicine. #meded chat (the US version) occurs every Thursday night at 9 pm ET.

  • Brian Page

    What a great list! Can you please add the hashtags for financial education?
    #finlit
    #finedchat

  • john edelson

    Hashtags for education merits a full paragraph on conferences. Many teachers attend an educational conference or so a year. Some are national (ie ISTE, NSTA), some are regional (FETC, Florida Association of Science Teachers), and some are local. Most of these have their own hashtag which are used to discuss upcoming sessions, the events at the conference, and to debrief afterwards. What’s the point? Well, at most conferences,teachers are torn between which sessions to attend and decide based on cryptic descriptions, often written 6 months in advance. With Twitter, teachers often converse directly with the speakers ahead of time giving them some sense of what they are interested in and what the sessions are about.

    • Math Teacher Institute

      Wow! Great information – thank you for sharing :)

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/manuelpm Manuel Pulido Mendoza

    Una guía completa (en inglés) sobre cómo usar los hashtags en educación

  • @writerinsight

    Thanks for sharing this guys! Really useful~

  • SchoolGennie

    Thanks for sharing useful & relevant tags.

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  • Wendy

    For world language teachers, there is #langchat, #authres For spanish teachers, #spanishteachers, #twitterele

  • http://www.voicethread.com VoiceThread

    Spectacular resource! This is a great jumping-off point for anyone facilitating a twitter for educators type of workshop. Thanks

  • Harry Hawk

    In the Podcast (Episode 11) of FIR on Higher Education I talk about using #hashtags in my classroom at NYCCT. My commentary can be heard in this excerpt from that episode by listening to the following MP3 file ->
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw7k-l54fOfqVW5KMmdWc1ZaaTA/edit?usp=sharing

  • wmchamberlain

    No #comments4kids? You are dead to me… ;)

  • Steve

    Thanks for these amazing suggestions. I have been trying to increase traffic to my science education website for kids of school age at Newtonsapple.org.uk I have been successfully using these hash tags to drive more traffic to my site!

  • Ellen

    How about this new one for advocating for ESL students: #Advocacy4ELs

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  • Math Teacher Institute

    Thank you for this amazing resource! Looking forward to connecting with the amazing twitter teacher community! @mathteacherinst

  • Angela Ribo

    This is a tremendous resource I have just discovered. Thanks for putting it all together!

  • http://brilliant-insane.com/ Mark Barnes

    Newly popular Twitter hashtag: #TTOG — Teachers Throwing Out Grades

  • http://brilliant-insane.com/ Mark Barnes

    Also, to build an education PLN of superstars: #BestEdTweeps