As a teacher, continuing education is so important that most school districts require that teachers enroll in some form of coursework on a regular basis to keep their knowledge and skills fresh. And while those courses are essential, staying on top of the cutting edge of educational development is important as well.
Through Twitter discussions, teachers can follow the latest in education, whether it’s educational technology or new ways to teach math. These 20 hashtags offer teachers a convenient way to become part of chats and discussions that share the absolute latest in education news, resources, and ideas.
1. #edchat Created by educators Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and Shelly Terrell, #edchat offers a great platform for discussion among teachers and other professionals related to education. With the #edchat hashtag, you can follow along with weekly chats, hosted each Tuesday at 12PM EST and 7PM EST. During these chats, teachers from around the world come together to discuss weekly topics. Some of the recent discussions have included changing students from content consumers to creators, the purpose of education, and education fads vs. trends that last. But even after the chat is done, the conversation continues, with participants frequently sharing news, insights, and resources of interest to education, making #edchat an essential hashtag for any teacher to check out.
2. #edtech Education and technology are intertwined, and there’s no getting around it these days. Technology is doing amazing things for teachers, and if you want to keep up with what’s happening, it’s a good idea to tune into the #edtech hashtag. You’ll learn about education technology resources, new web tools for students, and how other educators are putting technology to work in the classroom and beyond.
3. #education Everything from classroom management to learning from homeschoolers is covered under the #education hashtag. This resource moves fast, with lots of users participating. You’ll find so much helpful information, this is a great place to start if you’re just dipping your toes into hashtags.
4. #lrnchat #lrnchat is all about learning and teaching. The community offers an ongoing discussion, but scheduled chats occur each Thursday from 8:30 to 10 PM. Follow along and learn from the chat as they discuss topics surrounding learning in formal, informal, social and mobile formats. It’s a great way to find out exactly how students learn.
5. #edapp If you’re on the hunt for learning resources to use in your classroom, #edapp is an awesome hashtag to follow. Through #edapp, you’ll be able to find apps for learning, including mobile and web apps. You’ll find newly discovered apps, updates, and ideas for getting the most out of these powerful educational tools through the #edapp hashtag.
6. #classroom If you’re looking for a little help in the classroom, this hashtag just might do the trick. Educators share their resources for improving classroom learning, along with news, debates, and more that can all help you become a better teacher in the classroom.
7. #teaching The #teaching hashtag offers a roundup of everything that’s relevant to instruction and teachers. Follow the #teaching hashtag to see the multitude of ways that teachers are educating students, including graphic novels, comics, and social media. You’ll find resources for teaching more effectively, ideas for different kinds of learning, and insights from teachers who have made it all work.
8. #playoutdoors Not everyone associates “teaching” with “playing,” but being active is an important part of healthy learning. The #playoutdoors hashtag is full of awesome insight for getting your students moving through outdoor learning activities and more.
9. #edreform Education is at a crossroads today, and many are joining the discussion on how we might improve the state of learning. Tune into #edreform to find out about ideas for reform, what’s being done, and what’s really wrong in education today.
10. #globaled Education isn’t just happening in your classroom, it’s going on all around the world. You and your students can benefit from worldwide learning through the resources and knowledge shared on #globaled.