Focus: Greatest Hashtags for Educators
It’s no secret that collaboration, in addition to being a critical 21st century skill for students, is also a key driver of professional development for educators. Whether working with colleagues in their own schools, meeting like-minded professionals at conferences, or participating in regional or global TeachMeets, educators know that collaboration is the cornerstone of professional — and personal – growth.
That’s the idea behind Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network, and what keeps the network vital and innovative. These days, collaboration has never been easier, and Twitter is a big reason why.
Since we started Daily Edventures on January 1 of last year, we’ve seen more and more educators using Twitter to connect with peers, get feedback on new ideas, and find support for difficult challenges. I use my Twitter feed (@anthonysalcito), and to build on our #DailyEdventures conversation to highlight innovative projects and ideas in education and generate some debate. Another hashtag I highly recommend following and using is #msftpil, where you can join global Partners in Learning discussions with peers who share your goals and challenges. We’ve also seen an increasing number of school leaders, like high school principal Eric Sheninger, advocating for student use of the tool.
But “being on” Twitter is one thing, and using it to its full potential is quite another. That’s why we’re happy to pass along this great list, courtesy of the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning web site. These are the Edublog Award finalists for best Twitter hashtags of 2012, giving novice (and not-so-novice) Twitter users some great ideas for expanding their networks. We’re particular pleased that #edchat is at number two since Daily Edventures alum and social media pioneer Shelly Sanchez Terrell helped to start this forum, where thousands of educators gather every Tuesday to discuss common challenges, share best practices and find inspiration in the experiences of their colleagues.
As we continue on this journey here at #DailyEdventures, I look forward to hearing from you on Twitter @anthonysalcito, and to expanding our conversation about the people, tools and ideas shaping education today.
1- # comments4kids
2- # edchat
3- # edchatie
4- # edtech
5- # eltchat
6- # gamemooc
7- # mlearning
8-# ntchat ( new Teacher chat )
9- # pedagoofriday
10 # ptchat
13 # Spedchat
14 # Thewonderofwonder
15 # Titletalk
16- # Tlchat