Twitter chats are a great way to discuss educational issues with educators from across the globe! Here's an example of a recent Twitter chat moderated by TED Ed. The moderator usually starts the chat with a question:
Notice how the Tweet included the hashtag #TEDEdChat so the chat can easily be followed. The Q1 at the beginning indicates that this is the first question in the chat (typically these questions are asked only by the moderator ... otherwise things could get very confusing very quickly). To respond, users Tweet their response beginning with A1 (to indicate they are responding to Q1) and including the same #TEDEdChat hashtag. Here are some responses:
A1 : Have your students exploring people of passion. Let them see the power of passion that change the world #TEdEdChat— Steven Sutantro (@Steven_Sutantro) December 15, 2015
#TEDEdChat A1: I think it's also important to show students you CAN be passionate. Many don't even see it as an option. Share your passions— Andrew Deir (@deir75) December 15, 2015
A1 I'm a true believer in the 10-min writing to get to the heart of a matter. Have Ts & Ss answer that Q as plainly as possible #TEdEdChat— Shanna Peeples (@ShannaPeeples) December 15, 2015
Since these responses included A1 and #TEDEdChat (not necessarily in that order), they are easy for people to follow and link back to the original question, even if they are joining the chat late.
If you're not comfortable responding in Twitter chats, that's OK! Just follow the conversation (this is called "lurking") and get the hang of things first before responding ... you'll learn something new either way!
Education Twitter chats happen on a daily basis, and cover a variety of topics. You can view a full schedule of these chats in list or calendar format. For more information on using Twitter chats, check out the following links, or watch the video below:
- Twitter Education Chats for Newbies (Bevin Reinen, @TeachTrainLove)
- How to Build Your PLN on Twitter (THE Journal, @THE_Journal)
- The Essential #Edchat Resource Guide (USC Rossier School of Education, @USCTeacher)
- Hashtags, Twitter Chats, and TweetDeck for Education (Sue Waters)