Day 21 Twitter for Teachers
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Day 21 Twitter for Teachers

Welcome to the 30 Day Twitter Challenge
for teachers with Eric Langhorst, a
step-by-step guide to getting started and getting the most out of Twitter Hello, my name is Eric and you’re in Day 21 of Twitter for Teachers, a 30-day program
to help educators learn the basics of using Twitter. Today’s topic is hashtags, in particular educational hashtags. So you’ve
probably heard people talk about hashtags on Twitter, basically using the
pound sign to create a label or a tag to make a tweet easy to search for later. So let me give you an example. I teach at
Discovery Middle School. At the beginning of the year we wanted
to create a hash ag that would allow people to post tweets
about their classroom or activities happening in school and applying a similar hashtag so that
eventually later on somebody could search for everything
happening in Discovery Middle School. So the hashtag that we decided upon at
the beginning of the school year is #DMSLeads, so DMS and then leads – L E A D S. So anytime somebody uses that
particular hashtag within a tweet it’s going to be searchable for anybody
that puts that in the search bar of Twitter. All of those are going to appear whether or
not you follow those people or not. We’ll talk about an application a
little bit later called TweetDeck The neat thing about using hashtags within
TweetDeck is you can set up a column using a particular hashtag and anytime
a tweet appears with that hashtag it’s
going to show up in that column. So you’re going to be
able as a teacher to follow very specific hashtags. Maybe
you’re an art teacher. You could follow the hashtag #artteacher, maybe you teach biology you
could check out the hashtag #biology. As a social studies
teacher the most common hashtag that I follow
for history content is #sschat. So we’ll talk a little bit more about
chats on an upcoming day but right now I want you to explore
different educational hash tags. I’ve got resources down below that
include many lists so you can find specifically ones that
apply to you. Your task today is to go through those
resources and find three hashtags that you
believe would fit the content or the grade level that you teach in
particular. So that’s your task for Day 21. Tomorrow on Day 22 we’re going to talk about some ideas on creating
your own hashtag. So maybe you’re in a similar situation
to the one that I described earlier. Maybe your school, maybe organization,
maybe a conference that you host wants to create a hashtag. What are some
things you should think about as you create your own hashtag. We’ll
talk about that tomorrow in Day 22. Thanks for watching and we’ll
see you tomorrow. Thanks for watching. Please check out the
entire collection of tips to help teachers use Twitter at

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