Day 24 Twitter for Teachers – Finding Your Edchat
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Day 24 Twitter for Teachers – Finding Your Edchat

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. Hi, my name’s Eric and you’re in Day 24 of Twitter
for Teachers, a 30-day program to help teach educators
how to use Twitter. Today’s topic is finding your edchat. Yesterday we spent some time talking
about what edchats were in general, today we’re going to help you find
specific edchats that are going to be specific to either your grade level, your content, or just in general your
interests. So the first edchat was just edchat,
hashtag #edchat, and it was very broad, brought in a ton of educators from around the
world. They have specialized topics
but it’s just a very broad range in audience. So what began to
gradually happen after the creation of a edchat, is people began to get more specific and
more narrow in focus. So for example there became a social
studies chat, there became one on science, there became one on elementary ed. So over the last
several years there’s been the creation of literally thousands of different edchats talking about very specific things in
education and other disciplines as well. It’s not
just education but it seems education has really been the
one area where edchats have really taken off. So we’re going to talk
today a little bit about finding the edchat that’s going to fit your needs. So for example, as a social studies
teacher the couple of edchats that I like to
follow are #sschat – that’s a social
studies chat but then as an educator in the state of
Missouri, I also sometimes participate in #MOedchat. I’ve also sometimes
checked and participated in the hashtag #flippedclass that talks about flipping the classroom. There’s also middle school chat so you
can be involved in as many chats as you want to
and you can find very specific topics that are going to meet your needs.
So if you check out the resources today on the web page, there’s a great article from the New
York Times that talks a little bit about how edchats developed and from a historical standpoint it’s just
kind of neat to see how edchats really begin to grow and meet specific needs. And then we also
have several resources that provide access to lists – a whole bunch of
different edchats. So they list the edchats
according to the time and place that they meet, like which day of the week
they meet and what time they meet, what hashtag they use who the moderators
are. There’s a little description of what they
talk about and a couple those are not education
specific. I looked at one just before filming this
and there’s a a magic chat for example. So if you’re
interested in magic and what magicians talk about you can
specifically go to that hashtag at that particular time. Don’t forget you can also follow these
hashtags throughout the week. So even if it’s not during the live edchat there’s probably discussions
happening throughout the week that are using that same hashtag. So what I’d like you did you today for your
task is to go through the various resources we have today on
the web page and find one edchat that you think
would be of benefit to you. So there’s literally
again thousands of these, find one that you
think would benefit you for what you teach. And then go ahead and
put that on your schedule so if they meet on
Mondays at 7 p.m. go ahead and set some kind of reminder to kind of help you remember. You can usually go and find archives of the different edchats but I would
definitely suggest seeing one live because that’s really
where the benefit of being able to ask questions and participate happens. And it’s a little bit easier to
understand what happens in the edchat when you’re kind of watching it happen live. So that is your task for this week. You’ll find when you can search the
hashtag and follow it, if you’re just using the Twitter app
sometimes it gets really crazy and hectic. So tomorrow, on Day 25, we’re going to talk about a third party
application called TweetDeck which is an application that a lot of
educators use when participating in edchats. It
helps you kind of organize columns and it kind of helps you just in
order keep some kind of organization as you’re participating in
edchats. So today just kind of focus on one. Put it on your schedule and then tomorrow we’ll give you a tool that
will make it a little bit easier to manage. So thanks for watching today and we’ll
see you tomorrow on Day 25. Thanks. Thanks for watching Please check out the entire collection of
tips to help teachers use Twitter at

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