The Essential #Edchat Resource Guide
We’ve been involved in #Edchat for the past few years as @USCTeacher and recently started doing weekly recaps about the noon EST chat. We have learned so much from this community and are fascinated by the educators who offer amazing support, helpful resources and useful advice via Twitter on #Edchat and other education Twitter chats.
Even though #Edchat has grown immensely since its inception, we know that many teachers still don’t know what #Edchat is. Some teachers have not even started using Twitter to build their personal learning network (PLN). Since we believe #Edchat is an essential tool for teachers, we created the Essential #Edchat Resource Guide. This guide will help newbies learn about #Edchat while also providing #Edchat experts with a one-stop-shop for articles by #Edchat founders and thought leaders.
WHAT IS #EDCHAT?
#Edchat is a hashtag, a movement—it is a weekly organized Twitter discussion of educators and people interested in education that meet virtually from all over the world. #Edchat serves as a conversation thread on Twitter and is also used for organized weekly discussions.
- Cybrary Man’s #Edchat page by #Edchat team member Jerry Blumengarten
- What is #Edchat? by #Edchat co-founder Shelly Terrell
- #Edchat Revisited by #Edchat co-founder Tom Whitby
HOW DID #EDCHAT START?
#Edchat started with a simple question: How can educators keep up with education related discussions on Twitter? Seasoned education professionals Shelly Terrell, Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson founded #Edchat in July 2009 and began weekly organized Twitter chats in which each participant uses the hashtag #Edchat to follow the discussion. Every Monday participants vote on the discussion topics. The highest vote is the main chat topic, and the second highest vote is the noon topic.
- A Brief History of #Edchat by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
- #Edchat: Join the Conversation by #Edchat co-founder Shelly Terrell
WHEN IS #EDCHAT?
Moderated #Edchat discussions happen every Tuesday at 7p.m. EDT. There is also a 12p.m. EDT chat for people that cannot attend the afternoon chat and for international participants. The hashtag is also used throughout the week to alert others about education-related topics, articles and resources.
- Complete #Edchat Archives by #Edchat archivist Jerry Swiatek
- #Edchat Radio by #Edchat co founder Tom Whitby, #Edchat team and #Edchat participants
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN #EDCHAT?
Anyone can participate in #Edchat by using the hashtag #Edchat in each tweet. There are over 250 education-related Twitter discussions that also happen weekly and are more focused on one particular topic, such as social studies teacher chat (#sschat) or new teachers chat (#NTchat).
- Official Weekly Education Twitter Chats List compiled by @thomascmurray,
@cevans5095 and @cybraryman1
- Some More Twitter Chats Worth Checking Out by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
NEW TO TWITTER OR TO TWITTER CHATS?
If so, it’s important to read about #Edchat, look over the #Edchat archives and listen to #Edchat Radio first. Then, try the new teachers to Twitter chat (#Nt2t) on Saturdays 8–9a.m. CDT to practice participating in a Twitter chat. You can also find a Twitter mentor to help you out or participate with a friend or fellow teacher! Set up a time when you can both join in on a Twitter chat to practice together.
WHAT CAN #EDCHAT DO FOR YOU?
- Why Twitter Chats Matter by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
- How Does #Edchat Connect Educators? by #Edchat co-founder Tom Whitby on
- New Teacher Chat by Lisa Dabbs
- Twitter for Professional Development by Dianne Krause
- Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development? by The Hechinger Report
- Twitter-Supported Personal Learning Network to Individualize Professional
Development by Dr. Will Deyamport
- Professional Development, on Your Time, Your Way by #Edchat co-founder
- Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers by Edudemic
- Social Media’s Impact on Professional Development by USC Rossier Online’s Sarah Fudin
- Idea Paths: Wonderful #Edchat Example by Maureen Devlin
WHAT CAN TWITTER & #EDCHAT DO FOR YOUR STUDENTS?
- 7 Things I Learned from Teaching with Twitter by Natascha Chtena on Inside Higher Ed
- 35 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
- Twitter: Empowering Student Voices by Teach.com’s Michelle Manno
- Twitter in Schools: A Guide to Getting Started by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
- 5 Teachers Using Twitter in their Classrooms Around the World by USC Rossier Online’s Stephanie Echeveste
- Why (And How) Teachers and Students Should Backchannel by Edudemic
- Twitter in the Classroom: Engage Your Screenagers in 140 Characters or Less – ISTE 2014 by Nick LaFave
- Tweeting Down the Classroom Walls by EdSurge
- Building Communities in the Classroom by Edutopia
- Do It From the Classroom by Paula White
- Social Networking Goes to Schools by Education Week’s Digital Directions
WHAT CAN #EDCHAT DO FOR EDUCATION?
- The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags by Edudemic
- Board the Bullet Train: The Culture of Connectedness by #Edchat co-founder Tom Whitby on EdSurge
- #Edchat: How Twitter and Social Media are Changing Education Reform by Teacher Tube
- Flipping…It’s Not Just for the Classroom by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
- It’s Not About the Technology, It’s About the Experiences by #Edchat co-founder Shelly Terrell on EdSurge
- Thinking About Redefining Professional Development by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
- You Know You’re a Connected Educator When… by EdSurge
- So You Are Connected, Now What? by #Edchat co-founder Steven Anderson
- Can We Use Personal Networks to Create Real Reform? by Edutopia
- How Twitter Tore Down My District’s Walls by Pam Moran on EdSurge
- One Hashtag Helps Educators Change their Schools in Center for Digital Education
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