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.

You can even download the entire Essential #Edchat Resource Guide as a PDF, brought to you by USC Rossier’s online master of arts in teaching.

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.

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.

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.

 

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).

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.

How can you participate in #edchat? Search #edchat on twitter. Jump into a conversation or join in on one of the organized #edchat discussions on Tuesdays.

WHAT CAN #EDCHAT DO FOR YOU?

WHAT CAN TWITTER & #EDCHAT DO FOR YOUR STUDENTS?

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