Friday, May 17, 2013

Twitter Chats: Jump On In, the Water is Warm

I’m hosting a Twitter chat on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8pm hashtag: #1to1techat. Next week’s topic is “An examination of the paradigm shift taking place in education (students moving from consumer to creator) and how technology is changing the role of the teacher.”

Info on tonight's #1to1techat chat @ 8pm CST  There are some extremely smart and passionate people who participate, and I hope you can join us! See below for helpful tips on participating in a Twitter chat.

According to Search Engine Journal, "A Twitter chat is much like any other online chat, in which online users gather at a specified time to discuss certain topics or issues. The great thing about Twitter chat is it brings users together from all over the world to a platform where they can interact in real time rather than communicate in a delayed manner through traditional social media postings".

To join a Twitter chat, you must know the #hashtag being used. A #hashtag (#1to1techat) is simply a Twitter function to search for the topic being discussed. The best way to follow Twitter chats is to use an application specifically designed for this purpose. The most popular options are TweetChat, TweetGrid, and TweetDeck. The topics of Twitter chats vary greatly, and the opportunities are largely unlimited. This is wonderful because it means you can use the function for everything from discussing books to promoting your latest venture.

Here is the link to search for content on Twitter for those who do not have accounts. The site will look like this…

When you come to this page, type in one of the following twitter handles or hashtags to search for feeds.

Twitter Handles i.e. the name a person chooses to represent themselves on Twitter:

@NoApp4Pedagogy (My twitter handle) 

Hashtags i.e. Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:

• People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
• Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
• Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
• Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

Search for these hashtags:
#engchat (for English techers) 
#sschat (Social Studies) 
#mathchat (Math) 

Here’s a link to a massive list of hashtags in education

"Search Engine Journal." Search Engine Journal. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013.
Twitter Hashtags for Business. Digital image. Media Funnel. N.p., 17 May 2013. Web.
Twitter-handle. Digital image. The JR Experiemnt. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.

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