Exercise 2 – Hashtag search

hashtagTwitter, the social media service, has also been voted the top online educational tool by learning professionals for several years running [1]. It can be a very good way to stay up-to-date with current issues in teaching and learning.

One way to use Twitter for educational purposes and professional development is to search for particular “hashtags” on different subjects (see more about hastags here). For example, three common hashtags for education are the following: #edchat, #teachchat, #healthed.

In this exercise, click on the links below to open up new tabs with Twitter searches for those hashtags. You will see lots of people posting and discussing many topics that relate to those subjects.

  • #edchat – a general discussion of educators around the world
  • #teachchat – a discussion among teachers and their classrooms
  • #healthed – a general discussion of health educators around the world

Optional – Sign up for Twitter and join the conversations.

[1] Source: Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012