Talking about Twitter brings to mind the power of hashtags. According to Twitter Help Center the symbol #, called hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already posted a guide on the use of hashtags in education. Check it out HERE
Below is a list of the Edublog Award finalistsfor the best Twitter hashtag for education in 2012
1- # comments4kids
Comments4Kids is a way for students and teachers to find blogs to comment on and to get their own posts commented on.
2- # edchat
This is for educators from all around the glob and one of my favorites You can use it to explore and exchange tweets with a wide range of teachers and also get to discover some of the trending topics in education.
3- # edchatie
This is where educators and teachers meet to chat and share their experiences..
4- # edtech
This is another great and popular hashtag for educators interested in discovering educational tools and tips about the integration of technology in education.
5- # eltchat
#ELTchat started in September 2010 when a group of #ELTchat professionals began to use twitter to discuss topics of interest to English Language Teachers. It began with the aim of creating a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development.
6- # gamemooc
This is a hashtag for everything that has to do with gamed based learning
7- # mlearning
This is a hashtag dedicated to the use of mobile technologies in education
8-# ntchat ( new Teacher chat )
This chat was created to provide weekly mentoring and focus on the needs of new, new to the profession and pre-service teachers.
9- # pedagoofriday
This is another great hashtag for teachers and educators. It provides resources and links related to education
10 # ptchat ( Parent Chat )
As its name indicates #ptchat is for parents
#Satchat is a great example of the power of social media to improve education, and the benefit of expanding an educator's Personal Learning Network (PLN).
This is a great community of speech language peeps ( professionals )
13 # Spedchat
This is a twitter hashtag used for daily, continuous research and resource sharing on issues related to and effecting students with disabilities,
14 # Thewonderofwonder
This one is for teachers, educators, students, librarians, and writers to discover and discuss the wonders of learning.
15 # Titletalk
Home to the great conversations about how to best promote reading to our students and the titles we can share with them (and each other).
16- # Tlchat
This is a place where teachers and librarians meet and discuss educational topics
This is the winner of this year best hashtag. It is basically a student-led initiative to fight bullying.
Here are some subject specific hashtags
: The Arts in education
: English Language teachers
: Social Studies chat
#HistoryTeacher : History
Cybraryman has also compiled a great comprehensive list of educational hashtags more than 60. Here a snapshot of his page, you can visit it to explore that list