#Edchat: Join the Conversation

Over 1000 educators have participated in #edchat discussions. Will you collaborate with us to create educational change?

Although relatively new, #edchat has become an incredible collaborative tool for educators to debate and evaluate solutions to various problems through Twitter. Over 1000 educators and administrators have contributed to the #edchat discussions from various countries around the world. In what other forum would this be possible?

Watch the video and see what #edchat is about:

Details, Details…

Some confusion remains regarding #edchat, therefore here are some helpful tips, links, and recommendations:

  • When does #edchat take place? Tuesday is a common Twitter day for teachers made popular by the #teachertuesday hashtag created by Aniya, @TheEngTeacher. To accommodate teachers in various time zones we have two edchat discussions which take place usually around 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST).
  • How is #edchat different from #teachertuesday?#Edchat is the official discussion forum of #teachertuesday. However, each hashtag serves a different purpose. Here are some guidelines:
    • You should use #TeacherTuesday to recommend educators to follow, educational blogs, and links. Please visit this post to find out more information about #TeacherTuesday.
    • You should use #edchat for discussions between educators on thought-provoking topics. There are designated times for the larger discussions, but if you are already engaged in a lively discussion with 2 or more educators on a topic that would benefit educators, then feel free to use the hashtag.
  • What is a hashtag? Check out this video to discover what a hashtag is and how to use a hashtag. Every Tuesday, at the designated time, you only need to add “#edchat” to the end of your tweet to participate in the discussion!
  • How are Topics Chosen? Every Sunday, Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and I (ShellTerrell) create a twtpoll of 5 topics to choose from for Tuesday’s discussion. Just follow one of us or the #edchat tag so you do not miss your opportunity to vote on a topic. You may also propose topics to any of us by sending us a Tweet or DM!
  • For more information on #edchat you may want to look at my previous post, What is #Edchat?

Posts Associated with #Edchat

The following bloggers have fantastic posts, which explain more details about #Edchat topics, organization, problems, and more:

More #Edchat Mentions

The bloggers listed above have greatly contributed to the organization and flow of #edchat. Additional educators who continue to keep #edchat discussions thought-provoking and organized include:

  • Tom Whitby- His continual behind-the-scenes collaboration and proposing of topics keeps #edchat discussions thriving as does his guidance in the discussions.
  • Steven Anderson- A behind-the-scenes collaborator who proposes topics, creates polls, and guides the discussions.
  • Jerry Swiatek- Continually archives #edchat discussions with The Archivist software.
  • Ruth Cohenson- Provided the fantastic quote for the #edchat video.
  • ALL EDUCATORS who have participated in the discussions, voted for topics, or retweeted #edchat news!!!!

Other Educational Hashtag Discussions

Before #Edchat were other educational synchronous Twitter discussions, visits these posts for details:

  • #Lrnchat, which takes place Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST / 5:30-7pm PST
  • In March through May, was #educhat and #journchat here’s a great wiki to help you plan synchronous Twitter discussions!

Challenge:

Join us in an #edchat discussion this Tuesday!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, is ranked as one of the top 10 language teaching and technology blogs and the 50 best blogs for education leaders. In 2012 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education and participate with over 7000 educators worldwide in this online professional development course that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Shelly has taught English language learners at various levels since 1998 in the US, Greece, and in Germany. She currently presents and hosts workshops on integrating technology effectively with young learners and adults. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix.

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