TweetDeck is a place where you can organize different conversations you want to follow in columns. You can create columns for all kinds of things including notifications, mentions, follows, and more. I have been making ample use of the Search columns to follow different hashtag conversations. You can have the columns sort things out for that you don’t want to see. For example, you can turn off retweets, include only posts in a certain language, only certain users, or only posts that have a certain number of favorites. I have been using TweetDeck to follow interesting conversations.
I would never have heard about James Patterson giving money to school libraries had it not been for a post in #edchat. I love applying for grants. Way cool.
One of the confusing parts about Twitter is all the hashtags others are using. What does it all mean? I think part of figuring out Twitter is figuring out the hashtags! I found the Complete Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Educators which is a good place to go to find some interesting conversations to follow. The two I started following are the #ibpyp (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program) and #urbaned.
Chats are a time when people all agree to be online at the same time posting on Twitter. The pace is lively and the conversation stimulating. At first I wasn’t sure how they were organized, or how the time was decided. I’m pretty sure that the chats are just started by people who are interested in starting one!
In my eagerness to jump on in to Twitter, I noticed a chat happening in #aledchat and started tweeting responses before I figured out what the hashtag stood for! I really enjoyed the great discussion and it eventually dawned on me that the al was actually AL, as in Alabama! There were others there hanging out in the chat who were not from Alabama, so I didn’t feel too bad. I think I’ll check out the chat again next week too.
The google search [twitter teacher chats] lead to some helpful results including Cybraryman’s page on Twitter chats and the Google calendar of Teacher Twitter Chats. The Google calendar lists nearly a gazillion chats, has a function to click on your timezone so you don’t have to translate times, and is a good place to look up hashtags (use ctrl f).
Chats I’m interested in include the following. All times in PST.
- 5pm #musedchat (music education)
- 6pm #ellchat (English language learners)
- 6pm #kinderchat (kindergarten and early education)
- 7pm #aledchat (Alabama education)
- 7pm #MexEdChat (bilingual English/Spanish chat, founders from Mexico, every other week)
- 4pm #edchat (education, very busy chat)
- 6pm #elmused (elementary music education)
- 5pm #ntchat (new teachers)
- 4:30pm #artsed (arts in education)
- 6pm #TbookC (teacher’s book club)
- 6am #nt2t (new teachers to twitter)
- 6am #sunchat (Sunday education chat)
- 6pm #ccsschat (common core state standards)
- 7pm #TMchat (thinking maps)
I’m looking forward to what week three on Twitter will bring!