You’ve seen it when you visit Twitter – a million and one different hashtags are used every day. Some are actually helpful when you are trying to search for important things like #GOPDebate or #NationalCatDay. Some of them are #completelymadeupandridiculous, either on accident or on purpose.

But one thing is clear – when you use hashtags strategically, you can join popular conversations and strengthen the impact of your tweets. Some best practices when using hashtags include:

  • If you are wondering if others are using a certain keyword for a hashtag, simply enter it into the Twitter search function with the # before it and see what it pulls up.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message will show you all other Tweets using that keyword.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle or end.
  • Don’t use too many hashtags. Three is plenty for one tweet – otherwise it gets too hard to read.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular often become Trending Topics (that’s a whole blog post on its own).

In the education world there are hundreds of hashtags used, and it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing to pick a good one. Here are some of the most popular hashtags in education that we’ve seen. Do you have any you’d like to add? Reply in the comments below or tag us @Getting_Smart in your own tweet and include #edutweets.

  1. #BlendedLearning
  2. #CCChat (Common Core Chat)
  3. #CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
  4. #CommonCore
  5. #CompetencyEd
  6. #Curriculum
  7. #DeeperLearning
  8. #DigLN
  9. #EarlyEd
  10. #EdApp
  11. #EdChat
  12. #EdData
  13. #EdLeaders
  14. #EdPolicy
  15. #EdReform
  16. #EdTech
  17. #EdTechChat
  18. #Edu
  19. #Education
  20. #Educhat
  21. #EduVC
  22. #ELearning
  23. #ElemSchool
  24. #Engagement
  25. #HigherEd
  26. #HighSchool
  27. #Innovation
  28. #K12
  29. #KEdu (Kindergarten)
  30. #Leadership
  31. #LearnerExperience
  32. #Literacy
  33. #MiddleSchool
  34. #NTChat (New Teacher Chat)
  35. #OnlineLearning
  36. #Parents
  37. #PTChat (Parent/Teacher)
  38. #PassionDrive
  39. #PBL
  40. #PBLChat
  41. #PersonalizedLearning
  42. #PLearning
  43. #PreSchool
  44. #SmartParents
  45. #STEM
  46. #Student(s)
  47. #Teacher(s)
  48. #TeacherPD
  49. #artsed (Art)
  50. #finearts
  51. #engchat (English)
  52. #math
  53. #mathchat
  54. #musedchat (Music)
  55. #socialstudies
  56. #sschat (Social Studies)
  57. #scichat (Science)
  58. #langchat (Foreign Language)
  59. #historyteacher
  60. #physed

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