So you’ve decided to start developing your Personal Learning Network (PLN). You’ve created a Twitter account, and started following all the key voices in education. Now how do you start getting involved on a deeper level? Hashtags.

When used properly, education hashtags can help you take part in important conversations and make valuable connections whether you’re a teacher, principal or superintendent. Some hashtags are genuinely helpful when you are trying to search for important things like #GOPDebate or #NationalCatDay, while some of them are #completelymadeupandridiculous, either on accident or on purpose.

Some best practices for educators wanting to up their hashtag game 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).

About a million and one (actually, probably even more) different hashtags are used every day, and it can all be a bit overwhelming. How can you know which you should be following in the education world? Here are some of the most popular education hashtags that we’ve seen, starting with some easy ones and then getting a bit more into the weeds. Once you’ve taken a look through these, check out Participate’s live Twitter chats!

General Interest Edu Hashtags:

1) #EdChat
2) #EdLeaders
3) #Edu
4) #Education
5) #Educhat
6) #Parents
7) #Principals
8) #Student(s)
9) #Teacher(s)
10) #Superintendents

Instructional Practices:

11) #BlendedLearning
12) #CompetencyEd (#CBE)
13) #Curriculum
14) #DeeperLearning
15) #DesignThinking
16) #FormativeAssessment
17) #FormativeChat
18) #HQPBL
19) #GrowthMindset
20) #MakerEd
21) #MasteryChat
22) #MasteryBased
23) #PBL
24) #PBLChat
25) #PersonalizedLearning
26) #PlaceBasedEd
27) #PLearning
28) #ProjectBased

School Design:

29) #ClassroomDesign
30) #CharterSchools
31) #CommunityEngagement
32) #LearnerExperience
33) #Makerspace
34) #Montessori
35) #PublicSchools
36) #SchoolCulture
37) #StudentCentered
38) #StudentChoice
39) #StudentEngagement
40) #StudentLed
41) #StudentVoice

21st-Century Skills:

42) #21stCenturySkills
43) #21stedchat
44) #DigitalCitizenship
45) #GlobalEd
46) #GlobalEdChat
47) #GrowthMindset
48) #SEL
49) #SmartPlanet

EdTech:

50) #DigLN
51) #EdApp
52) #EdData
53) #EdTech
54) #EdTechChat
55) #EduVC
56) #ELearning

Equality in Education:

57) #AchievementGap
58) #EdGap
59) #EdEquity
60) #Educolor
61) #ELLs

Subject Areas:

62) #ArtsEd (Art)
63) #CompSci
64) #Coding
65) #CTE
66) #engchat (English)
67) #historyteacher
68) #Langchat (Foreign Language)
69) #Literacy
70) #Math
71) #Mathchat
72) #MusEdchat (Music)
73) #PhysEd
74) #SocialStudies
75) #SSchat (Social Studies)
76) #Scichat (Science)
77) #STEM
78) #STEMchat

Networking and PD:

79) #CollaborativePD
80) #LifelongLearning
81) #NTChat (New Teacher Chat)
82) #OnlineLearning
83) #PersonalizedPD
84) #PLN
85) #ProfDev
86) #PTChat (Parent/Teacher)
87) #TeacherPD

Education Policy:

88) #CCChat (Common Core Chat)
89) #CCSS (Common Core State Standards)
90) #CommonCore
91) #EdPolicy
92) #EdReform
93) #ESSA

Grade Level:

94) #EarlyEd
95) #ElemSchool
96) #HigherEd
97) #HighSchool
98) #K12
99) #MiddleSchool
100) #PreSchool

Did we miss any active, engaging Twitter conversations? Reply in the comments below, or tag @Getting_Smart in your own tweet!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. A collection of original sketchnotes for education
    And period chats about them can be found at #fantabulosity

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