The 2012 A-Z List Of Educational Twitter Hashtags

We got so many additions and updates to our 2011 list we thought it was time to bring you the most up-to-date list for 2012. So, without further ado, here’s the 2012 A-Z list of educational Twitter hashtags.

We went through all the comments on the 2011 version, wrote down all the Twitter and Facebook updates, and compiled this list over the course of several months. What follows is our best effort to bring you the biggest and baddest list of hashtags.

I’m sure we still missed some as new hashtags seemingly pop up every day. In any case, let us know what we missed in the comments or on our Facebook page!

First, some background to get you up to speed on what the heck a hashtag is. If you already know, then you can skip down a few paragraphs.

First, What’s A Hashtag?

Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense.

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring.

For example, the popular hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. It makes it easy (sort of) for people to monitor what’s happening in the conversation rather than having to try and guess what topics you should search for. By having a conversation on Twitter using hashtags, you also make it easy for any other Twitter user to join in.

How To Hide Your Hashtag Chat From Followers

When having a Twitter #hashtag chat, if you want to avoid overwhelming your followers, start any tweet you want to “hide” with @HideChat or (one character shorter) @HideTag. (Do NOT follow @HideChat or @HideTag. They exist only to help you hide your Twitter chats.) NOTE: This also works when live-tweeting events or shows.

You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). But it’s a good idea to do it with most of them so as not to overwhelm folks. You could also use this for conversations with someone that you didn’t want others to notice in your timeline, although direct messages would work best for that.

Sources

That’s why it’s probably helpful for you to check out the following list of popular educational hashtags. They have been sourced from the comments in the 2011 post, curated by Cybraryman as well as by the Creative Education blog, tweetsmarter.com our personal usage list and hashtags.org.

The Most Popular Hashtags

  • #edchat – Education, worldwide (lots of US teachers). A really useful hashtag if you are interested in tweeting with a wide range of educators worldwide.
  • #schools – Massively wide ranging but used far less than #edchat or #ukedchat
  • #teaching – This hashtag seems to largely be used for jobseeking, FYI
  • #lrnchat – Learning chat
  • #TTTeacher Tuesday where educators suggest others to follow
  • #kinderchathashtag for discussing kindergarten aged children
  • #EdChatIE – The educational hashtag for Ireland for all three levels
  • #ukedchat – UK Education
  • #ClavEdThe educational hashtag for French Speakers – Wednesdays at 12h(EST) 13h(ATL) 18h(Paris)
  • #GlobalEd – Education with a global dimension

Technology

  • #edtech – a very wide range of tweets relating to the use of technology in education.
  • #elearning – eLearning topics
  • #mlearning – the use of mobile technologies in education, also #mobilelearning though this is less used
  • #edapp – educational apps
  • #gbl - games based learning
  • #slide2learniDevices and learning
  • #vitalcpd – effective use of technology in the classroom

Subject Specific

Specific Areas / Roles

  • #pgce – this is a widely used hashtag and is a great way to share ideas and support
  • #gtchat – for tweets related to gifted and talented education
  • #esl – English as a second language, this seemed to have more relevant tweets than #EFL
  • #Bullying – especially good for finding bullying resources or help and support if bullying is an issue though it is not confined to school bullying
  • #cpchat – connected principals discussion
  • #ntchat - new teachers, (#nqtchat seems to have lapsed)
  • #spedchat – special educational needs. Live chat every Tuesday night at 8:30 EST for special education related topics
  • #homeschool – everything related to home schooling, seems to be far more widely used than #hsc
  • #playoutdoorsoutdoor play and learning ideas
  • #TLChat – is the hashtag for Teacher Librarians’ discussions/resources
  • #ESDGC – Education for sustainability and global citizenship

The Full List of (Nearly) All Educational Hashtags

  1. #1stchat
  2. #2E
  3. #2ekids
  4. #2ndchat
  5. #3rdchat
  6. #4thchat
  7. #5thchat
  8. #6thchat
  9. #ACT
  10. #addcym
  11. #addcym
  12. #adhd
  13. #admin
  14. #afterschool
  15. #ageduchat
  16. #aimlang
  17. #AltEd
  18. #AltEdchat
  19. #apbio
  20. #apush
  21. #archives
  22. #arteacher
  23. #arted
  24. #artsed
  25. #artsed
  26. #ascd
  27. #asechat
  28. #aspergers
  29. #assessment
  30. #assistivetech
  31. #atplc
  32. #atrisk
  33. #Autism
  34. #bcpted (Britich Columbia Pre-service Teacher Education)
  35. #beltfree
  36. #bettercollege
  37. #betterlearning
  38. #bhm
  39. #bilingual
  40. #biology
  41. #bizedu
  42. #BlackEd
  43. #blackhistory
  44. #blackhistorymonth
  45. #BlendedLearning
  46. #blogchat
  47. #books
  48. #bullying
  49. #careered
  50. #cells4ed
  51. #childcare
  52. #children
  53. #classroom_displays
  54. #classroom_rules
  55. #classroom20
  56. #classrooms
  57. #coachchat
  58. #collaboration
  59. #collegechat
  60. #comments4kids
  61. #communication
  62. #connectedpd
  63. #counselors
  64. #cpchat
  65. #cpchat (Connected Principals)
  66. #cte
  67. #CUAD (College Unions & Activities Discussion)
  68. #curriculum
  69. #cybersafety
  70. #dadstalking
  71. #dernsw
  72. #dicasdeingles
  73. #digcit
  74. #directinstruction
  75. #disted
  76. #diversedu
  77. #DUedchat
  78. #dyslexia
  79. #e-safety
  80. #e20
  81. #eadsunday
  82. #earlyed
  83. #ece
  84. #ecetech
  85. #ecosys
  86. #ecosys (Change in Public Ed)
  87. #ecse
  88. #ed20
  89. #edACT
  90. #edaction
  91. #edadmin
  92. #edadmin
  93. #edapp
  94. #edapp
  95. #edappadfree
  96. #edbnchat
  97. #edbuzz
  98. #edchat
  99. #edchat
  100. #edchatIE
  101. #edgap
  102. #edleaders
  103. #EdPolicy
  104. #edreform
  105. #EdRes
  106. #edschools
  107. #edsci
  108. #edtech
  109. #edtech
  110. #edtech
  111. #edtecharab
  112. #edu
  113. #edubk
  114. #edublog
  115. #educachat
  116. #educachat
  117. #educacion
  118. #educared
  119. #education
  120. #educators
  121. #educhat
  122. #educon
  123. #educon
  124. #edugreen
  125. #eduit
  126. #edupd
  127. #edutech
  128. #EduThingsILike
  129. #EduVC
  130. #efl
  131. #ela
  132. #elearning
  133. #elearning
  134. #elemchat
  135. #elemchat
  136. #elementary
  137. #ell
  138. #ellchat
  139. #ellchat
  140. #elt
  141. #ELTchat
  142. #engchat
  143. #engedu
  144. #english
  145. #english-teacher
  146. #enrichingkids
  147. #enviroed
  148. #esl
  149. #esol
  150. #expandedlearning
  151. #fb4ed
  152. #FETC
  153. #finnedchat
  154. #flatclassroom
  155. #flipclass
  156. #followalibrarian
  157. #followfriday
  158. #foodtechteachers
  159. #forteachers
  160. #FYCchat (College Writing Profs)
  161. #gbl
  162. #gct
  163. #geographyteacher
  164. #gifted #grandparentlessons
  165. #graphic_organizers
  166. #great-teaching
  167. #grtechedu
  168. #gt
  169. #gtaa
  170. #gtadmin
  171. #gtchat
  172. #gtchat
  173. #gted
  174. #gtie
  175. #gtie (Gifted & Talented in Ireland)
  176. #GTvoice
  177. #guidechat
  178. #health
  179. #healthed
  180. #highered
  181. #highschool
  182. #hiphoped
  183. #hiphoped
  184. #history
  185. #historyteacher
  186. #homeschool
  187. #homeschoolers
  188. #homeschooling
  189. #hs
  190. #hsc
  191. #hsc (Homeschool)
  192. #i-can-teach-you
  193. #i-teach
  194. #infolit
  195. #ingles
  196. #inglesparavaler
  197. #innochat (Innovation)
  198. #inspiringed
  199. #iowa1to1
  200. #iPadChat
  201. #ipm
  202. #isedchat (Ind. Schools)
  203. #iwb
  204. #IWBusers
  205. #jalt
  206. #journalism
  207. #journchat (Journalists)
  208. #k12
  209. #k12Live
  210. #k12media
  211. #K12Media
  212. #k12online
  213. #kedu
  214. #kedu (Kindergarten)
  215. #kids
  216. #kindergarten
  217. #langchat
  218. #languagearts
  219. #languages
  220. #LD
  221. #learn
  222. #learning
  223. #learningdispositions
  224. #lessonplans
  225. #librarians
  226. #library
  227. #linkedin
  228. #litchat
  229. #literacy
  230. #littlekids
  231. #liveclass
  232. #lrnchat
  233. #lrnchat (Learning)
  234. #mashable
  235. #math
  236. #mathchat
  237. #mathchat
  238. #middleschool
  239. #midleved
  240. #midleved (Middle School)
  241. #mlearning
  242. #mobilelearning
  243. #moodle
  244. #motivationalmonday
  245. #mpln
  246. #multi-media
  247. #musedchat
  248. #musedchat
  249. #museum
  250. #musiced
  251. #musicmonday
  252. #musictech
  253. #mustech
  254. #naeyc
  255. #NCLB
  256. #ncss
  257. #ncte
  258. #newEdblogs
  259. #newmedia
  260. #ning
  261. #nomoremyths
  262. #nptech
  263. #nswdec
  264. #nswk6
  265. #ntcamp
  266. #ntchat
  267. #ntchat (New Teacher)
  268. #ntqchat
  269. #nwp
  270. #OLTips
  271. #onecom (One Comment)
  272. #onlinelearning
  273. #opened
  274. #openhs
  275. #oxteach
  276. #parentgirls
  277. #parenting
  278. #parents
  279. #passiondriven
  280. #PATeach
  281. #PATeach (Pennsylvania Teachers)
  282. #PCTParents
  283. #pde
  284. #PE
  285. #pedagoo
  286. #PedagooFriday
  287. #pegeeks
  288. #pgce
  289. #physed
  290. #pin
  291. #playoutdoors
  292. #PLE
  293. #plnfit
  294. #prek
  295. #preknow
  296. #preschool
  297. #preservice
  298. #primarysources
  299. #profdev
  300. #ptchat
  301. #ptchat (Parent-Teacher)
  302. #QRcodes
  303. #qrinedu
  304. #rbrc
  305. #readers
  306. #reading
  307. #readwriteweb
  308. #reteacher
  309. #rethinkschool
  310. #RttT
  311. #ruraled
  312. #SAchat
  313. #SAChat (Student Affairs)
  314. #sagrow
  315. #SAT
  316. #school
  317. #schoolcounseling
  318. #schooldistricts
  319. #schoolprchat
  320. #schools (Massively wide ranging but used far less than #edchat or #ukedchat)
  321. #schools2life
  322. #sciafterschool
  323. #scichat
  324. #scichat
  325. #science
  326. #sciencecenter
  327. #secondary
  328. #secondlife
  329. #sgachat
  330. #SIGMS
  331. #slideshare
  332. #slidetolearn
  333. #slms
  334. #slpeeps
  335. #SLPsnQs
  336. #smart
  337. #smartboards
  338. #smchat
  339. #smchat (Social Media)
  340. #smedu
  341. #smmanners
  342. #social-media
  343. #socialstudies
  344. #socmedfored
  345. #spanishchat
  346. #speakloudly
  347. #specialneeds
  348. #sped
  349. #spedchat (Special Ed)
  350. #speech
  351. #sschat
  352. #stdntchat
  353. #STEM
  354. #strugglingreaders
  355. #students
  356. #studentteacher
  357. #studyfun
  358. #summerlearning
  359. #TCEA
  360. #tck
  361. #teach
  362. #teach-me
  363. #TeachChat
  364. #teacher-librarian
  365. #teacher-librarian
  366. #teachers
  367. #teachertraining
  368. #teachertuesday
  369. #teaching
  370. #teachpreschool
  371. #tech
  372. #technology
  373. #tefl
  374. #temt
  375. #tesol
  376. #thinkingguides
  377. #tichat
  378. #titletalk
  379. #titletalk (Librarians – Books)
  380. #tlchat
  381. #tlchat
  382. #tools
  383. #TSETC
  384. #TT
  385. #tt4t
  386. #tweachers
  387. #tweatre
  388. #tweatre
  389. #twitacad
  390. #twitterstorians
  391. #twittertips
  392. #twituts
  393. #twote
  394. #ukedchat
  395. #ukedchat
  396. #urbaned
  397. #visualthinking
  398. #vitalcpd
  399. #web20
  400. #web20chat
  401. #web20wednesday
  402. #wirelessedtech
  403. #WLteach
  404. #writechat
  405. #writegoal
  406. #writers
  407. #writing
  408. #writingmod
  409. #yalitchat

Using Twitter in the Classroom

So now you have 300+ hashtags at your disposal…now what? Put them to good use and start using Twitter in the Classroom!

There’s a Google Doc out there right now that’s quickly becoming a tremendous resource. 100 (and counting) people have joined @tombarrett and have been collaborating on it in order to build what is quite possibly one of the best presentations on using Twitter in the classroom I’ve ever seen.

The best part? The presentation lives on Google Docs and is constantly being updated by an array of people. You can edit it too! Just click here to add the presentation to your Google Docs and start adding your $0.02 (or more if you can spare it). I’ve embedded the presentation below so you can see for yourself some of these outstanding tips and tricks.

From geotagging tweets to creating a multimedia class newspaper, it’s all there. enjoy!

Why Hashtags Matter

In the world of education and social media, it doesn’t really matter how many followers you have on Twitter.

Before you jump down my throat, hear me out. There are a couple big reasons this is true:

Hashtags level the playing field. Educators on Twitter, especially #edchatters, don’t pay attention to a particular user’s number of Twitter followers during #edchat (Tuesday afternoon and evenings). For example, if someone says something noteworthy and it has the hashtag #edchat attached to it, it will appear in all the streams of people monitoring the conversation.

12 Comments

  1. Shelley K.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    How about #edfunding? I wish more people would talk about it …

  2. Helena G

    June 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

    #AdultEducTESOL (ideas on Teaching English to Adult Speakers of Other Languages), #TeacherEduc & #PrincEdU (Principles & Principals in Education) may be worth pointing out…

  3. Andreas Link

    June 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    #oer !

  4. Andy Knill

    June 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    #DLChat for growing UK based Digital leader network
    #SOLO work on Solo taxonomy from Pam Hook, NZ
    #geogsolo geographers working with solo
    #scisolo science teachers
    #engeolo Enhlish teachers

  5. Linda Lindsay

    June 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    #ipaded is a must-add to this great list.

  6. Michael Walker

    July 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Surprised that #EduWin did not make the list.

  7. @9dognight

    July 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Pls add & RT: #SpaceEd for space education resources, links, info & opportunities for #K12 educators and/or students. Thx!

    Thanks for this post and resource! <3 the use of the creative tweet image.

  8. Justin

    July 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    These are great. Going to be posting them on my @CdnOHS account for our new Canadian Online High School! (www.canadianonlinehighschool.com)

  9. Kyle Lichtenwald

    August 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    #socialjusticeED
    #ecoED
    #placebasedED
    #deschool
    #criticalED

  10. Ove Christensen

    August 11, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Only English language chats qualify?
    Lots of National chats as #skolechat for Danish Educators

  11. John Bennett

    August 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Don’t forget #pblchat and #pbl

  12. caroline brand

    October 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Do you have any health or medical hashtags?