The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags

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

First, What’s A Hashtag?

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

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. Click here to learn more about why Twitter follower counts aren’t as important as you may think.

 

67 Comments

  1. @CarolTang1

    October 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Very useful list and tips! Thanks for sharing this.

    You could also add #afterschool, #sciafterschool, #expandedlearning, #summerlearning and other hashtags related to education in out-of-school time–you could even include #museum and #sciencecenter! Those of us serving young people have a lot to share with each other.

    • Edudemic

      October 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks, will update the list!

  2. @benpaddlejones

    October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing, you don't have #pegeeks it's a global discussion hashtag for Health & Physical education teachers.

    Ben :-)

    • Edudemic

      October 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      I\’ll update. Thanks!!

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  4. Fearghal

    October 4, 2011 at 2:14 am

    You could also add #pedagoo and #PedagooFriday

  5. Jeannette James

    October 4, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Any Food tech teachers out there?

    This is very cool. Keen to try. Peel whole head of garlic in 10sec t.co/VVHr0kHX
    #foodtechteachers
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  7. Brandi Jordan

    October 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    You forgot #TeachChat that meets every other Wednesday night at 9pm EST.

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  9. Hilary

    October 8, 2011 at 12:01 am

    How about #IWBusers for educators using interactive whiteboards..

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  11. @ukedchat

    October 10, 2011 at 3:26 am

    A brilliant list. There are country specific education chat hash tags as well, such as #ukedchat and #addcym This list could be huge.

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  21. donalynbooks

    December 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Thank you for including #titletalk on your list. It’s not a chat solely for librarians, though. It’s cohosted by two English/language arts teachers and the chat focuses on reading instruction as well as book recommendations.

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  24. gwynethanne

    December 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    This is just brilliant! @librarianbyday Bobbi Newman (who is AWEsome!) Tweeted this & it is just a thrill to see such a comprehensive list! I’ve already @sqworl ed it away!

    Though I must get my TL Geek Tribe pom poms out & say that #TLChat was voted BEST Twitter Hashtag by Edublogs this week #Eddies11! http://edublogawards.com/announcing-the-2011-winners-congrats-to-all/

    Cheers!

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  31. TheCLILForum

    December 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Great and extremely useful post! Thanks for sharing this information.

    I would also add #clil to the list. This hashtag contains interesting tweets on ‘Content and Language Integrated Learning’ methodology.

    Cheers and… Happy New Year!!

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  33. theatrerachel

    December 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    FYI: #tweatre is used for tweets about Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences!

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  38. NicholasEndlich

    January 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

    #physed and #pegeeks – are two for Physical Education teachers that are great. I’ll have to share the list in an upcoming PD session, thanks.

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  40. Learning4Every1

    January 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Missed one – not that I’m complaining, or failing to appreciate the wonderful effort! But #enviroed is a helpful one for those interested in environmental education. Thank you so much!

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  49. natashakardos

    March 3, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I think you should add #bcpted as a Britich Columbia Pre-service Teacher Educaition hashtag!

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    July 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Amazing hashtags for edtech people’s.. Delightful

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    #SBG and #SBAR are used for “Standards-Based Grading” and “Standards-Based Assessment and Reporting”
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