- November 1, 2016
- Posted by: Jamie Russell
A Twitter Chat is a live Twitter event, usually moderated and focused around a specific topic. To filter tweets into a single conversation, a hashtag is used. A set time is also established so that the moderator, guest or host is available to engage in the conversation.
Participating in a Twitter Chat
1. Start by logging into your Twitter account.
2. In the search bar, search for the hashtag associated with the chat you want to participate in. In the example below, Education Technology Chat is searched for by #EdTechChat
3. Twitter automatically sorts the tweets by popularity. To follow a chat in real time, you should sort by Live. This will list the most recent tweet first.
You will need to continue to refresh your browser to load new Tweets.
4. When posting to the chat, or replying to a post in the chat, always include the hashtag for the chat so that your tweet shows up.
Some people choose to use TweetDeck, or other tools, to help them manage hashtag, lists, and tweets much easier.
Ways to Use Twitter for Teaching and Learning
Many educators suggest that Twitter Chats have been more valuable to them than any other type of professional learning. The information gained from these chats can make a profound difference in improving your professional practice and can inspire you in ways that you never thought were possible. These chats also provide you with a unique opportunity to connect with educators around the world.
Click here for a list of Educational Twitter Chats by topic, date, and time.
Earn Your Badge!
- Participate in a Twitter Chat by posting at least one tweet to the chat (not including introductions at the beginning).
- In the space below, give your Twitter handle, the name of the chat and hashtag, and the date of the chat AND a link to or a screenshot of a tweet you tweeted in the tweet chat.
(Created by Mehlville SD’s Transformative Learning Studio; modified by Jamie Russell.)