Day 14: Edtech Twitter Chats

Day 14: Edtech Twitter Chats

June 14, 2021 Off By JR

I almost jumped in and started listing hashtags I follow, but looking at the prompt again I see it’s “chats” specifically. Earlier in my time on Twitter I think I saw a lot more chats, although they didn’t necessarily follow the format of #topicchat. In my early days I recall #literacies and #digped being chats I’d pay attention to when they were running. They were pretty free form, and nearly impossible to keep on top of while they were happening, which so many spin off threads. Tweetdeck helped a lot. After that I hear about chats occasionally. I think each province for example has a k12 education chat, for example #SKedchat.

I’ve found that just following lists of people, and a couple of general hashtags is about how I engage on Twitter. The chat format I don’t find super useful for the work I do to be honest. However, aside from direct connections and some loose community connections there are two things I found really useful and interesting that make use of hashtags:

  1. PressEdConf – this is a conference run entirely on Twitter (well the presentations) about the use of WordPress in education. the topics are really interesting, the format is fantastic, and I finally got in gear and presented this year. A great experience all around.
  2. #TvsZ – I haven’t talked about this in ages, but it was SO good. I’m not sure how it would play out now given the dumpster fire Twitter can be, but this game created by Jesse Stommel and Pete Rorabaugh was one of the most interesting uses of gamebased learning, edtech, social media for learning, etc. that I’ve ever come across. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about it you can check out one of my portfolio pieces.