1. I love this idea, George! I've created two classroom accounts for my Grade 1/2 class, and my students tweet regularly from them. For Identity Day last year, I started a hashtag where students could upload photographs and videos of the projects that they saw. They took these photographs and videos on the iPod Touches, and they were easy to upload from the Twitter app. The students loved how the hashtag sorted what they uploaded. They could also write comments about what they learned when perusing the projects, and these were sorted as part of the hashtag too. Parents loved viewing the hashtag to really get a glimpse of the day as well.

    This year, my students were involved in a Twitteracy Project with some other classes from different schools, and we sorted our tweets with the #twitread hashtag. Students loved bringing up the tweets on the SMART Board and seeing what our class wrote and what other students wrote too. They even started talking about the books that other people were reading, and expressing some interest in similar books or book topics too.

    I'll admit that as much as we tweet in class, I don't use hashtags enough. I think that part of the problem is thinking about what I want the hashtag to be, as I want to ensure that others aren't necessarily using it too and posting inappropriate content. Typos can also make hashtags tricky. I've had to help some of my Grade 1's with the Twitread hashtag because the lowercase "L" on the keyboard looks like an "i," and "b's" and "d's" are often reversed. It's the primary teacher in me that has me over thinking hashtags, I guess. :)

    Communicating with others though is great, and sorting tweets so that others can view them and comment on them too is wonderful! I think that this helps build a sense of "community," and I love that. Thanks for getting me thinking about hashtags, and sorry for such a long comment!


    • Berniece Boyle

      Wow…I am totally new at this and just spent hours reading what others have shared about using twitter in the classroom. I am currently taking a technology course on line and one requirement is to develop a lesson plan around twitter. Tweeting is not part of my world…I feel like a dinosaur teacher…which is why I am taking the class. I have to admit, my initial thoughts of using Twitter in my class was NO WAY. However, after doing a lot of reading on line, I am having a change of heart. Aviva, I was impressed to see that you are using social networking with kids so young. I teach 5th grade Science, and am looking for that perfect lesson plan. You have inspired me. :)

  2. Pak Liam

    It's a great idea, I've used it for school Biology field trips where most students had their own smart phones and could record and tweet progress, information, thoughts and pictures as they went.


  3. Excellent post, George. I liked your use of the #psd70 hashtag for your local district's tweets, as well as the analogy of using certain hashtags like a "bat signal". (I've done similar by promoting the use of the #senecac hashtag for tweets by me and fellow Seneca College profs/staff to make searching/filtering of tweets easier.)

    Having said that, there's always the problem of people who forget to use a hashtag in a tweet where such use would have been SO useful. I wonder if Twitter could have a feature whereby fellow tweeps from a particular context (e.g., your #psd70 people, or my #senecac people) could be put into a special group and have its designated hashtag automatically added to the tweet right from the outset.



  4. Carlos Llerandi

    Yes, hasgtags are great but they did not last. I atended To an International congress in Madrid 2 months ago, my TL Was full of tweets with specifical hasgtags but a month later these hasgtags passed away

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  10. Science Learning Centres

    This is great. I came across this looking for validation of what I have been thinking to develop a policy for our Professional Development Leaders. I've used it as a reference (document link) for our organisation as we start to use hashtags for science cpd courses. Thanks for the validation.

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