Twitter has become an excellent way for educators across the globe to connect with one another. I love participating in Twitter chats to get new ideas from teachers I would not normally get the chance to work with.
I created this quick five minute video tutorial for anyone who wants to try participating or viewing a Twitter chat, but were not sure how to get started.
Twitter Chat General Directions
1. Log into Twitter on during the time the Twitter chat takes place.
2. Search for tweets with the chat hashtag in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. For the first few minutes most chats start with introductions.
4. Then at a certain time questions start appearing in the live feed using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. and with the hashtag so your answer is linked to the chat .
6. Follow any teachers responding whose ideas you enjoy.
7. Like and respond to other teachers’ tweets.
8. You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don’t forget to use A1, A2, etc. and hashtag).
Other Information About Twitter Chats
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use the chat hashtag, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public.
Interested? Come and try out the #2ndaryELA Twitter chat for Middle and High School English teachers every Tuesday at 8pm EST.