Only 26% of U.S. teachers are currently using Twitter. That’s not very many, considering how useful it as a resource for learning, sharing, and connecting. Did you also know that just 16% of U.S. adults use Twitter? Even less.
If you start using Twitter as a teacher, student, or someone else involved in education … you probably feel quickly overwhelmed. You may feel like Twitter is a lot like reading a secret code. There are ‘#’ and ‘@’ symbols all over the place. Gibberish links abound. What the heck does goo.gl/23@#4slk mean anyway? (that’s a made up link, seriously.)
We’re going to try and help explain at least one key part: the hashtag. It’s one of the most basic but also most important parts of using Twitter. The hashtag is the ‘#’ symbol and it you can create a hashtag by putting that symbol in front of any word. That word then becomes a hashtag. People use hashtags to organize their tweets, add keywords, and to keep track of a conversation centered around a particular topic.
That’s a hashtag.
In an effort to help all Twitter users, both new and seasoned, understand educational Twitter hashtags in particular – we’ve made a graphic!
The below graphic is a quick look at everything you should know about how, why, and which hashtags are being used in education right now.
The list is not complete! Add your favorite hashtags down in the comments and we’ll regularly update this graphic.