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Social Media for Teachers: Special Education Hashtags

Updated on August 28, 2015
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What are hashtags?

The # symbol is referred to as a hashtag on Twitter. It is used to mark topics or keywords for a Tweet. This allows Twitter users to categorize their messages. Any Tweet with a hashtag will allow other users to search for it. You can place a hashtag anywhere in a Tweet.

Hashtags can be a valuable resource for any teacher. Special education teachers are no exception. Just a few ways that special education teachers can use hashtags include gathering resources for lesson plans, seeking advice or answers about any number of education topics and issues, networking with other teachers, and searching for job opportunities.

I have divided the hashtags into the following sections:

  • Education Hashtags. These tags are not special education specific but can be helpful for all teachers.
  • General Special Education Hashtags. Chat threads, special education technology, and more.
  • Classifications (ADHD, LD, etc.)
  • Specialty Hashtags (occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, etc.)

Please note that I personally verified all of these hashtags during June 2012. Hashtag chat times and other details are subject to change without notice.

Tip: If you'll be participating in a hashtag chat and don't want to spam your followers with all of your chat Tweets, type @HideChat or @HideTag at the beginning of each chat Tweet.

How to Use Twitter Hashtags

  • #education: This is a catch all for many different types of education topics. Keep up with trending topics, other news articles, job opportunities, and more.
  • #school: Many educators use this hashtag to discuss non-academic school topics such as political issues and co-worker relationships.
  • #teachers and #teaching: These are more excellent feeds for networking with teachers about a wide range of subjects.
  • #edchat: Edchat has a moderated discussion at 12:00 and 7:00PM EST every Tuesday with a different topic each week.
  • #edtech: You can learn about new web tools as well as new educational related technology products and other developments (upgrades, etc.).
  • #edtechchat: In case you didn't get enough educational technology talk from the last two hashtags, head over here for a while.
  • #technology: Are you looking for advice or tips about specific technology topics? Put your inquiries here. You can also use this hashtag to keep up with the latest technology news across the world.
  • #mlearning: For those who are interested in using mobile devices within academic lessons can get some great resources from this feed. For more mobile learning discussions, check out #iPadEd and #slide2learn.
  • #edreform: This hashtag is dedicated to all things related to educational reforms.
  • #vitalcpd: Discuss the use of effective classroom technology.

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  • #sped: This is a general special education hashtag used for a wide variety of topics.
  • #spedchat: This chat takes place every Tuesday night from 8:30-9:30PM EST. People share resources and research about special education topics throughout the week, too. Check out The #spedchat Project for more information.
  • #spedtech: Twitter user @sfecich started this hashtag for special education related technology.
  • #tck: This is the Twitter thread for The Coffee Klatch, a discussion forum for parents of special needs children. Pass this one on to your students' parents! #sntck seems to be an offshoot of the larger feed.
  • #lifeskills: This is not strictly a special education feed, but it has a lot of wonderful insight about the general topic of life skills. This was one of my favorite hashtags to browse while researching for this article.
  • #ATchat: Join the assistive technology chat discussion every Wednesday at 9:30PM EST. They have a new discussion topic every week. You can also put your assistive technology insights and resources at #assistivetech the rest of the week.
  • #atpeeps: This is another assistive technology resource.
  • These are great feeds for getting the latest developments for augmentative communication devices: #augcomm and #ACC.
  • #tichat: Chat about technology integration on Thursdays at 8PM EST.
  • #iep: This is a great resource for both teachers and parents.
  • #augcomm: Everything that you need to know about Alternative Augmentative Communication (ACC).

Tip: If the hashtag results are too general, pair the hashtag with a keyword or two to narrow down the results. For example, if you're a parent looking for autism tips, search for #autism parent tips.

There are a number of great hashtags for different special education classifications, including the following:

  • #SLPeeps: Network with fellow speech-language pathologists.
  • #SLPChat: Check out the SLPChat blog for information about upcoming chat times, discussion topics, and participation guidelines.
  • #OTpeeps: Network with other occupational therapists.
  • Join the occupational therapist chats via #OTuesday, #Otalk, and #Occhat. There doesn't seem to be a specific time guideline for these chats except that #OTuesday does chat on Tuesdays.
  • #occupationaltherapy: This is a great resource for occupational therapy job opportunities and other general news in the field.
  • #physicaltherapy jobs: Pair the keyword jobs with #physicaltherapy to get listings for physical therapist and physical therapist assist job openings.
  • #ellchat: Join the discussion every Monday at 9PM EST. #eltchat: Join the discussion every Wednesday at 12PM GMT. Check in with the larger #ELL and #ELT threads, too.
  • #gtchat: This discussion takes place at both 12PM and 7PM EST on Fridays.

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm so glad that this article is helpful for you, Billie! Best of luck! :)

    • Billie Kelpin profile image

      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Ah, great! Have to use this for our Computer Game Maker Lite software program which is designed for teachers, speech clinicians, home schoolers to individuals the classic computer memory game. This is VERY helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Mary! There is so much that you can do with them.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      My goodness, this is like a whole new language for me. I really don't understand too much about hashtags, but I'm going to learn.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Vicki and Cyndi, I've learned so much about hashtags researching articles like this. Now I need to start using them regularly!

      Thanks, Sharyn and Angela! I'm glad that you were able to learn a lot from this article.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Egads, I need to get on the hashtag train. It's on my to-do list of things to explore today. :) Great article!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      Wow, I had no idea about any of this. Thanks for sharing. I often help out as a parapro in a special ed class.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Wow, I would have never thought of how important this could be. I'm not a teacher and learned a lot here. Thank you so much Rose. I will be sharing this!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Attractive hub as always! Great info, too. Makes me realize how much I need to learn about hashtags! Thanks!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Robert!

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      Robert Erich 

      6 years ago from California

      Very nicely laid out article with excellent advice. Well written and thanks for sharing!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Dianna, thanks! Have fun exploring this topic.

      Donna, I know a lot of the basics, but I don't do much with it. All of this research may inspire me to do more! Some hashtags are better than others. The really good ones are so valuable. They provide numerous resources and networking opportunities.

      Kelley, I'm glad that this is helpful for you! Thanks for the Pinterest share.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      I'm just learning about Hashtags and this hub is very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing this randomcreative! Voted up and pinned! Kelley

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      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Believe it or not I still don't know all about Twitter...didn't really know about hah tags and what they were for...now I know a little more and know where to find some good info...great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Interesting topic here, randomcreative. I am going to look into this further. Great post.

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