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Social Media for Teachers: Special Education Hashtags
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.
- #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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