Governments around the world, and especially in the United States, have recognized the importance of helping students become fluent in the use of technology.
Increasingly, schools are equipped with computer labs, interactive smartboards, tablets, laptops, mobile devices, and Internet access. Teachers are expected to integrate this technology into their curricula, but many lack resources, training, and support to use edtech effectively.
But educators are only a few clicks away from finding a community of teachers who can help them understand the edtech landscape and find ways to incorporate these tools into their teaching practices. Connect with professionals who share technology integration tools by clicking on the recommended hashtags below.
Hashtags are words or phrase that begin with a # sign and are used to categorize content on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.
For teachers still becoming familiar with the intersection of education and technology, these two hashtags are great places to start. Scan the stream to discover blogs with lesson ideas that use technology to get students creating and solving problems. Educators also use these hashtags to share important research, trends, and news related to the effective implementation of classroom tech.
This hashtag is one of the most popular hashtags people use to share guidance on the subject of online learning. Find useful advice about designing curricula and teaching in a virtual learning environment (VLE). Also, for those thinking of exploring a blended learning or flipped classroom model, you can use this hashtag to find webinars, forums, and reviews relating to learning management systems (LMS), such as Schoology.
Browse this hashtag to find recommended programs and tools for students with learning disabilities. There is tons of technology out there that can create an inclusive classroom experience for students with autism, dyslexia, and other learning differences.
This award winning Twitter chat founded by Thomas Murray (@thomascmurray), Katrina Stevens (@KatrinaStevens1), Sharon Plante (@iplante), Susan Bearden (@s_bearden), and Alex Podchaski(@ajpodchaski) takes place every Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Participants discuss ways of using technology as a way to personalize learning. To get a sense of what has been covered in the past, browse through the chat’s archives.
The Teacher Librarian Chat takes place the second Monday of each month at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Several librarians moderate the discussion and share insight on ways to create dynamic classrooms. Guest experts are invited to host free webinars. If you can’t make it to the webinars or chats, check out the archives for valuable teaching resources.
Jill Thompson (@edu_thompson) and David Prindle (@dprindle) are the founders of this Twitter chat. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time, teachers gather to discuss how they use technology to create an engaging learning environment. Their collection of past chats can also be a helpful way to get ideas for lesson plans and activities.
Teachers and education technology bloggers use this hashtag to share free recommendations and reviews of various Web tools. This can be a great way to get updates on new technological trends or apps that can improve students’ classroom experiences.
9–10. #MLearning and #EdApps
These are two popular hashtags for sharing resources related to mobile learning and education apps. Discover free programs for different mobile devices that help students bookmark, take notes, create digital books, make comics, and more. Teachers also use these hashtags to share app reviews and lesson ideas.
This hashtags is used to recommend specific programs, lesson ideas, and resources for classrooms that use iPads. Teachers also post recommendations and anecdotes about the ways they use iPads in their own classrooms.
This is the hashtag for educators who teach in a setting in which all students have been given their own laptops, which is referred to as a one-on-one environment. Teachers often post about best practices on how to manage this kind of learning setting.
The Google Apps for Education (GAFE) hashtag is filled with tips for using Google’s tools to complement classroom instruction. Discover shortcuts for grading, accepting assignments, creating spreadsheets, delivering handouts, and more. Use this hashtag to connect with Google Certified Innovators and teachers who blog about using Google Education tools.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) hashtag is filled with articles and advice explaining ways in which students can use their own personal technology. Use #BYOD to find recommendations related to problems and solutions for managing BYOD policies.
This article is part of a series on top hashtags for teachers, school leaders, and parents to follow. Read past articles, 10 Hashtags Every Teacher Should Follow, 36 Hastags to Stay on Top of Current Teaching Trends, 10 Hashtags Every Education Leader Should Follow, and 15 Must-Follow Hashtags for Parents (Don't Tell Your Kids!).