Beginner's Guide to Twitter Chats
New to Twitter chats? See the info below to help you get started!
How do I start participating in a Twitter chat?
How do I find the chat?
You locate the live Twitter chat by finding the hashtag. The hashtag for the EISD weekly chats will be #eaneschat. To find the chat, go to Twitter's search box and type in "#eaneschat".
NOTE: What is a hashtag? It is just an agreed-upon abbreviation for a chat or topic. When you click on anything with a # sign, it will show you all tweets about that subject. (For example, during the Olympics, you can click on #sochi2014 to see tweets about it).
Following the chat
After you search for the hashtag, you can see anyone's tweets that used that hashtag. When a "live" chat is going on, you can refresh the screen to see new tweets that have created with that hashtag. If you feel reluctant about chatting, this allows you to "lurk" and watch the chat.
NOTE: Sometimes people use a hashtag when the chat isn't "live." The reason? So they can communicate to others who use that hashtag, even when the live chat isn't happening.
How do I reply or chat?
Often, questions are posed in a Twitter chat. To answer the question, hit the reply button. Make sure when you reply, you add #eaneschat so that everyone in the chat can see your response.
NOTE: Sometimes in Twitter chats, questions are numbered like this: Q1, Q2. If you answer one of these, you can start your tweet with A1 (Answer 1 if you are answering question 1, etc.).
Take the next step?
But what do I say?
A twitter chat is like a conversation in your PLC but it takes place online and you are participating with more people. You can say hello, suggest a good app that people might like to try, share a link, tell someone about a good book, or tell a joke just like you would in your own PLC group. You can always start with "Hello, I'm from...."
NOTE: In most Twitter edchats, there are organized questions you can also respond to. Every educator has ideas to share, so try chiming in.