#Edchat: Join the Conversation

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Over 1000 educators have participated in #edchat discussions. Will you collaborate with us to create educational change?
Although relatively new, #edchat has become an incredible collaborative tool for educators to debate and evaluate solutions to various problems through Twitter. Over 1000 educators and administrators have contributed to the #edchat discussions from various countries around the world. In what other forum would this be possible?Watch the video and see what #edchat is about:

Details, Details…
Some confusion remains regarding #edchat, therefore here are some helpful tips, links, and recommendations:
When does #edchat take place? Tuesday is a common Twitter day for teachers made popular by the #teachertuesday hashtag created by Aniya, @TheEngTeacher. To accommodate teachers in various time zones we have two edchat discussions which take place usually around 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST).
How is #edchat different from #teachertuesday?#Edchat is the official discussion forum of #teachertuesday. However, each hashtag serves a different purpose. Here are some guidelines:
You should use #TeacherTuesday to recommend educators to follow, educational blogs, and links. Please visit this post to find out more information about #TeacherTuesday.
You should use #edchat for discussions between educators on thought-provoking topics. There are designated times for the larger discussions, but if you are already engaged in a lively discussion with 2 or more educators on a topic that would benefit educators, then feel free to use the hashtag.

What is a hashtag? Check out this video to discover what a hashtag is and how to use a hashtag. Every Tuesday, at the designated time, you only need to add “#edchat” to the end of your tweet to participate in the discussion!
How are Topics Chosen? Every Sunday, Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and I (ShellTerrell) create a twtpoll of 5 topics to choose from for Tuesday’s discussion. Just follow one of us or the #edchat tag so you do not miss your opportunity to vote on a topic. You may also propose topics to any of us by sending us a Tweet or DM!
For more information on #edchat you may want to look at my previous post, What is #Edchat?
Posts Associated with #Edchat
The following bloggers have fantastic posts, which explain more details about #Edchat topics, organization, problems, and more:
More #Edchat Mentions
The bloggers listed above have greatly contributed to the organization and flow of #edchat. Additional educators who continue to keep #edchat discussions thought-provoking and organized include:
Tom Whitby– His continual behind-the-scenes collaboration and proposing of topics keeps #edchat discussions thriving as does his guidance in the discussions.
Steven Anderson– A behind-the-scenes collaborator who proposes topics, creates polls, and guides the discussions.
Jerry Swiatek– Continually archives #edchat discussions with The Archivist software.
Ruth Cohenson– Provided the fantastic quote for the #edchat video.
ALL EDUCATORS who have participated in the discussions, voted for topics, or retweeted #edchat news!!!!
Other Educational Hashtag Discussions
Before #Edchat were other educational synchronous Twitter discussions, visits these posts for details:
#Lrnchat, which takes place Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST / 5:30-7pm PST
In March through May, was #educhat and #journchat here’s a great wiki to help you plan synchronous Twitter discussions!
Challenge:
Join us in an #edchat discussion this Tuesday!

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