#chats - We see the hashtags marked with a pound sign (#) on Twitter every day. A hashtag allows a word or phrase like #edtech to be categorized for a search. If educators attend a conference they can follow tweets about the conference with its hashtag (i.e., #mhtt17). If a group of educators agree to go on Twitter at a specified time using a common hashtag like #edtechafterdark, they can participate in a group twitter conversation (edchat) on topics of mutual interest. Below are some Twitter chats moderated by digital school administrators.
Alex Stubenbort, AP, Lecanto High School, Lecanto, FL
#EdTechAfterDark Mon., 10PM EST
"Our community was born out of discussions for a rich EdChat type gathering for those of us who are thinking about the digital edu-landscape long after the sun has gone down. On Mondays, when the clock strikes 10PM EST, you’ll find us on Twitter over at #edtechafterdark. All are welcome! Our discussions range from our philosophies about EdTech, digital best practices, and simply sharing our stories."
Crystal Miller, Principal, Summit Cove Elementary, Dillon CO
#SSDEDU Monday 7PM MST
Crystal often hosts this chat: "We host a weekly Twitter Chat for our district. We like to highlight authors and their books. Here is a calendar of upcoming chats http://tinyurl.com/h9fzy83 We purchase copies of the books and do a drawing each week from participants on the chat. Another exciting practice we have used with the Twitter chats is to collaborate with a district in another state around a specific topic."
Aaron Hogan , AP Cypress Hill Intermediate, College Station TX
Jeremy Stewart, AP College View High School, College Station TX
#CSISDchat Tuesday 8PM CST
"At #CSISDchat, we believe that educators cannot thrive in isolation, that professionals are committed to continual learning, and that our work is worth celebrating. Toward this end, we invite educators to connect, grow, and celebrate through a weekly Twitter chat every Tuesday evening at 8pm CST.
Melanie Hutchinson, AP, Antioch Middle School, Overland Park, KS
#nkcchat Monday 8PM CST
"The purpose of #nkcchat to to create a space for educators to share ideas and build their PLN without physical barriers. We meet Mondays at 8:00 CST. Our format is a high impact; 3 questions in 30 minutes. Everyone is welcome to join! "
Walter Reap, Principal, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Baltimore, MD
#mdeschat Thursday 8PM EST
"We use [this chat] . . . to connect educators who seek to build community using trending topics. We have a diverse team of moderator practitioners, who work in three different counties in Maryland"
Stuart Kelly, DP Aorere College, Auckland, New Zealand
#digitaledchat Monday 7PM AEST
This chat, hosted by New Zealander Stuart Kelly "is about sharing edtech experiences and moving forward collaboratively and in a collegial manner. #digitaledchat is also about encouraging and empowering teachers to have a go and change practice."
Colin Wikan, AP, Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf< IA
Dan Butler, Principal, Epworth Elementary, Epworth, IA.
#IAedChat Sunday, 8PM CST
"Run by Iowa educators, #IAedChat is on Twitter each Sunday at 8:00pm CST. The fourth Sunday of the month is #IAedChat LIVE at 8:00pm CST. This will take place in Google Hangout on Air. We will share the invitation and link to #IAedChat LIVE each month. Join us Sundays at 8:00 PM CST to talk about popular issues in education and to grow your PLN."
Derek Oldfield, AP Wirt County High School, Elizabeth WV
#WVEDCHAT Bi-weekly, Tuesday 8PM EST
We have 5-6 regular moderators which is very helpful. I always wingman and greet folks as they come to the chat. I recently started writing and mailing handwritten cards to newcomers to the chat. I ordered cards from VistaPrint and placed a logo on the front with a blank side on the back. I'll send some pics. I've got great feedback about those. I send the cards to the person's school knowing they'll show off the card to other educators there. That I'm aware, there are 3 counties in our state that offer educators PD credit for participating in the chat.
Jeff Veal - AP, Scoggins Middle School, McKinney, TX
#Leadupchat Saturday 8:30-9:30am CST
This chat "is an education movement committed to a focus on connected leadership, culture, growth, and shifts. This weekly chat on Saturdays was co-founded by @heffrey & @nalang1 to build collectively efficacy for teacher, campus, and district leaders alike. #Leadupchat is part of the http://leadupnow.com network."
Bryn Morgan Williams, Principal, Westwood Elementary, Vancouver, BCWestwood Elementary School
Craig Mah - Principal, Walton Elementary, Vancouver, BC
#BCEdChat Sunday, 7pm, PST.
This chat "connects educators from around British Columbia, Canada and beyond. Our focus is to promote rich learning environments, technology integration and innovative teaching practices. . . . British Columbia is undergoing a transformation of its curriculum which has been a focus for many of our recent topics. Check out our archives at https://sites.google.com/site/bcedchat/home
Christopher Dodge, principal Dexter Park Innovation School, Orange, MA
Martin R. Geoghegan, John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School, Middleborough, MA
#msaachat 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 8:00 pm EST.
This aims to fulfill its mission of "Principals Supporting Principals" through a monthly Twitter chat. The chat brings together school leaders to network, share ideas, and make each other better through collaboration.
Nancy Alvarez, AP, Lawson Early Childhood, McKinney, TX
Jessica Cabeen - Principal, Woodson Kindergarten Center, Austin, MN
Heidi Veal, AP, Lawson Early Childhood, McKinney, TX
#ECEChat Tuesday Nights 8:30 CST
This is a chat offering educators and leaders a space to have conversations about key areas of early learning. People passionate about ensuring our students start with the very best foundation to learning share their stories, resources and ideas across the globe.
Jennifer Hogan - Curriculum and Technology Assistant Principal, Hoover High School, Hoover, AL
#ALedchat Monday, 9-10pm CST,
#USedchat quarterly on Mondays, 8:00-9:00pm CST.
These chats "give the opportunity for educators to come together virtually to discuss topics and learn from each other. It is a virtual community of learners that serves to challenge, cause reflection, and act as a resource."
Ryan Steele, Principal, Christie Elementary School, Plano, TX
#EdSlowChat Participants may participate through the week on their own schedules. This chat creates an open week-long dialog on important topics that relate to education.
Kelley McCall, Principal, Graber Elementary, Hutchinson, KS, Jay Posick, Merton Intermediate, Merton, WI, Principal, Mark Fenech, Principal, Gatewood Elementary, Minnetonka, MN, Ryan Sheehy, Principal, Highlands Elementary, Concord, CA
#PIA_chat every other Tuesday night at 8pm CST
"Our aim is to get Principals out of their office so they can have a bigger impact on their schools. We share ideas, plan, share professional development and grow together as principals.
Meredith Akers, AP, Ault Elementary, Cypress, TX
Michael Ogg, Principal, Alton Elementary, Brenham, TX
Jennifer Vest, Principal, Brenham Elementary, Brenham, TX
Victor Saldana, Principal, West Avenue Elementary, San Antonio, TX Also, educators Tom Spall, Kelley Andrews, and Paul Wagner
#TXed Wednesday night at 8:30 pm CST'
#TXed is the state education chat of Texas It is co-moderated by administrators and teachers from across the state and encourages collegiality, collaboration, and celebration of among Texas educators.
Ron Dorland, AP, Lynn Fripps Elementary, Langely, BC
#7thchat First Tuesday of the month at 8PST
This is a chat "that started for Grade 7 teachers but has migrated to being a chat for all educators about a range of educational topics." Ron co-founded this chat with Hugh McDonald.
Nicole L'Etoile. Principal, John F. Horgan Elementary, West Warwick, RI
#wwpschat every Wednesday at 8PM EST
Nicole helps to host this chat: "With West Warwick being the first school district in Rhode Island to be fully K-12 1:1 [we focus] solely on West Warwick Public Schools and our unique perspective and issues regarding technology, as well as, best practices around collaboration and communication"
Laura Kroll, Principal, Exeter-Milligan Public Schools,
#nebedchat every Wednesday from August-May at 9:00pm CST. Co-founded by Laura, this eclectic chat "is intended for anyone that has an interest in education" In addition to educators, lawyers, keynote speakers, and authors moderate.
Jason Gribble, Principal, Forest Elementary School, Riverview, MI,
#SIGAdminchat (slowchat) "The Steering Committee of your SIG Admin group strives to provide our membership sustainable professional development opportunities while expanding on your PLN (Professional Learning Network). One of the ways we are going to accomplish both of these goals is starting a weekly Slow Chat"
Meredith Akers, AP, Ault Elementary, Cypress, TX, Julie Clements, AP, Ault Elementary, Cypress, TX, Misty Finch, AP, Emmott Elementary, Houston, TX, Michael Barstow, AP, Arnold Middle School, Cypress, TX
#CFISDAPchat every other Thursday evening at 8:00pm CST
Born from a desire to connect with other Assistant Principals within our large district, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, #CFISDAPchat has grown to include APs, principals, and aspiring leaders both in and outside of our district. We chat . All are welcomed to join the conversation!