Social media is a powerful tool that allows everyone from kids to scientists to teachers to connect and share. Hashtags (#) connect similar topics and conversations and by using them, you extend the reach of your messages and add value to your posts.
With school back in full swing, we’re focusing on how Twitter and hashtags can be used in the education industry. By joining in on or leading a hashtag conversation, teachers can share powerful moments from their classroom, gain insights and helpful tips from other teachers, and receive and lend support to others in their field. One area teacher who maximizes Twitter and hashtags is Kayla Delzer (@MrsDelz). Kayla is a 2nd grade teacher with West Fargo Public Schools and recent speaker at TEDxFargo, as well as the co-founder of two different hashtags, #happyclassrooms and #FMedchat.
#happyclassrooms is used to share positive things happening in classrooms around the world, and #FMedchat, which will start this month, is an education-based chat meant to help not only local educators learn, grow, and discuss, but also educators worldwide. And when asked about how she uses Twitter for continued learning in her profession, she said, “I participate in and lead chats to learn from forward-thinking educators who push my thinking and challenge me to think outside the educational box.”
Kayla also incorporates hashtags into her classroom. She has hashtags proudly displayed around her classroom and even has a class Twitter account, @TweetingTopDogs, that’s run by her students. The students’ tweets showcase what they’re learning, their classroom environment, and industry-related hashtags. It’s a great way for them to learn how to be digital citizens from an early age.
— Top Dog Kids (@TopDogKids) August 26, 2015
— Top Dog Kids (@TopDogKids) September 3, 2015
— Top Dog Kids (@TopDogKids) September 2, 2015
As Kayla has demonstrated, hashtags can be used in the education industry in a variety of different ways to achieve a variety of different goals. There are endless hashtags to choose from, but here are some suggestions and a breakdown of a few to get you started.
- #happyclassrooms – This is used to showcase positive moments happening in your classrooms.
- #FMedchat – This allows local educators to learn, grow, and discuss.
- #edchat – This hashtag covers general, broad conversations about education.
- #classroomcribs – This is used to showcase your classrooms and the unique things you’re implementing in them.
- #edtech – This is used for conversations around education technology.
- Branded hashtags from your school district
- Subject specific hashtags
For more education related hashtag ideas and inspiration, check out this helpful guide. And if you’d like more information or help on starting a hashtag strategy of your own, contact our digital marketing team to get started!