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My Top 8 Twitter Chats for Educators – an update!

A few months ago I blogged about the 8 Twitter Chats that I love and visit regularly. As a globally connected educator – this list is constantly being changed, adjusted and tweaked as I explore the vast world of educational Twitter chats.
Before I begin with my list, it would pay for you to familiarise yourself with what a Twitter chat is by clicking here.
Here is an UPDATED list (as of 1 October 2014) of my 8 favourite education related chats, the hashtags, a short description and when you can join them:
  1. #whatisschool – an edchat space where people can express an unbiased response to questions about schooling, where educators have a voice in shaping the future through their experiences, recommendations and interests. This chat is co-moderated by myself (@mrkempnz) and Laura Hill (@candylandcaper) and has become a huge hit. You can join #whatisschool every Thursday at 7pm EDT, 6pm CDT (Fri 9am AEST, Fri 11am NZT) and all questions and archives of past chats are recorded here.
  2. #edchat – the original chat and by far the fastest paced and hardest to keep up with. It features the best of the best and is one of the most popular chats. It is held on Tuesdays from 12-1pm and 7-8pm EDT. It attracts educators from all over the world. You can find out more by clicking here.
  3. #satchat – one of my old haunts. Fascinating discussions about education and leadership every Saturday. The chat is always fast paced and is full of the best educators you can find on twitter. You can join #satchat every Saturday 7.30-8.30am EDT. If mornings are not your thing, there is always #satchatwc (West Coast) at 10.30am EDT and #satchatoc Friday night at 8pm EDT – #satchatoc is popular with international educators. Click here for more information about #satchat.
  4. #sunchat – Fascinating discussions – similar to #satchat, you can find a plethora of spectacular educators sharing their knowledge and ideas as well as newbies to twitter chats. So many of my favourite ideas that I use in my professional career have come from this chat. You can find it 9-10am every Sunday morning EDT.
  5. #nt2t – NT2T stands for “New Teachers to Twitter”. It is an open chat for teachers who are new to twitter and a must visit to learn more about how to use twitter and chats more effectively. Full of veteran twitter users to support you and newbies just like you, it is a chat you just can’t miss. Learn to tweet, who to follow and access the very best resources to support teaching and learning. Join the #nt2t chat crew every Saturday 9-10am EDT. For more information, click here.NOW ….. for my 3 new additions to my top Twitter chat list!
  6. #aussieED – One of the most exciting things to come out of Australia since Russell Crowe (or is he a kiwi?). #aussieED has quickly become the go to chat for all Southern Hemisphere educators. The #aussieEd team consists of several Australian based educators who have a diverse range of skills and knowledge in Education. Their chats are on every Sunday at 8.30pm AEST (6.30am EDT). For more information, click here.
  7. #tlap – Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess is a phenomenon that is sweeping the educational globe at the moment and the same goes for the #tlap twitter chat. When I can (time zone issues) I jump into the #tlap chat. This chat is an action packed hour of inspiration, practical techniques and innovative classroom ideas. The idea is to help engage your students and staff through the way you teach. A must chat for those with a passion to inspire! This chat is on every Monday night 8pm CST (9pm EDT). For more information, click here.
  8. #asiaED – This is a brand new chat out of Asia with the intention of engaging and inspiring Asian educators to come together and connect with educators from around the world. It is a slow chat style (which I love) where there is a new moderator from Asia every week and they post 1 new question every day so that everyone can engage no matter the timezone. It is all about connecting Asian educators with each other and the world so get connected no matter where you live. You can find the question each day here and join in by using the hashtag #asiaED. For more information, click here.
So there we have it – my current list of 8 must follow chats. For the interests of an engaging and enlightening article (and not to overwhelm people) I have not included every one of the chats that I frequent. Twitter chats are personal preference, so I would love to know: “What are your favourite chats?” – please share below in the comments and via Twitter and please do share with your PLN.

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • #edchatnz. Is a New Zealand based Twitter chat every second Thursday and attended by international educators young and old and facilitated by the fantastic Danielle Myburgh @MissDtheTeacher. Topics include the changing pedagogues, MLE’s, and all the wider education topics that are current and topical.

  • A new one about to start, on a day and time to be determined: #AusVETchat – for the many trainers & assessors working in the field of vocational training. Watch this space (or hashtag) 🙂

  • Over in the Channel Islands we like the UK @SLTchat on a Sunday evening for us GMT 8pm. Half hour of fast moving discussions and ideas. Myself and my night owl colleagues also try and stay awake for some of the chats that take place while we are sleeping

  • Would love for #BookCampPD to be added to your list. @teresagross625 and I have had guest authors share about their new books twice a week this summer. We also publicized all of the summer book chats different authors were having on Twitter. We added a Padlet page for all hashtag members to share resources between chats – We also shared “badges” with those who attended the chats using DMs. On August 28th at 10 PM EST we will give away books to those who earned the most badges through their consistent participation in chats. As fall approaches we will shift the twice weekly chats to weekly (Saturday at 9:00 AM EST) and spotlight the following: “Book Tasting” sharing about the books they are currently reading, “Porch Swing” sharing strategies and resources from books they are reading, “Shine Spotlight” brag about what is being implemented in a teacher’s school from an idea or concept they have read about and, finally, continuing with “Guest Authors” the last Saturday of each month. With educators learning often begins with books they are reading and our hope is that by providing a weekly chat on Twitter their learning will soar to new levels and increase chances of implementation. We hope all will join in the excitement!

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