Twitter is a low-cost, easy to access platform that has become a huge resource for teachers to step outside of their classrooms and schools to find, learn from and use information to enhance their teaching. Twitter also helps teachers connect with other educators to share, network, gain emotional support and build professional learning communities (PLNs). It has become a good tool for professional development.
Hashtags are keywords that categorize what you’re tweeting about. For instance, you might use “#edtech” at the end of a tweet about how your students use tablets.
Educators join up for Twitter chats every day of the week. Moderators pose questions to keep the discussion on topic. Everyone uses the same hashtag in his or her tweets so it’s easy to follow the conversation. (Many times people use these hashtags throughout the week.)