The pound symbol (#) was nice and peaceful for years, only being used a certain # of times (see, it used to represent a "number"). Once Twitter came along and the little blue bird took over social media, the hashtag has evolved into a trend-setting moniker. If you want something to become popular, you begin with a hashtag. If you want to follow something that you enjoy, you search with a hashtag. If you want to learn about something specific, follow that trend using the appropriate hashtag.
Or, if you're Jimmy Fallon, use a hashtag to gather all of the best ideas from around the world:
#thingswillpass. They might, but realize that kids are being named after the growing trend. So let's get down to the application of trends in education.
#edchat - full of great teaching ideas
#edtech - all about using technology in the classroom
#mathchat - where all of us math geeks unite
#flipchat - tons of resources about flipping your classroom, as well as #miflip
#eduawesome - all things that are awesome in education, started by @billselak
#ntchat - community of new teachers started by @teachingwthsoul
#21stedchat - gathering of educators about 21st century education ideas
If you're new to Twitter, this list of trends to follow is a good start. However, as you begin to develop your Professional Learning Network, you'll find trends that meet your needs. If you're into cooking, there's a hashtag for that. Maybe you venture off into math jokes. There's pretty much a hashtag for #everything.
Just, whatever you do, make sure you don't get out of hand with all of your #hashtaggery. You might get in trouble from the #hashtagpolice.
By John Stevens
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