Ah, the ever-growing hashtag.
Years and years ago, I had a friend tell me he was getting sick of seeing “www.somewebsite.com” on more and more billboards up and down the 405 freeway. I think he’s grown to accept that they’re a normal part of advertising and life at this point, and so will those who lament the inundating use of the hash tag.
But as with URLs, the hashtag is growing because it is useful and easy to apply. As educators, we should not only embrace them, but take advantage of them.
This is where Tagboard.com comes in.
Tagboard pulls specific hashtags from a number of social networks and puts them all together in a Pinterest-style layout which makes it easy to organize and peruse. As teachers, we can use this both in the classroom, and for our personal development.
Today’s video is a little bit longer than normal because it breaks down how we can use Tagboard to aggregate student activity online as well as how we can use it to build our own network to pursue interests that enrich us.
Let’s take a look at how it works:
In the past we spoke about using hashtags with twitter (http://edtech.tv/twitter-for-teachers) and now I hope this video can help you see some of the possibilities of using hashtags outside of just a way to share what you’re posting about.
As a recap, consider how you can use Tagboard to ensure that your students are doing their homework, get them to ask questions, work together outside of the classroom even if they can’t meet up in person, and share original ideas in a language that they understand.
For your Personal Learning Network, think about how Tagboard can be used to get more information on your favorite topics, get alternative perspectives on your lessons, and connect with other teachers who have been thinking about the same problems that you have been.
REMEMBER to DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!
At the end of the video, I set up three calls to action. Just like you ask your students to do their homework to ensure their learning, I realized that I need to ask the same of you. If you find my tutorials useful, I ask that you take action! Learning is an active process, and the more steps you take, the more you will absorb the lessons.
So take action, and I’ll help you out with the extra credit:
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