#Hashtagging to Encourage Innovation

What if schools used Twitter hashtags among the staff to encourage collaboration and sharing?

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With the push to use more 1:1 technology in schools, and the need to encourage teachers to "level up" on their use and comfort with tech, what if faculty and staff in a school had certain hashtags on Twitter that they used to give shout outs about an innovation they tried or a resource to share? An example might be #soareagles or something that ties the school together. That way all staff members would know it and use it as desired or needed. We could even use a platform such as GroupTweet to be able to see the information more easily. Busy teachers could get ideas, give praise, ask for help, share resources, etc. and feel more closely connected to colleagues they may only see in passing or at faculty meetings. Administrators could see the neat ideas flowing around. This kind of collaboration could also lead to face-to-face discussions as people would want to learn more from each other. If embraced and done well, it could even begin to drive Professional Development as teachers begin requesting more information from sharers.  Administrators/PD planners see what staff members are discussing and sharing and could use it to determine professional development needs.  

Evaluation results

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1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 0%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 0%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 100%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 0%

Agree. - 100%

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Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 0%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 100%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 100%

Agree. - 0%

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Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 100%

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5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 0%


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Hi Dea,

Carolyn here from Google. I love this idea and Elysa and I from the Google team would really like to help you flesh it out more as we think it's a powerful one! What I love is that I really do think this could help change culture - which is what this question is all about. The constant sharing of innovations amongst staff is bound to create a more innovative culture in a school. I also love how you link this to an opportunity for administrators to better understand PD needs. I think Ellen's questions are a great place to get started now that we're in the evolve phase. I'd love to prototype this with you a bit more and really understand how we would get this started in a school. Let me know if you want to collaborate on a Google doc with me. Feel free to add me to your team!

Also, one idea I was thinking about to make it even more powerful was ways we could take these tweets off twitter to make them even MORE visible in a school. What if, for example we could export them and have them running on any school TV monitors that may be up around schools which show announcements? Or, what if we projected the new tweets on a wall each day?

This is really such a cool idea, we just need some more prototyping to better understand how it could be implemented in school. Can't wait to see it fleshed out!


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I agree with Carolyn. I'm always really curious about the interactions on and offline. Meeting people wherever they are. It could be really interesting to see what partner/local schools are tweeting about and how that could change conversations in your school, or vice versa. Pulling information off of the tweets, and into your physical space could be super powerful for folks that aren't tweeting. And, I definitely resonate with the notion that these tweets could give the administration great insight into what you and your peers are thinking about. Let us know how we can help build this forward.

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