#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.  

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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!

Carolyn

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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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