Social media is ubiquitous in many people’s lives, and it’s no different for educators–some of today’s most innovative teachers are using social media platforms such as Snapchat and Twitter to engage students and build their own personal learning networks.

Those networks, often called PLNs, consist of connections educators make via social media and can include fellow educators across the state or across the globe. Through PLNs, educators learn about new teaching and learning trends, share resources, and find mentors and inspiring colleagues.

Twitter chats have emerged as a convenient way for educators across the country to hop on Twitter and discuss certain topics. Chats are usually scheduled once a week at a certain time, and they’re organized by hashtags so participants can search for questions, answers, and discussions.

This Google document organizes educational Twitter chats by day, and it includes an option to add the chat to a Google calendar.

(Next page: Twitter chats for each day of the week)

We’ve gathered a list of Twitter chats for each day of the week, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Explore the Google document or use Twitter to discover additional education chats that can help you build your PLN.

Sunday

#SunChat: Weekend general education chat; 9 a.m. EST

#21stEdChat: 21st Century Learning; 8 p.m. EST

Monday

#BadgeChatK12: Digital badges in K-12; 6 p.m. EST

#EdTechChat: Educational technology chat; 8 p.m. EST

#FlipClass: Flipped classroom chat; 8 p.m. EST

#TLAP: Teach Like a Pirate chat; 9 p.m. EST

Tuesday

#MakerED: K-12 classrooms built around maker and DIY principles; 6 p.m. EST

#TEDEdChat: TED Talks, TED-Ed Lessons, and education; 6 p.m. EST

#EdChat: General education chat; 7 p.m. EST

#KidsCanCode: Coding and programming in education; 8 p.m. EST

#RuralEdChat: Rural education topics and challenges; 8:30 p.m. EST

#SpedChat: Special education chat; 9 p.m. EST

Wednesday

#csK8: K-8 computer science chat; 7 p.m. EST

#ATChat: Assistive technologies chat; 8 p.m. EST

#NTChat; New teachers chat; 8 p.m. EST

#1to1TEChat: 1:1 teachers chat; 9 p.m. EST

Thursday

#MSChat: Middle school chat; 8 p.m. EST

#ElemMathChat: Elementary math; 9 p.m. EST

Friday

#GTChat: Gifted students chat; 7 p.m. EST

Saturday

#SatChat: Weekend general education chat; 7:30 a.m. EST

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura