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This Twitter hashtag is genius

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On a scale of one to ten, with ten being a person whose phone never leaves their hand and one being someone who has absolutely no clue what social media is, I’m probably around a seven.

And while I do have Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube accounts, much of my social media time is spent messing with Twitter. I use Twitter quite a bit – mostly lurking on #sschat, #gafe, and #edtech – using Flipboard and Hootsuite as my access points. Like most of you, I’ve fallen into the habit of using one favorite social media tool. It’s comfortable. People can find me. I can find them. I get useful ideas and resources. Everybody’s happy.

And I get it. To be a true 21st century educator, I suppose I need to be using all of the different platforms. But seriously. Who has that kind of time?

So if your tool of choice isn’t Twitter, feel free to move along. Nothing to see here. Cause this awesome genius tip isn’t for you. It’s for Twitter users. Unless . . . you know, you’re just a little bit curious. Then, sure, definitely hang around.

Okay. Full disclosure. I didn’t say the tip was gonna be hard. Just genius. And we’ve got Dwight Stevenson, a geography and world history teacher in New York, to thank.

First things first.

If you’re not using the #sschat hashtag and website, stop what you’re doing. Head over and bookmark the site, add the hashtag to your Twitter app of choice, and then slip back here. Cause hashtags are awesome and if you’re a social studies teacher, then the #sschat hashtag needs to be your first stop.


If you’re a Twitter rookie, I’ve posted a ton of Twitter resources over at Social Studies Central. Including some very helpful teaching suggestions. (Psst. If you’re a more experienced user, there’s also some stuff for you.) If you’re looking for some social studies Twitter feeds, this older list is still useful. And if you’ve got a few hours, Russel Tarr has created a handy list of history related people.


The genius tip. Ready? Here it is.

Start using the #ssreads hashtag.


Yup. That’s it. Simple and genius all at the same time. We all read great stuff that helps make us better at what we do – online and in print. This might be a great fiction book that we use for instruction. Maybe something non-fiction that builds our own content knowledge. Maybe it’s a handy article, map, or primary source.

But we all want to share and we all want others to share with us. The #ssreads tag is a great way for that to happen. So from now on, whenever you read something useful, help make us all smarter by including #ssreads in your Tweet.

Genius. Thanks Dwight.

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  1. First let me apologize for the auto-incorrect “due” in the tweet above.

    Second, thank you so much for this thoughtful blog post & sharing the idea with a wider audience.

    Can you imagine what #ssreads would look like if adopted by even a quarter of the social studies teachers on Twitter! A quick search would help us find age/school appropriate texts for use in our classes.

    I look forward to watching this hashtag grow, and this post is certainly helping it along. Thank you!

    ~ Dwight

    August 21, 2015
    • glennw #


      I’m looking forward to both posting and reading #ssreads tweets. Thanks again for a great idea!


      August 22, 2015

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