Teacher Review for Tagboard

Crowdsourced Social Media, Using Hashtags to Teach

Susan M.
Blended Learning Coach
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
We have used Tagboard for several different purposes, one being as a platform to showcase our school. We hashtag everything we put out there on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook. Our students, though not on Twitter, upload videos to YouTube. to share their learning and creativity, and we can hashtag those as well. We then create a Tagboard that lives on our website. We have found that our student work and our "learning out loud" is for anyone visiting our website, especially parents. We have also used Tagboard with our students to curate content, especially current events or ideas. Curating hashtags makes it much easier to use Twitter and other social media because it focuses the learning on specific content. It works well for discussions.
My Take
We love this tool. It's easy to use and works a little like magic. You type in your hashtag and seconds later, the board is filled with content you may need or want. It is important to note that it doesn't work like a scholarly research tool, but rather a curation platform for social media, collecting things such as discussions, creative projects, trends, and current events.