Hashtags offer a way for board admins as well as board followers to quickly organize and search for content within boards that they follow.
To utilize this feature - when posting content, simply precede the words wished to be tagged with a "#". Upon completing the word it will turn purple, indicating that it has been successfully saved as a hashtag. While typing a word, existing hashtags will appear at the bottom of the content window. ( seen below ) Users can either finish completing the word or, to autocomplete, can select from the hashtagged words that appear in the drop-down window.
Hashtagged words are saved within a board and the top 3 Trending Tags are displayed in the sidebar. ( seen below ) Clicking on a Trending Tag will display only and all posts that contain the selected tag.
"How do hashtags differ from topics?"
Hashtags - unlike Topics - can be used by anyone belonging to a board. Hashtags can also be used in a context different from that of Topics; some examples of such can be found below.
Sample use-case scenario(s):
The use of hashtags can be as restricted or as open as the class requires. While we don't to tell you exactly how to use this new exciting feature, here are some potential use-cases to get you started.
- Define some hashtags that can help users express how confident students are in their pins and comments. For example you could have the hashtag #uncertain be used when a user is still in the process of solidifying their views on a certain topic while #confident or #certain can be used to signify that the view is more well thought out. This can alleviate some of the hesitation that students feel when they aren't completely confident in one of their pins, but they still want to share in order to get the conversation started and thus clarify their point of view.
- Sometimes when utilizing one board for a course that spans several months, it might be useful for students to include hashtags such as #week1, #week2, etc in order to enable easy filtering and sorting of content based on time.
- Use hashtags to group together real world connections that relate to the course. This can help students to see relevant pins and comments that allows them contextualize the content of the course and see relevance to their own lives.
- Let hashtags be completely open! Allowing students to use hashtags in any way they deem appropriate can lead to the most natural adoption of this new feature.
If you or your students come up with any interesting uses of #hashtags, let us know!