The story began with a single online poll which asked educators of their preferred weekly time to participate in these Twitter based discussions, with Thursday’s at 8pm proving the most popular time, using the #ukedchat hash tag.

Since then, the Social Enterprise initiative has grown, incorporating a school leadership and teaching vacancy promotion service; the popular free monthly UKEd Magazine, which is available in print and online; a bank of free resources for teachers to use in the classroom; and continued professional development inspiration for teachers and schools.

UKEdChat is supported by UKEd Media Limited, continuing to produce weekly synchronised Twitter chats for educators via the #UKEdChat hashtag.

Supporting teachers, schools and educational suppliers, the UKEd Directory is building the capability to connect people according to interest, specialisms or geographic locations.

The UKEd.Careers promotion service supports schools by advertising school leadership and teaching vacancies via social media, allowing prospective applicants to find opportunities when they may not have realised that they were looking for a new job.

The popular UKEdMagazine (monthly readership over 20,000 unique readers) continues to produce an online and printed edition focusing on pedagogy, classroom resources and innovation.

The UKEd.Academy plans to build online resources and courses to support the UKEdChat community, providing Continuing Professional Development in support of key learning outcomes required for educators.

VISION STATEMENT

UKEdChat is an online community-based project that aims to engage with educators, promoting the benefits of online collaborations, sharing practice and professional development through access to networks, news and resources.

We are a Social Enterprise Initiative, as we look to benefit teaching communities for the benefits of the pupils in their learning journey.

We seek to develop and expand our role in supporting educators to access networks, news and resources relevant to improving quality of education, by working with and in partnership with teachers and organisations.

We will continue to be innovative in response to the needs of educators, and forward thinking in the means by which it develops a sustainable community-based organisation.

This site has been created to support the #ukedchat community, which is Twitter based. We make no attempt to claim ownership of the hash tag, as it is purely a community tool, via online services and the UKEdMagazine. The community was organically built by educators, and this remains at the core of how we operate.

2017 - Media Partner - BETT & Education Show

With the continuing growth of the communities, UKEdChat were confirmed as Media Partners during the BETT Show 2017 in London, and The Education Show 2017 in Birmingham (England), allowing for promotions of exhibitors, interactivity with community members, and notable features of innovations entering the educational arena

2016

Along with the introduction of regional ambassadors, supporting the work and ethos of UKEdChat, the Android and iOS free UKEdChat app was launched, with over 2,000 downloads within the first few months of launch.

2015

With evidence showing that an increasing number of teachers were using social media for professional development and connection purposes, UKEd Careers and a Resource bank were created to allow teachers to freely access activities and opportunities to support progression. Due to popularity and demand, the first printed edition of UKEd Magazine was produced.

2013

Due to the continuing popularity of UKEdChat online activities, a Social Enterprise initiative commenced, including the formation of the UKEdMagazine, edited by Martin Burrett.

2012

New and innovative means of supporting teachers continued, with the development of TeachTweet sessions, inspired by Martin Burrett, who came onboard to support UKEdChat activities.

2011 - National recognition

The community focus grew, reaching a weekly total of 20 million impressions within the first year, and the success of the community was noted in The Guardian who featured UKEdChat in their educational supplement.

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UKEdChat is supported by UKEd Media Limited, continuing to produce weekly synchronised Twitter chats for educators via the #UKEdChat hashtag.

Supporting teachers, schools and educational suppliers, the UKEd Directory is building the capability to connect people according to interest, specialisms or geographic locations.

The UKEd.Careers promotion service supports schools by advertising school leadership and teaching vacancies via social media, allowing prospective applicants to find opportunities when they may not have realised that they were looking for a new job.

The popular UKEdMagazine (monthly readership over 20,000 unique readers) continues to produce an online and printed edition focusing on pedagogy, classroom resources and innovation.

The UKEd.Academy plans to build online resources and courses to support the UKEdChat community, providing Continuing Professional Development in support of key learning outcomes required for educators.

VISION STATEMENT

UKEdChat is an online community-based project that aims to engage with educators, promoting the benefits of online collaborations, sharing practice and professional development through access to networks, news and resources.

We are a Social Enterprise Initiative, as we look to benefit teaching communities for the benefits of the pupils in their learning journey.

We seek to develop and expand our role in supporting educators to access networks, news and resources relevant to improving quality of education, by working with and in partnership with teachers and organisations.

We will continue to be innovative in response to the needs of educators, and forward thinking in the means by which it develops a sustainable community-based organisation.

This site has been created to support the #ukedchat community, which is Twitter based. We make no attempt to claim ownership of the hash tag, as it is purely a community tool, via online services and the UKEdMagazine. The community was organically built by educators, and this remains at the core of how we operate.

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2017 - Media Partner - BETT & Education Show

With the continuing growth of the communities, UKEdChat were confirmed as Media Partners during the BETT Show 2017 in London, and The Education Show 2017 in Birmingham (England), allowing for promotions of exhibitors, interactivity with community members, and notable features of innovations entering the educational arena

2016

Along with the introduction of regional ambassadors, supporting the work and ethos of UKEdChat, the Android and iOS free UKEdChat app was launched, with over 2,000 downloads within the first few months of launch.

2015

With evidence showing that an increasing number of teachers were using social media for professional development and connection purposes, UKEd Careers and a Resource bank were created to allow teachers to freely access activities and opportunities to support progression. Due to popularity and demand, the first printed edition of UKEd Magazine was produced.

2013

Due to the continuing popularity of UKEdChat online activities, a Social Enterprise initiative commenced, including the formation of the UKEdMagazine, edited by Martin Burrett.

2012

New and innovative means of supporting teachers continued, with the development of TeachTweet sessions, inspired by Martin Burrett, who came onboard to support UKEdChat activities.

2011 - National recognition

The community focus grew, reaching a weekly total of 20 million impressions within the first year, and the success of the community was noted in The Guardian who featured UKEdChat in their educational supplement.
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