#EdPolicy on Twitter (5/30-6/6/2016): #DeeperLearning

Last week, in the #EdPolicy corpus with 1,665 tweets, the tweets regarding #deeperlearning were frequently retweeted. For example:

The #deeperlearning in education here means something different from another popular hashtag #deeplearning which is related to machine learning. You can tell the difference from a few tweets with the hashtag #deeplearning

The results of #EdPolicy communication network, in which ties represent mentions and/or replies.

 

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The results of topic modeling of the #EdPolicy Corpus

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The results of frequently used hashtags in the #EdPolicy Corpus

Hashtag frequency

#EdPolicy on Twitter (5/23-5/31/2016): #ESSA remains as one of the major topics

#ESSA remains as one of the major topics in the 1,989 tweets containing the hashtag #EdPolicy from May 23 to May 31, according to the results of frequently used hashtag and particularly topic modeling. This is probably because of the release of ESSA accountability rule by the U.S. Department of Education. Here are some of the related tweets:

The communication network of #EdPolicy from May 23 to May 31.

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The results of topic modeling of #EdPolicytopic_model_results

The hashtag frequency of #EdPolicy

hashtag frequency

 

#EdPolicy on Twitter (5/16/2016-5/23/2016): The emerging topics of #ESSA and school #funding

According to the results of frequently used hashtag and particularly topic modeling of the 1,345 tweets with the hashtag #EdPolicy from Twitter API, there are two emerging topics: #ESSA and school #funding.

The tweets regarding the #ESSA are:

The tweets regarding the school funding are:

  • Seriously #edpolicy folks, @NEAToday @AFTunion position on funding equity = big deal. https://t.co/wtD81wfPZs #fairfunding #edreform #k12
  • Why There’s an Uproar Over Trying to Increase Funding for Poor Schools via @UpshotNYT  @kevincarey1 https://t.co/Lgp1hQIDV2 #Edpolicy
  • Lobbying groups push back against funding equity provisions: https://t.co/TOkcn3NQ3y #K12 #EdPolicy #ESSA

 

Here is the communication network of #EdPolicy last week

network

Below are the results of frequently used hashtags and topic models in the  the 1345 tweets with the hashtag #EdPolicy

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hashtag frequency

 

 

 

#EdPolicy on Twitter (5/9/2016-5/16/2016): The emerging #educolor and #edequity topics

Using Twitter API, I retrieved 1,490 tweets containing the hashtag #EdPolicy posted over the last week from May 9th to 16th, 2016.

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In comparison with the results of the frequency used hashtags in the proceeding week (5/2/2016—5/9/2016), the topics of #educolor and #edequity emerged last week (5/9/2016—5/16/2016).

The emerging #educolor topic is primarily because the Washington Post published yesterday (5/15/2016) an opinion piece titled “The Invisible Tax on Teachers of Color” by the U.S. Secretary of Education, John King. The tweets on this opinion piece has been retweeted many times.

The emerging #edequity topic comes from a string of media coverage on the inequities on many fronts of education.

Here is the #EdPolicy communication network on Twitter. Each node represents a Twitter user; each tie represents a mention or a reply in the tweets containing the hashtag #EdPolicy.

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#EdPolicy on Twitter (5/2/2016-5/9/2016)

I’m interested in real-time (near real-time for now) analytics of social media on education policies. I plan to share some of my results on a weekly basis here.

As a start, I used Twitter API and retrieved 1,228 tweets containing the hashtag #EdPolicy posted over the last week from May 2nd to 9th, 2016.

The text data of tweets are very, very noisy, due to typos, incomplete spelling, URLs, emoticons, etc.. After much data processing and cleaning (removing URLs, stopwords, whitesapces, etc.), I (with the help from David Fikis, a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University) was able to extract frequently used hashtags in the 1,228 tweets.

Frequently used hashtags

Using the R package of topicmodels, I identified 10 topics in the #EdPolicy tweets. Here are the results. topic_model_results