Twitter enables you to quickly catch up on the latest education news and engage with other people. It’s an optimal tool to stay on the forefront of popular trends and to stay connected with important topics in education. And it’s really fun!
Teachers on Twitter have to be very cautious with their words, as their students can read what they tweet. But even with this limitation, you have a tremendous opportunity to create positive change.
Whether you’re still working on your education degree, or you’re more experienced, there’s an audience out there waiting for you. Jump in! To help get you started, here are some suggestions for what you can tweet.
What makes your teaching unique?
If you teach students who have one or more parents on deployment, then you have valuable experience that could benefit other teachers. Share ideas on ways to cater to students with deployed parents and ameliorate their stress.
What experiences have made you a better teacher?
Start a conversation around those experiences. You may find others who want to share similar thoughts. The more helpful and useful your tweets, the more others will want to connect with you.
Share innovative ways to bring tech into the classroom.
Discuss current industry trends and demands. Provide support for other teachers, parents, and civic leaders.
Lead by example.
Show students how to behave in a fast-paced social media environment.
Below is a list of great teachers to follow on Twitter. Chances are you’ll feel inspired to start tweeting regularly. Each of these teachers is unique, and they provide great information from their own expertise. Follow them, learn from them, and start engaging your own online community!
1. Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher)
What you’ll find: Support and encouragement, along with spot-on tips on tech in the classroom. Vicki Davis is sure to make you feel inspired and excited to be in the teaching profession.
2. David Truss (@datruss)
What you’ll find: Need a lift on a Monday morning? Visit David Truss’ feed. Trust me, it will bring a smile to your face. There’s also tons of great, valuable information on tech in the classroom. The tweets are unique and completely worth following.
3. Giselle Santos (@feedtheteacher)
What you’ll find: A perfect balance of social media and teaching ideas. Giselle Santos consistently shares relevant and interesting tips that every teacher could use.
4. Dan Brown (@danbrownteacher)
What you’ll find: Delightful insight into the education industry and tons of inspiration. And the cherry on top? Dan Brown will let you know when there’s an online chat or other event worth checking out. So you won’t ever miss out.
5. Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach)
What you’ll find: Mary Beth Hertz is a Technology Integration Specialist, and that’s the primary focus on her Twitter feed. For great support and the latest info on implementing tech strategies in the classroom, follow Ms. Hertz.
6. Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten)
What you’ll find: Industry updates and feedback on education and public institutions. Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and she provides great updates on changes in the industry.
7. Shannon Miller (@shannonmiller)
What you’ll find: Plenty of support and tips, but the real gem of Shannon Miller’s Twitter feed is the incredibly high number of suggestions for awesome tools to use.
8. Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby)
What you’ll find: An extremely robust Twitter account chock-full of tips, resources, and conversation with education thought leaders. Tom Whitby is the founder of #Edchat, a weekly Twitter chat held every Tuesday at 12pm NYC/ 5pm UK and 7pm NYC/ 12am UK. #EdChat is for everyone. Join in!
9.Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark)
What you’ll find: Must-see resources and articles on innovation in the classroom. Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for access to more innovative tools in education. Follow him to get updates on the latest and greatest tech tools.
10. Wesley Fryer, PhD (@wfryer)
What you’ll find: All things education, digital storytelling, and important policy updates. Definitely worthy of following!
Are you already spending more time on Twitter? How has the conversation been going?
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