Twitter for Teachers

This time last year, I posted my top 3 reasons for teachers to try Twitter. {You can read about those here} Now, a year and a half into using Twitter for professional growth, I’m sharing what I’ve learned with the rest of my school, and you!

While Twitter is usually known best for Donald Trump tweets and celebrity feuds, it hold tremendous power for us as educators. It’s a quick & easy way to connect with educators across the WORLD by sharing ideas, research, struggles, and successes. My Twitter friends have become one of the most inspiring Professional Learning Networks (#PLN) I’m a part of and they have pushed me to grow in my practice even though many of them I’ve never met face-to-face.

Tips for Getting Started

Follow your EduRockstars:

We all have them. Those teachers you admire. Whether its their amazing lessons, well-decorated classrooms or inspirational posts, these are the people you’ll want to find on Twitter. Then, once you follow them, engage with them! Retweet something interesting they post. Send them a message asking questions or for more info.

Here’s a few of my favorites to follow…
@EdTechAfterDark-These guys are witty and tech-savvy. They also host a weekly chat Mondays at 10pm. (They also taught me the term “EduRockstars”)
@Alice Keeler– everything Google Apps for Educators and so much more
@MccoyDerek– An amazing principal and speaker.
@loudlearning – Tom Loud is amazing & inspiring teacher leader
@JenWilliamsEdu- Love this girl and her passion for global education!
@EdTechNerd-All things tech, including Top Tech Toys
@Michelle4EDU– EdLeader & a great person to have in your PLN

#Hashtags are your friend:

Hashtags are the easiest way to find topics that interest you on Twitter. Rather than scrolling through endless tweets in your feed, hashtags help you sort through and find exactly what you’re looking for. Whenever you see a bold hashtag in someone’s tweet, click on it. You’ll be able to see all the other Tweets out there with the same hashtag about that topic, as well as people who often Tweet about that topic. You can also type a hashtag into the search bar for the same result.

My Twitter search for #EdTech

Not sure where to start with hashtags? Check out Getting Smart’s list of 100 Education Hashtags for Teachers and EdLeaders.

A few of my favorites: #EdTech #EdChat #PublicSchools #GrowthMindset #STEM #PLN #KidsCanCode #iteachK #HackLearning #EdTechAfterDark #SeesawChat

Tweet Often:

Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you’ll be. Checking your Twitter feed a few times a week will show you more great Tweets and photos in your feed. My favorite little phrase for this one: The more you scroll, the more you learn. 

Tweeting frequently will also make you more noticeable to others. Twitter is all about connecting to other educators and you definitely get what you give. Its easy to feel like you don’t have anything worthwhile to share {trust me…been there!!} but things that seem like no-brainers to you could be completely new to someone else! Recognize the value in your own ideas and share them with others.

Maintain Relationships:

It may seem common sense, but this wasn’t an obvious one to me when I started using Twitter. Just like when you meet someone new in real life, Twitter relationships require some healthy maintenance too!! If someone follows you, follow them back. Tag your new Twitter friends in one of your posts when you think they may like too. Retweet a follower’s post that you agree with. Join other educators in a Twitter Chat to share ideas and best practices. Arrange to meet up at a local tech conference or EdCamp. All of these are great ways to turn your followers into PLN (Professional Learning Network) Friends!

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  1. Tom Loud

    22 August

    Thanks for the shout-out Kali! You are the best! Keep up the great work!

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