Blog Twitter resources for educators
Social media has changed the world, whether you love it or not, it can be a valuable classroom resource. Focussing on the perks of social media is a really great way to bring about more benefits to your career and it to your advantage. By using it as a positive tool, we can develop ourselves and network with some really fantastic people. That's why we've created this Twitter guide for educators and teachers, to help you utilise the great resource Twitter can be, and to use it to your, and your students' advantage.
Hashtags are the core of Twitter and run through its heart. It's how Twitter developed its niche and found its place in the world. Hashtags allow us a dive into a specific discussion, conversation or topic and to connect with users across the globe with the same knowledge and expertise as us. This applies to teaching, librarians, school staff and anyone else! We've selected some of the best and most valuable teacher hashtags that anyone can give a search:
These are just some examples of the possibilities Twitter can have to network with other educators and school staff. Give them a go!
Some influential teacher accounts on Twitter facilitate threads which house many replies from educators specifically looking to connect and meet others. Oftentimes they're focussed on sharing your educational bio and nurturing a chat with other like-minded people. They're a really positive place and great to share ideas, get support and network with professionals. Here are some of the threads we love:
As most know, teaching is a broad field! From specialising in subjects, being a subject lead, SEND co-ordinator, school librarian, admin, headteacher, or focusing on EdTech (and so SO much more), there is a small slice of twitter for you. We can't list every single speciality and some great accounts here, but really dig into what you're after. Search keywords in the search tool, find people you want to follow, find the specific hashtags you're interested in and keep an eye on them! It really is about developing your timeline and finding the accounts you want to be around on Twitter.
Twitter comes with a whole range of benefits, and one of them is teaching materials! Alongside our own writing and teaching resources, you can find educators on Twitter who create and share their own resources. I've seen anything from online diaries and planners, class board ideas all the way to full lesson plans and some really fantastic EdTech materials. Finding these also comes down to following your niche. If you're an English teacher, you'll be looking somewhere different to a maths teacher for example. Simply search what you're after + resource ( for example: English teaching materials) and you're sure to find something after a few minutes.
Twitter is what you make of it. You can be an observer and not tweet much, you can follow others and check out their resources and threads, or you can get involved yourself, meet people and develop a network. It really is for everyone, ultimately the more you put into it the more you'll get out of it. So go forth, venture into the Twittersphere and make the most of it! It really could change and help your career in more ways than one, so give it a go.
And remember, the most important account to follow... @YoungWritersCW 😉Published: Fri 29th Apr 2022