Twitter

Teacher on Twitter

Connecting with people who share the same passions affirms that you’re not alone; that there are others like you and that, while many might not understand your passion, some do.  

Sir Ken Robinson The Element

I took a decision last summer to blog and actively use social media. My main reason for this was to explore its potential and show that actually social media can be used in a positive way. I have also taken inspiration for variety of educationalist’s who regularly tweet and blog on their experiences, they are as follows:

@DeputyMitchell 

@jamesmichie

@tombarrett 

@GrahamCarterGC 

@ewanmcintosh 

I honestly have not looked back since and it has become an integral part of teaching and professional development.  I often get asked and comments made about twitter, I don’t see how have time to tweet or don’t really get the point.  My tweets are about my role, teaching, learning and my own development. I also like to retweet interesting articles, information and quotes.

Knowledge is readily available on the Internet from a variety of different sources for students. The key to learning in my experience is collaboration and information sharing. There are teachers on twitter who are doing the same role who may have different experiences or similiar experiences.

I have found twitter/blogging (although I do need to blog more!) a great sources of information, inspiration, creativity and innovation.  Twitter is a great way of connecting with people, finding out new information, generating ideas and developing projects. It is an investment of time, energy and effort but is it well worth. In the classroom of the future and  the here and now can teachers afford not to tweet? I suppose it depends on your outlook, a classroom can literally be a classroom or it could be a global classroom with endless possibilities.

Every journey requires a first step, you won’t regret it. What are you waiting for? Get tweeting!

Useful Links

http://www.notosh.com/2011/10/pearson-report-supporting-teacher-cpd-with-social-media/

http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/05/ten-twitter-tips-for-teachers/

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2 thoughts on “Twitter

  1. Yay! Teachers enter the 21st century, who’d ‘ve thought it. The possibilities for teaching are limitless really.
    Personally, am finding it hard to be concise, being an English teacher. Also I don’t have a hi-tech phone so think that’s a draw back, having to use a real computer. Poss I’m just realising how old I am!

  2. Absolutely agree with what you say, Stephen.

    I spend quite a lot of time on Twitter (as you may have realised!) but am able to as I finished full-time work in 2010. It supports my consultancy work and also my doctoral studies. I always recommend Twitter to teachers/school leaders and know that some of them try it and find it so helpful that they become advocates themselves. I do warn that it’s addictive (I think that’s bound up with the interaction involved – we generally like to make connections with people and to hear their response to what we say). So it’s important, I think, to decide how and when you plan to use it and to have a degree of self-discipline here (not that I always manage that!)

    I know a head who checks Twitter for just 10 minutes each day. He doesn’t follow many people, but he likes to follow people like me who read and RT a lot. I try to put enough info in my tweets to help people decide whether the link is something they’d find interesting and useful to follow up/save for later.

    I was also talking to a group of middle leaders on a preparing for senior leadership course a few months ago and one of them said he’d heard the analogy that Twitter is like a waterfall. It’s constantly flowing and you can’t ‘catch’ it all, but you put your cup underneath it and take whatever is useful to you, and then when you’re ready you go back and put your cup underneath it again. I found that a helpful way of looking at it.

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