A Refreshingly Simple Guide To Twitter For Teachers

Teachers are on Twitter every minute of every day. There are daily hashtag chats where educators from around the globe collaborate, share interesting tidbits, and make lifelong connections never before possible. There are people with tens of thousands of followers who are viewed as thought and opinion leaders. It’s a minute-by-minute pulse of the education world.

It’s exhausting.

It’s overwhelming.

It’s hard to imagine where to start.

That’s the idea behind this simple visual guide to Twitter for teachers who are either new to the social network or simply need a refresher about why they got started in the first place. In case you’re new to the scene, Twitter is basically a real-time social network that helps users share, follow, and interact with stories, opinions, links, pictures, and videos in 140-character messages. That’s the definition from the folks at Rossier Online at least. I’d agree but would want you to know that it’s really a lot more than that. It’s a robust communication platform that changes your opinion, perspective, and insight into the entire world. Not bad for 140 characters.

So if you’re scared of getting started with Twitter, this is a great first visual to check out. Then, check out this post we did all about how to fight back the anxiety that comes with joining a new app, web tools, or social network.

This image is a little bit dated (uses old icons, etc.) but the usefulness remains. The hashtag chats mentioned at the bottom are alive and well. The users are still tweeting, and we’re all learning together!

twitter for teachers

Source: Rossier Online


  1. Jessica

    October 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Awesome post! I’ve used #edchat many a time for questions, lesson ideas, etc. Twitter isn’t so scary once you just get out there and start using it :)

  2. Daniel

    October 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Here in Ireland, we use the hashtag #EdChatIE to discuss education related thing specific to Ireland

  3. Darrah L

    October 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    This is great! It would be even better (and reach more users) if a text alternative for the wonderful “Twitter for Teachers” image could be provided.