Oh, Twitter. You’re so useful for teachers. You connect educators so that they can share tools, tips and tricks, offer insight, and support one another. You bring your sexy social media-ness into the classroom to keep kids interested in what they’re learning when they think they’re actually (sort of) having fun instead. That said, there are still skeptics. How can 140 characters be so effective? Does anyone even care what I have to say? How do teachers really use it?
These questions and more are explored in the handy infographic below. Keep reading to learn more – and join in the discussion! What are your favorite ways of using Twitter (either in your classroom or for your own professional development? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Why and How Teachers Are Using Twitter
- Many say it is the best form of CPD they’ve had
- Collaborations from experts around the world
- View teachers’ blogs on what makes their classrooms tick
- Share resources easily and quickly
- It is a virtual staff room
- Connect with likeminded people
- Create a professional learning network community
- It can be what you want, when you want it
- Use hashtags to follow and contribute to discussions
- Get the latest news and what’s new in education
- One teacher followed another (we’ll call this person the ‘original teacher’), and checked out the original teacher’s blog, and tweeted about it because they liked it.
- Another teacher saw that tweet and asked the original teacher about how they could do an activity mentioned. They also asked their PLN about it.
- Many other teachers replied, and that teacher complied the ideas and made an infographic!