If you ever thought twitter was only good for following the lives of celebrities, think again! Educators all around the world have begun using this form of social media to collaborate, connect and learn from one another. You can find thousands of teachers online each week participating in “chats” around various topics and questions. If you are not available to participate in the live chat, chat archives are always available online.
You can find a group (designated by the # sign, known as a hashtag) dedicated to all types of teachers , examples including #engchat (for English teachers), #midleved (for middle school teachers), #isedchat (for teachers in independent schools) and #5thchat (for fifth grade teachers).
You may be asking yourselves, this sounds great but how can I use it for professional development?
- Do you have a question about a particular topic? Send a tweet to your subject’s hashtag for instant feedback from other teachers around the world.
- Are you looking to collaborate with a teacher? Send a tweet asking for volunteers or for collaboration partners.
- Are you interested in learning about what other teachers are teaching? Follow the hashtag to read about what others are sharing about their teaching experiences.
Read these articles for more information on how teachers can use Twitter for instant, on demand professional development. “Teachers Teaching Teachers, on Twitter: Q. and A. on ‘Edchats”
Twitter for Professional Development
List of weekly education chats