Why Twitter is essential for every teacher
The class account shared examples of pupils work, homework, class news etc and received some good feedback from parents. It was only when I came out of the classroom and took on the roll of covering PPA with the iPads did I change it from a class account to a school account. Along with this I started our school blog - http://davyhulme.primaryblogger.co.uk. I was able to set up the blog to automatically tweet new posts to help spread our work and build our audience. We quickly started picking up followers when examples of the iPad work was being shared. Through the school account I was following others and gathering loads of ideas and tips and joining in with discussions about different educational issues. It was only after I tuned into a Teachmeet to see some of our work being shared by @Ideas_Factory (See the video here) that he suggested I start my own Tweacher account. I quickly went about setting up my own teacher account as well as setting up this blog. I felt that although I had to still remember my position as a teacher but I could then give more personal views on topics also keep the account if I was to ever move schools etc.
Four months later, I have just notched up my 1,000 follower, I have been able to network and meet some incredibly inspiring teachers, get involved in teachmeets, provide training in other schools and LEARN SO MUCH to better myself as a teacher!!
So the next step - to try and convince other staff at my school to join the Twitter revolution!!!!!
I am going to share all the ideas that I have implemented this year through learning about them on twitter, these include:
- Endless tips on iPad deployment & tonnes of ideas for iPad apps and lessons.
- Extreme Reading Challenge.
- Slow Writing
- 100 Word Challenge / 5 Sentence Challenge
- Literacy Shed
- Digital Leaders
- Skyping and connecting with other classes around the world.
- 5 Minute Lesson Plan
- Makey Makeys
If you are in the same boat as me and need to try and convince others to join, here are some links that may help:
- #BATTUK - @Basttuk
- Using Twitter to build a personal and professional learning network - by @connectedtchr
- Using Twitter for Professional Development by @Education_World
- Twitter for CPD by @therobharrison
- Use Twitter to improve your teaching by @ThatIanGilbert
- The 14 Day Twitter Challenge by @MrRobbo
- Teachers use Twitter as their preferred CPD tool - by @TeamTait & @ICTEvangelist
- 10 Commandments for Tweeting Teachers - by @TalkingDonkeyRE
- Twitter Resources - by @mrbadura
- The ten commandments of Twitter - by @Gripweed1
Got a staff meeting on Mon, trying to convince staff to join twitter, please help by sharing why it works for you! use - #twitter4teachers
— Mr Parkinson (@ICT_MrP) April 12, 2013
And so straight away within seconds I had a handful of responses - here are some of them:
@ict_mrp I've learned so much and got great teaching resources being on here! Best CPD I've ever had. Great hearing others views on things
— michelle lever (@michellelever2) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp Amazing resources and advice from very inspirational people! I've stumbled on gr8 resources and ideas from seeing them on twitter!
— Rachel Hawkins (@rachybabes81) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp a quick and easy way to meet and share ideas and resources across the world. Biggest teachmeet you can get #twitter4teachers
— Louise Brooks (@lobroo) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp great for taking ownership of own cpd. Fantastic exchange of ideas & source of constant inspiration. #twitter4teachers
— Vikki Bruff (@vikkibruff) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp twitter offers opportunity for debate, research, communication and critique with plenty of links to explore #twitter4teachers
— Daniel Edwards (@syded06) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp Hooks, imagination, ideas, lightbulb moments, up to date, instant feedback, trying new stuff,this is the future! #twitter4teachers
— Andy Hudson (@andyhudson77) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp I love looking at all the pictures of great resources/displays - I get so many great ideas! :)
— Siân Carter (@siancarter1) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp so many tips for lessons, planning, displays etc. Incredible opportunity to share best practice with teachers all over the world!!!
— Sam Aiston(@SAiston) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp A fantastic resource for new ideas and different educational viewpoints. Helping keep classroom practice fresh! #twitter4teachers
— Chris Welander (@ChrisWelander) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp need an idea or advice I have a pegeek community at my finger tips willing to share and help! G8 minds all in one place!
— MrFairbairnPE (@MrFairbairnPE) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp love #twitter4teachers so many gr8 ideas, pd any time, connections with others frm around the world!
— Marcelle Natusch (@MNatusch) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp you will get more innovate ideas on Twitter than any cpd course. Twitter is the most forward thinking way for teachers to learn.
— John MacPhie (@macphiejohn) April 12, 2013
@ict_mrp loads of hints and tips, some 'what went wrongs' and a place to feel free to ask for and offer support and advice #twitter4teachers
— Sarah Milne (@enlimcharas) April 12, 2013
Best form of CPD period! #twitter4teachers
— Ossie Sarkodee (@Ossie76) April 12, 2013
I had so many overwhelming responses that I couldn't keep up with them all so decided to make this Google form and then share this through twitter to gain responses. Please add your ideas to this conversation and help me bring more teachers from my school to join twitter!!!!