140 Twitter Tips for Educators is a book for educators written by educators. It has helped thousands of teachers and administrators expand their personal learning networks and reinvigorate their careers. There is no doubt that over the past decade Twitter has helped support educators with sharing resources and reflecting on how they impact student success. Recently, the Evolving Educators came out with three new Twitter tips in response to the collective disappointment that the educational community is having with the way certain individuals are using Twitter in not so appealing ways.
We are seeing trends where some educators think they are challenging the thoughts of others, when in fact they are being incredibly negative and offering no solutions. This is how Twitter Tip #141 came about and simply recommends to unfollow Negative Nellies. Twitter Tip #142 highlights the importance of really looking at who actually follows you and why they are following you. There are some educators out there using programs that mass follow Twitter accounts for the simple reason of actually gaining more followers. This past year we saw Twitter roll back the verified account process in response to some outrageous accounts that were being approved without much thought. This is how Twitter Tip #143 was born. We recommend researching the verified accounts you are following and ask yourself is that the type of person, place, or thing you really want to be associated with.
Twitter Tips for Educators is a book for educators written by educators. It has helped thousands of teachers and administrators expand their personal learning networks and reinvigorate their careers. There is no doubt that over the past decade Twitter has helped support educators with sharing resources and reflecting on how they impact student success. Recently, the Evolving Educators came out with three new Twitter tips in response to the collective disappointment that the educational community is having with the way certain individuals are using Twitter in not so appealing ways.
Typically we try to focus on all the positive and unbelievable things that are happening in the world of education. Without Twitter, many of us would not be connected with the great minds and ideas like we are today. From time to time though, we feel it necessary to give people a heads up on things we are hearing about from our friends in the educational community. This summer make sure to share your favorite Twitter tips using the hashtag #140EduTips. Interested in bulk pricing for an online book talk or staff resource? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, we can come out to your school or district and provide staff with Twitter training. There is no better tool than Twitter to tell your story and/or stay current with educational best practices. Get your copy of 140 Twitter Tips today!
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That's right. You heard it here first. The Twitter feed never lies. Or at the very least it provides users the ability to access classroom, school, or district content that would otherwise be hard to obtain if observing from afar. Teachers, principals, and superintendents from around the world are taking 140 characters to get the message out and move the educational conversation forward.
Throughout the 2016-2017 school year Black River Middle School, by way of the @BlackRiverMS Twitter handle, was able to give stakeholder's an accurate depiction of learning experiences that take place across all grade levels and subject areas. Mrs. Moore's 4th grade classroom by way of the @MrsMooreFRSD Twitter handle was able to expand my knowledge as a parent of my son's daily learning experiences. The Falls Creek School District in Wisconsin leveraged the power of their hashtag #gocrickets and Twitter handle @fccrickets to promote all the great things that are taking place on a daily basis.
There are so many great examples of how educators use Twitter to push the positive. Tweets highlight the great work of students, the innovative methods that teachers implement, and the exciting learning environment that leaders support. All it takes is a smartphone, the Twitter app, and a commitment to tell your story through social media.
A great way to become acclimated to all the things that Twitter has to offer is by purchasing the book 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. It provides novice, intermediate, and expert users ideas and insight on how to make this invaluable tool work for you. At the end of the day, if you do not tell your classroom, school, or district story, someone else will and it could be wrong.
Brad Currie is the author of the newly released 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. His other books include All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities and Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development. He is one of the founding partners of Evolving Educators LLC. Brad is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader and Google Certified Trainer. Brad currently serves as a K-8 Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He speaks and presents nationally about technology integration. Learn more about Brad by following him on Twitter@bradmcurrie or visiting his website at www.bradcurrie.net.
During a presentation or while conversing, people will often ask me how being on a tool like Twitter or LinkedIn can help educators improve their craft. Providing concrete examples to people will help them see the power of being a connected educator. I also emphasize the importance of differentiating the way people obtain and share best practice resources. In the end, the more educators share ideas and information, the more student success will be impacted. Here is an example of the sharing process....
I follow Derek McCoy, school leader from North Carolina, on LinkedIn. Early one morning before getting ready for work I scrolled through my LinkedIn feed and came across a great resource that Derek shared. It was a blog post written by John Spencer titled 8 Ways to Keep Informational Text Engaging. I was so impressed with its content that I decided to tweet it to my followers. I then proceeded to put it in my weekly email blast to staff called the Bulldog Bulletin that is chock full of best practice resources. The hope here is that my PLN and fellow colleagues will continue to share out this wonderful blog post by John Spencer. As I said earlier in this post, sharing is contagious and will ultimately impact the success of students.
Another example relates to our district's transition to Google Classroom. Alice Keeler, an adjunct, author, and edtech guru from California, consistently puts out great content related to GAFE on her blog titled Teacher Tech. I use a service called Feedly that stores all my blog subscriptions which can be accessed through an app I have on my iPhone. On a weekly basis I will got to Alice's blog through Feedly knowing that she will have timely and relevant content related to GAFE. I can then share her content on my various social media feeds and with my colleagues. In the long run it helps everyone stay current and helps integrate the various tools students use in the most efficient way possible.
So what do you say? Take a few moments each day to consume and share best practice resources. It will make all of us better educators in the long run and push our students to places once thought inimaginable. As the old adage says: Connect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.
Brad Currie is the author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities. He is one of the founding partners of Evolving Educators LLC. Brad is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader and Google Certified Trainer. He currently serves as a K-8 Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. Learn more about Brad by following him on Twitter @bradmcurrie or visiting his website at www.bradcurrie.net.