Every week you will see something about education in the news. We get told we are failing in our duties to teach, yet are never offered a solution. We get given the criticism but not the answers. That’s where Twitter comes in. A social hub for many teachers and educational experts looking to network, to talk about their passion for teaching beyond the walls of the classroom or the scrutiny of management. Like a herd, we feel safe among other like-minded individuals. Sure – you get the odd arrogant individual who has nothing better to do than moan, but on the whole people get on, share, collaborate and engage.
Safety Outside of the Classroom – Feeling bettertogether
Twitter is a place to gather and share. It is place where you’re not judged by any educational bodies – you can speak freely about what you think works in the classroom, what your opinion is on strategies, how you think you should raise the attainment of pupils. Better yet, you can show people what worked for you. What did you do in the classroom to get your pupils to engage for example? You also have the opportunity to see what other people in your profession are going through – the highs and the lows!
Sit back and Watch
Best part of Twitter – you don’t have to get involved. You can be the fly on the wall that watches conversations unravel, gains insights into topics of interest and even steals ideas for lesson plans or classroom strategies…if it’s been posted then it is there to share for a reason so don’t feel guilty about taking it.
# – Let’s take a look
You can’t talk about Twitter without the #. Make sure you search the following #s next time you’re on Twitter. There are images of today’s action under those particular hashtags so you can see what you could miss out on if you weren’t searching (you may have to click on the images to increase the quality):
Have a look at the following article if you want to see more: The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter
This is a topic I am particularly interested in. E-Safety is not just for the pupil, it is for the teacher as well. Although Twitter is more anonymous than other social media sites like Facebook, it is still possible to slip up. Always check your tweets, don’t tweet anything you’ll regret, don’t start an argument out of a grudge and don’t talk about your colleagues – unless it is positive. How are you covering e-safety in your school? If you teach E-Safety then you’re on the right path – the more you teach about it the more you learn about it.
Not for Everyone
Remember this – Twitter is not for everyone, no matter how good you think it is or how hard you try persuade someone to join up. People – in fact teachers more so than anyone – do not like change, they do not like the idea off ‘new’ things that take them out of the comfort zone. If you really want someone you know to get involved with Twitter then be patient, show them how and why it works step-by-step. Start with this video as well:
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