Why use Twitter As a Teacher
"For ideas, support, further reading & inspiration. Always love sharing & seeing other teacher’s work!" - @teachtynanteach
Twitter, whether you like it or not, whether you think it’s worthwhile or not, is a hotbed of some of the most innovative, interesting, current, supportive and brilliant practice when it comes to teaching and learning. Looking for ideas on a certain topic? Get on there and as your PLN (professional learning network) develops, you’ll find that the teachers on Twitter will help you.
I can honestly say that I would not be in the position I am now in my career if it hadn’t been for the support and opportunities that I have been able to take up based upon my connections with others on Twitter.
I was delivering a session on innovative wall displays a few months ago, so I thought I would ask Twitter if they would like to share some of their wall displays. I had literally hundreds of replies from teachers all over the world. I was blown away with the amount of creativity and willingness to share that I saw. Reflecting upon this and other times where my personal learning network (PLN) have helped me out, caused me to reflect upon why Twitter is such a very good place for professional learning. It leads me to think about why teachers have such a great community on Twitter, and what it is to be a teacher. The thing about it is, you know what your staffroom is like, it will be full of all of the different kinds of teacher. There will be those looking to share their practice, share their wins and their failings, those willing to open themselves up to help and support others (some not so much) - Twitter is just like that, and it’s for that reason that people often call Twitter the best staffroom in the world.