The first version of this post was published on mrkempnz.com
As an educator that is addicted to using social media for professional learning, I wish I’d had a list of things to tweet about when I first started out on this journey.
So, in an effort to help those Educators on Twitter, here is my list of 9 things that educators should tweet about:
- Be yourself and show people that you are real! Tweet about what inspires you and what happens in your day to day life as an educator
- Sharing images — people love to see what your classroom, school, project, activity etc. looks like so they can get inspiration
- Share links to articles that you write or articles that you have read. Nearly every educator I know loves a good nighttime read
- Quotes and thoughts related to education (always remember to link to the author)
- Ask questions and give answers — tweet responses directly to people and ask questions if you are unsure
- Get involved in Twitter Chats — tweet your answers to questions and your thoughts to other educators tweets
- Support other educators by giving a ‘favourite’ or a ‘retweet’ to their posts. This shows that you appreciate and enjoy what they have tweeted
- Be positive — tell people how much you love their work, demonstrate positivity in everything you tweet. You can still be constructive and be passionate but always be respectful — like we tell our students “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!”
- Suggest other educators to follow — you can do this at any stage but I like to make use of #FF (Follow Friday) where people share their favourite connections
I hope this list goes some way towards helping other educators get involved in Twitter. It has changed my life as an educator and as a leader and I hope that you get involved and utilise the power of a PLN.
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