Earlier this year, I posted Twitter 101 for Teachers: Steps for Getting Started on Twitter, sharing the key steps for how educators can crack Twitter and discover its usefulness as a great information resource and way to connect with other educators around the world.
If you are new to Twitter or social media, read that post to discover how to make Twitter useful for you.
One of the keys shared was to find useful people and organizations to follow. A good tweeter to follow is not only someone with useful information, but one who uses Twitter well.
The list below shares more than 30 of the most useful people, organizations and hashtags I’ve found on Twitter, for educators. Clicking any of the user names will take you to that tweeter’s profile on Twitter, where you can then click the “follow” button to add them to your feed. (You need to be signed in to your Twitter account.)
Find me on Twitter: @elissafield – I tweet about teaching, writing and current events.
In addition to the users below, check out the most currently updated members of my teaching tweeters list on Twitter: Elissa Field’s Teach list
@edutopia – Edutopia: “Inspiration and information for what works in education”; one of my favorite educational resources
@ASCD – “The international education association dedicated to providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.”
@MindShiftKQED – Mind Shift “explores the future of learning, covering cultural and tech trends and innovations in education”
@edudemic – Edudemic: “A dedicated community of educators and technologists looking to enhance learning.” (Cambridge, MA)
@ChildMindDotOrg – Child Mind Institute: “a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Follow us for up-to-the minute news on child mental health.”
@NYTimesLearning – New York Times Learning Network – an online resource for teaching and learning, using news published in the NYTimes.
@IRAToday – International Reading Association
@writingproject – National Writing Project: a favorite, “focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning”
@TCRWP – “The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is one of the world’s premier providers of professional development in the teaching of reading and writing.”
@Newsela – this is one of my new favorites: a website that serves up news stories on myriad topics, searchable by reading level, offering great current event reading for students of all ages.
@RWTnow Read Write Think. org – “free access to the highest quality materials for reading & language arts instruction”
@TED_ED – TED-Ed: “TED’s education initiative, is an online library of short, captivating videos that engage inquisitive learners all over the world.”
@LearnwithTED – similarly, a resource for using TED talks in learning
@KhanAcademy – Khan Academy: “Working to make a free, world-class education available for anyone, anywhere” — one resource, although not my favorite, for flipping classes
Top Educators, Researchers & Speakers:
(Several educators whom I admire – such as Carol Ann Tomlinson – are on Twitter, but seldom tweet, so are not included on this list.)
@RickWormeli – Rick Wormeli is one of my favorite educators
@arneduncan – go official: this is the official Twitter account for the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
@judywillis – Judy Willis: “neuroeducation consultant/lecturer, physician/neurologist, former teacher, How the Brain Learns author.” (Santa Barbera, CA)
@SirKenRobinson – Sir Ken Robinson, best known for his inspiring TED talks on education reform (Los Angeles, CA)
@buffyjhamilton – Buffy Hamilton: “Librarian & Learning Strategist for CPL who loves learning, literacy, stories, social media”
@unfragilekids – Leonard Sax, MD, PhD: author of several studies on gender differences in education (rarely tweets)
Teachers Who Tweet:
Lots of educators tweet (you, too? leave your user name in the comments below) and I follow nearly a hundred, but these are ones who resonated with me at the time I compiled this list.
@JulieDRamsay – “Educator with passion for student-directed learning; author of Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing? Collaborating in Class and Online;NBCT; blogger” (Birmingham, AL)
@stumpteacher – Josh Stumpenhorst: “father, husband, teacher, blogger, runner, presenter, learner, and disrupter…always looking to be better and stay relevant. (2012 IL Teacher of the Year)” (Chicago)
@InnovativeEdu – Lisa Nielsen: “Educator. Innovator. Author. Blogger.” (Manhattan)
@whatedsaid – Edna Sackson: I love this teacher’s blog (Melbourne, Australia)
@RobinDubiel – Robin and I routinely trade each other’s Pinterest recommendations, and she is often a great fellow-tweeter
@ChrisLehman – “Educator, speaker, author, dad”
@MicheleCorbat – a co-moderator of #COLchat
MG and YA Authors:
@camphalfblood – Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson series and more
@RolandCSmith – Roland Smith, author of I,Q series, Elephant Run, Peak and more
@realjohngreen – John Green: “I write books, including Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. (Books are like tweets, except longer.) I also make videos with my brother.” His videos are a hit.
@rebstead – Rebecca Stead, one of my favorite authors: “My books for kids: First Light, When You Reach Me, Liar & Spy.”
@KateMessner – Kate Messner: “Children’s author, reader, dreamer, educator, & TED2012 speaker”
@novaren – Nova Ren Suma: author of young adult books including Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone
#educhat or #edchat – matters related to teaching and education
#FLedchat – chats on Wednesdays at 8 EST via Tammy Neil (@MathNeil)
#edtech – tweets related to educational technology
#mschat – chats for middle school educators
#sbgchat – one of my favorite chat-threads, on standards-based learning and grading
#COLchat – community of learning chat – fab, positive energy
#STEM – tweets addressing focus on science, technology, engineering and math – including writing that addresses these
#gtchat – chats about education for gifted and talented students, for parents and educators
#MGlit – used for chats and other tweets related to middle grade fiction
#YAlit – used for chats and other tweets related to young adult fiction
#litchat – literary or book chats held several times each week
#YAlit, #MGlit or #kidlit – chats about young adult, middle grade & children’s lit
Twitter trick: Have you ever wondered what a hashtag stood for and didn’t know how to look it up? Try this: http://tagdef.com/
(If you’re curious about a meaning and the tag is not listed on the tagdef site — as happened for me with #WTLconf12 — you can always tweet someone using the tag to ask them the meaning.)
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Feel free to add your suggestions or your own Twitter ID in the comments, and do look me up: @elissafield
Housekeeping takes time: if we are already connected on Twitter, check to see if I added you to the twitter list you would fit on by checking here. If not, private message me so I can add you.
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