If you’re always on the hunt for new ideas to implement in the classroom or want to keep up with the latest news in education, then turn to Twitter. With teachers tweeting in droves, if determining whom to follow first is overwhelming, start by checking out these top 25 teachers, educators and experts on Twitter. By following their tweets, you will gain access to education news as it happens and numerous tips, activities and resources to use in your classroom or with your children.
1. Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) has won multiple awards for her blog and Flat Classroom projects. Follow her for tweets about classroom activities and the latest in educational research. When we spoke with Vicki she said, “Twitter is my most important connecting tool because of its intrinsic ability to condense a lot into a little and as a teacher I have such a short time to keep up.”
2. Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) is a principal who has won multiple awards for bringing technology into his school. His tweets focus on helping others do the same. When we spoke with Eric he said, “Twitter is one of the most valuable tools available to educators. It allows you to connect with and engage with like-minded people passionate about improving education and making a difference.” We couldn’t say it any better!
3. Mark Brumley (@MarkBrumley) is a leader in educational technology and offers numerous resources for teachers. Mark considers Twitter a “transformative tool for teacher professional development.”
4. Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) is a teacher librarian who tweets about resources for teachers and librarians and ways to integrate technology.
5. Kelly Hines (@kellyhines) is a mom and a National Board Certified teacher who provides teachers and parents with multiple resources.
6. Kyle Pace (@kylepace) is an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Lee’s Summit School District. He has been an avid tweeter for a number of years and offers valuable insights into the world of education. He feels “Twitter can be a powerful tool to connect, collaborate, curate and even create on a global scale. It should be one of the many tools a connected educator should employ not only for their learning, but to bring new learning experiences to their students.”
7. Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten), President of the American Federation of Teachers, tweets about his work as part of the AFT and advocates for teachers everywhere.
9. Stephen Sawchuck (@TeacherBeat), a writer for Education Week, tweets about educational policy and opportunities for teachers.
10. Teacher Sabrina (@teachersabrina) regularly tweets about education reform and her finds as she advocates for teachers and students.
11. Mr. Teacher (@mrteacher) does not offer much in the way of resources, but he does provide bits of insight for teachers and parents and clues the rest of the world into what most teachers are thinking.
12. Josh Allen (@j_allen) tweets to help teachers effectively implement technology in their classrooms. He also offers a lot of technology-based resources to use with students.
13. Martin Burrett (@ICTMagic) is a teacher who seeks to provide other teachers with resources related to information, communications technology (ICT) and education.
16. Scholastic Teachers (@ScholasticTeach) is run by teachers who work with Scholastic. Follow them to keep up with all of Scholastic’s resources and upcoming events for teachers.
17. Kelly Tenkely (@ktenkely) is a former teacher and the founder of Anastasis Academy and an educational consultant at iLearn Technology. She tweets resources for your classroom and examples of student work.
18. Lee Kolbert (@TeachaKidd) offers tweets related to edtech, teaching everyone to implement technology effectively.
19. Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) is an educator, author and speaker at such events as TEDx Des Moines. She offers inspiration, tips and resources on a regular basis.
20. Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) focuses on brining the Internet to teachers by blogging about web 2.0 resources and other digital technologies.
21. Carol Tonhauser (@cmt1), EdTech Facilitator at University of Alberta, gives you practical ways to bring technology into your classroom.
23. Frank Baker (@fbaker), a media education consultant from South Carolina, offers the latest news in media education and resources for teaching students to become smart viewers of the media. When asked about Twitter’s impact on education, he wrote the following: “When I worked in television news, I was regularly phoning in stories to the Associated Press news service. I would stand by the teletype machine and watch as the story I just called in was typed/distributed to all of AP’s members. Eventually that story was broadcast or published. To me Twitter does the same thing: it allows me to share/broadcast relevant stories/resources about media and media literacy with those who are most interested. As far as Twitter’s use in education, as a professional development trainer, I use it with English language arts teachers to demonstrate paraphrasing, headline writing and more.”
24. Joan Young (@flourishingkids) is an elementary school teacher who focuses on finding ways for all kids to learn.
25. Danny Kinzer (@MrKTweets) is an educator and avid explorer. He has traveled extensively and offers fresh perspectives on K12 education around the world. He is currently teaching in Taiwan and consistently delivers meaningful insights into the future of education and technology.