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How can teachers use Twitter?

12/05/2016 Joanna

Many teachers might not see the benefit of being on Twitter, as it tends to be used as a platform for brands to advertise, or merely as a social network.

However, as Twitter has grown so too have the communities that reside there - one of which is "tweachers", an online community of teachers.

Those teachers that are engaging with the social platform are continuing to see the benefits, particularly those in leadership positions, who see it as a support network of peers that they otherwise might not be able to tap into.

In an article in Conference & Common Room magazine, Tim Jefferis, deputy head at Oswestry School in Shropshire, shared his own advice on the use of Twitter for teachers.

Mr Jefferis not only uses Twitter himself, but has explored the benefits of teachers doing so.

"As with most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. I found that those leaders who had embedded the use of Twitter into their workflows reaped enormous benefits, benefits that far outweighed the negatives. The lurkers, or those only using the platform to post the 3rd XI hockey results, are missing a trick," he stated.

He suggests that to reap the benefits in the best way, teachers should interact with one another. Teachers from across the world can share information, allowing them to learn new practices, gain new ideas and see innovative methods that they might not otherwise become aware of.

Of course, not all teachers will be on Twitter, but according to Mr Jefferis' research it opens the door for learning from across the globe.  

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