Apr 17, 2021
Thanks to Daniela, who is a member of The Teaching Space
Community, for suggesting this episode topic.
You can join the community at community.theteachingspace.com.
This topic has been influenced by my own experience as well a
number of articles I read on the topic. I will link to the articles
in the show notes which you will find at theteachingspace.com/118.
This episode will focus on teachers using Twitter for their own
purposes rather than using it with students.
What is EduTwitter? (02:50)
- Educators on Twitter who generally use EduTwitter as a
- It's a great way to connect with people from all over the world
working in similar, or entirely different areas of education to
- Building your network in this way can lead to job offers!
(Remember AJ from episode 114?)
- You can engage in interesting, topical discussions, get help,
advice and help.
- You can stay current by knowing what is being discussed in
education right now.
- It's an easy way to find links to interesting articles,
podcasts, research, events etc.
- Event hashtags are fab.
- It's free PD (although often we forget to log it).
- It's a great way to try publishing content e.g.
- Twitter is a 'social' media platform - invariably you will end
up using it for work purposes during social time. This is a
boundary that needs consideration.
- If you are tweeting professionally, you need to consider your
- On self-promotion.
- Discussions can turn nasty... not often, but they can.
EduTwitter Wellbeing Strategies (11:43)
- It's all about boundaries. Think about how and when you will
engage in Twitter conversation. Who will you be? Is yours a
teaching only feed or a mix?
- Think twice before participating in certain discussions e.g.
isolation booths, 'prog' v 'trad' teachers, certain behaviour
- If you are going to participate and disagree, try to 'attack'
arguments rather than the people making them (see Greg Ashman's
- Carefully curate your feed, consider your 'bubble' - don't just
follow your sector or people who look at sound like you.
- Find hashtags of interest and check those and also use
- Participate in Twitter chats.
- Remember people often only show their 'best bits'.
- If you need a break, remove the app from your phone.
- Don't be afraid to unfollow people.
- Mute words.
- Be human.
Final Thoughts (20:33)
Treat Twitter as a community but ensure your boundaries are in
place. And give me a follow if you're there or joining: MartineGuernsey.