Twitter – the best (free) CPD around!

Since starting this blog, I have become more and more aware of the vast amount of resources available and fellow teachers that are also investigating online resources and educational apps. One of the best ways of finding out about interesting educational things is to use Twitter. There are lots of educators around the world who tweet about interesting resources on a very regular basis.

If you are already a twitter user, then I would recommend following these ‘hashtags’:

#edchat

#edchatuk

#ipaded

#tweachers

If you are not already twitter user, and are wondering what all the fuss is about, I would suggest reading the following blog posts:

The Definitive Guide to Blogging and Tweeting for Teachers.

Welcome to the best CPD Ever.

100 Twitter Tips for Teachers

There are also lots of Twitter apps for your iPad, to help to read and manage your tweets effectively. There is the official Twitter app, which is ok. It looks like this:

To access your Twitter feed you need to tap on the ‘home’ button on the side.

The official Twitter app is a very clean simple app, but I do find the different areas a little annoying to navigate. So I use Tweetbot which cost £1.99. It is a much more powerful app, you have all your information on the main screen and you can easily tap on people to find out more about them.

As a teacher, I would recommend having a separate account for your ‘Teacher Twitter’, as I have already had a few pupils find me and start following me (although I am pretty sure they will get bored of the educational resource tweets pretty soon!).

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