Twitter is a marvellous tool for all sorts of hobbies, niches and industries. Education is no exception. If you’re a teacher on Twitter, a whole world of tips and insight from education thought leaders, organisations and fellow teachers is at you feet.
Don’t know where to get started? Let us help you wade through Twitter’s educational sea with this (far from comprehensive) list of essential teacher Twitter account and hashtags.
Twitter accounts every teacher needs to follow
When it comes to picking up teaching tips, inspiration, and resources, there are few better places to head than We Are Teachers. Over half a million educators follow their twitter feed – join them.
For more tips and educational resources, but with a Primary spin, look no further than Teach Primary. Part of the teachwire network, Primary teachers will never be short of inspiration again.
One of the world’s most prolific educational bloggers, Vicki Davis, may be base in the US, but her educational writings and podcast guests offer insights that are universal.
4. Tes @tes
You’ll no doubt know Tes for their innovative online tools and services, but there twitter channel is also home to plenty of news and opinion around schools, education, and educational policy.
As former editor of Schools Week, a Guardian columnist and now co-founder of Teachr Tapp, Laura McInerney is one of the country’s leading educational experts.
As chair of the Department for Education and an advisor to LGBTed, David Weston is one Twitter’s most (as his handle suggests) informed voices on where education is heading in the UK.
Another account that likely needs no introduction. Probably the UK’s number 1 education blog, Teacher Toolkit offers you help on everything from what books to read to tips for presenting an assembly.
Some light relief now with Bored Teachers. Featuring gifs, funnies and personality quizzes, this channel can brighten up even the darkest of teaching days.
An ex-teacher and now the Director of Education at the Chartered College of Teaching, Cat Scutt shares articles from an organisation dedicated to raising the status of the teaching profession.
We’re going back across the pond now. Dr. Catlin Tucker is an expert in blended learning. Once you’ve seen our explanatory piece, head to her profile to expand your knowledge.
Staying in the US, Nicholas Ferroni is an excellent choice if you want an American perspective on teaching. His tweets are a fantastic voice of support for the profession.
12. ISTE @iste
Back with organisations and this time the ISTE. Their work empowers educators to technology to enhance teaching an learning. Their Twitter features lots of content and links to courses to help you do just that.
The go-to for teachers across the country, Twinkl’s Twitter channels can beam a daily stream of their latest and best resources, right into your feed.
For official announcements and updates on educational policy and administration, head straight for the source with the UK government’s Department of Education Twitter.
Sticking with government, take a look at National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington as he travels the country speaking to schools and trusts on matters of educational governance.
Joanna Grace is Founder of the Sensory Projects and seeks to contribute to a world where everyone is understood in spite of difference. Once you’ve followed her, read her exclusive guest piece on using senses to stimulate learning.
All the latest news and outstanding journalistic prowess of The Guardian, but specifically curated for education-related news.
We’re heading all the way over to Melbourne for our next must-follow channel. Summer Howarth specialises in designing learner experiences.
Teacher2Teacher is one of the best places for educators all over the world to connect with one another. Reach out to them if you want the answer to a tough teaching conundrum.
Teaching is a profession that requires you to constantly learn and develop. The best place to head for help with that is the Teacher Development Trust.
Diversity in teaching is rightfully under the spotlight today more than ever. Allana Gay is a founding member of the BAMEed network, placing her on the frontline of the issue.
For more on the industry’s efforts to increase diversity and opportunity for BAME teachers, be sure to also check that very same network mentioned above.
Lynn McCann tweets provides support, advice and expertise in the area of autism in teaching. Check her out on twitter and read over her exclusive piece for Hope Education – ways to support autistic children in schools.
An author and director at Creative Education, Dr Pooky Knightsmith is an expert in a field of such important today – mental health. She shares her tips and advice on Twitter via a series of YouTube videos.
Following in the footsteps of other industries like football and the justice system, the Secret Headteacher takes you behind the scenes of the profession with at times brutal honesty.
Deputy headteacher and lover of his role as educator, Mr G has created #FFBWednesday, allowing people in education to connect with one another.
Author Paul Garvey has published books on Ofsted preparations and professional development in schools, but his Twitter is full of enthusiasm and support for the profession.
Heading back to the subject of diversity and opportunity, @WomenEd connects aspiring and existing women in global education.
One of the strategical leaders of that women’s organisation is Vivienne Porritt, who also has an excellent TEDx talk on celebrating uniqueness.
For educational quotes, teaching hacks and content from his own @teachergoals Twitter, take a look at US-based Brad Weinstein.
Another light-hearted entry to finish. Fake Headteacher is a parody account that takes a humorous look at the everyday struggles of teaching – plus the occasional rant!
We couldn’t complete our list without giving a shoutout to our own channel. Head to the Hope Education Twitter for lots of inspiration, fun and support for all you educators out there.
Educational Twitter hashtags for teachers
For a general, all encompassing hashtag for those adding to the educational Twittersphere.
Got something to say in relation to educational tech? There’s are a dedicated hashtag for that.
Exactly the same purpose as the #edchat channel, but purely for the purpose of reaching those in the UK.
For more on the efforts of the industry to improve diversity and opportunity for the BAME community.
Elevating the efforts of women in education, #WomenEd focuses on promoting social change in the industry.
Another broad hashtag as your one-stop-shop for getting the lowdown on what’s going on in education on any given day.
One final diversity-focused hashtag, this time looking to celebrate the LGBT community-arm of education.
For all the that little things that make teaching what it is, head to #teacherlife – you’ll surely find something that puts a smile on your face.
Like we said, we couldn’t possibly mention every educational account worthy of mention – so huge apologises to anyone we missed out. If your favourite teaching twitter account isn’t on this list, head over to @HopeEducationUK and let us know!