Together, together, together everyone
Together, together, come on lets have some fun
Together, were there for each other every time
Together together come on lets do this right
- Taken from 'High School Musical'
Whenever I visit a school I ask how many teachers are in twitter and use it for professional purposes. The answers are usually the same - very few! Of course there are exceptions when almost all teachers use it and even when classes have their own twitter accounts for sharing ideas, good practise and celebrating childrens' work and achievements.
When I ask why staff are not on twitter they usually say that they do not have the time. Which I can understand as it can become addictive. It is interesting to see that mant of the staff have Facebook though they usually only use it for personal reasons rather than professional.
Twitter is amazing and filled with so many people sharing ideas, research and practice. There are also many Facebook pages being created for the sharing and discussion of ideas and resources.
I use a short animation to illustrate the usefulness of social media to teachers.
It's smarter to travel in groups
This is a Belgian Bus advert and the text at the end says it is smarter to travel in groups.
Teaching is like this ice floe and the more teachers we can get onto the ice, the better chance we have against the predators. Depending on where you work this may be SLT, Ofsted or other external pressures.
Twitter and Facebook can are filled with experts that you can speak to at your own leisure, from classroom practitioners, authors, ofsted inspectors, head teachers, scientists researchers and many more.
Get twittering and facebookering.
I was going to add a list of #tweachers here but I wouldn't like to list them here and offend some people by missing them out. If you have twitter please leave your twitter handle in the comments section so people can add you.
Some facebook pages that may be of interest:
Literacy Shed https://www.facebook.com/litshed
Maths Shed https://www.facebook.com/mathshed
Resources ideas and stress relief https://www.facebook.com/groups/2367182833/
Reading for pleasure https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544272119166812/