Using Twitter for CPD by Webby

Name: Webby
Twitter name:
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Using twitter for CPD

1: Remember that 140 characters means that thoughts are usually expressed with greater certainty and fewer nuances than is genuinely the case.

2: Join in scheduled twitter conversations that are of interest to you (either by subject eg. #rechat or position in school eg. #nqtchat)

3: People tend to follow those who they instinctively agree with. Follow others too and actively engage in professional debate.

4: Remember you are publishing your thoughts publicly – don’t write something that would allow a student or colleague to be identified.

5: There are some very good ‘self publicists’ on twitter who may/may not have a back-story they are not telling! Lots of followers may not mean good advice!

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Twitter for CPD by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous
Twitter name:
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Headteacher
What is your advice about? Twitter for CPD

1: Find out what you can about who you ‘follow’ for advice on Twitter.

2: There are lots of charlatans on Twitter offering advice. Check to see if they are actually good at what they do.

3: Check to see what has been achieved in terms of Ofsted or subject results if possible.  You’d be astonished to see the poor outcomes from some of the biggest Twitter ‘names’.

4: Beware – there are many Twitter accounts which are well followed written by teaching folk who are simply not very good at the job.

5: Twitter and technology can be addictive.  Use it for focused research or fun.  Don’t become one of the many who spend their whole day on it!