Social Media

Love them or loathe them, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are a great way to connect with the wider world from the comfort of your own home.

MaternityTeacher, @CatCampbell15 shares her top tips for using social media to support purposeful CPD.  You can read her CPD story here and MTPT Project Blogger Lucy Braidley’s top reasons for engaging on social media here!

1. Twitter Chats

There are lots of organisations and groups that host ‘chats’ on Twitter. Hashtags like  #SLTchat or #mathschat have specific days and times where teachers from across the country – and sometimes even the world – get together to collaborate and connect.

These chats are a great way to keep abreast of changes and trends in education, as well as ways of magpie-ing classroom and whole school strategies and activities.

Often, these tweets lead to blog posts, articles and other websites that can further your learning, and sometimes the hosts of these chats ask for guest hosts – excellent leadership CPD in itself!

Did you know The MTPT Project even have their own monthly Twitter chat?  Join us on the last Tuesday of every month between 8-9pm by following the #MTPTchat hashtag.

2. Popular Hashtags

Twitter is a bit of an Aladdin’s Cave of information, so if you’re not sure where to start, or are feeling overwhelmed, here is a quick guide to the most popular educational hashtags to explore.

3. Edu-Celebs

Lots of big names in education like Sue Cowley and Tom Bennett use Twitter. All you have to do is follow them to benefit from their great ideas.

4. Facebook Groups

Just like Twitter, big educational organisations like the Fair Education Alliance or informal common interest groups have Facebook pages.  If you’re interested in keeping updated without joining Twitter, or without being limited to 140 characters, simply use the Facebook search bar to look for groups that might be relevant to you.

The MTPT Project also have their own Facebook page for members who don’t use Twitter.