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I am a teacher, parent, and founder of My Town Tutors. I have been using twitter for several months, and have discovered how incredibly useful it can be for educators. Whether you are new to twitter or extremely experienced, here are ten great twitter accounts for Massachusetts (and other) educators to follow.
For each account we have included the twitter name, the twitter profile, twitter followers, twitter grade, and a few comments from us. We hope you find them helpful and would love your feedback.
1. @PatrickMLarkin “Artist formerly known as @bhsprincipal – BPS Asst. Supt. NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner (2012), Evangelist for Web 2.0 and Digital Tools. Burlington, MA · http://www.patrickmlarkin.com/” (13,600+ followers 100/100 twitter grader)
Patrick Larkin is an educational leader in the area of social media. I enjoy seeing how he uses twitter to connect with other educators and his school community. I personally know several Massachusetts administrators who have seen him speak and say he is amazing.
Social media in schools is a current reality. It is a part of our students’ lives these days and educators need to embrace current technology. We need to model how to use social media constructively. He recently was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Burlington Public Schools. @PatrickMLarkin is great for #parents, #teachers, #administrators. Mr. Larkin uses social media to engage his entire school community.
2. @dancallahan “Instructional Technology Specialist K-5 @PineGlenLTC by day, #edcamp Foundation Chairman of the Board of Directors and Co-founder by night. Burlington, MA · http://remixteaching.com” (5,200 followers / 100/100 twitter grader)
Dan is another educator who is using social media to enhance teaching. The EdCamp Boston website shows you a schedule of EdCamp presentations. This program embraces teachers using technology in the classroom and encourages educators to share their experiences and best practices. Edcamp Boston also includes very helpful video clips.
I have not been able to attend a conference yet, however, I hope to participate in the future and with any luck My Town Tutors hopes to be able to help sponsor EdCamp Boston and other EdCamps around the country.
We need resources like EdCamp Boston to allow teachers to learn and share how technology can improve learning and teaching. (If you live in another state, you can check your area to find the closest Edcamp.)
3. @massteacher “The Massachusetts Teachers Association Boston, Mass. · http://massteacher.org” (3,350+ followers / 97.3/100 twitter grader)
This is the twitter account for the Massachusetts Teachers Association. As a proud member, I find it critical to check in to see what is new on the political side of the teaching profession in Massachusetts. The MTA website is a great resource for all teachers.
4. @SimplySuzy “Grade 3 Teacher, Educatalyst, Lafora Disease Assailant, Tech Enthusiast, FableVision Ambassador, DENStar LC Educator, Shutterbug, MassCUE Pathfinder, Girl Scout Cape Cod Canal · http://about.me/simplysuzy” (2,300+ followers / 97.2/100 twitter grader)
The quality of teaching in Massachusetts is amazing. I am biased, but we have great teachers in all areas of the state. Suzy is very active in social media and is always sharing the many useful resources that she has found. She also is using pinterest, a resource I am know next to nothing about. Perhaps we could twist her arm to write a guest blog about how this can be used in the classroom.
5. @NormandinBill “Proud father of 2 wonderful children, husband to an amazing educator, Assistant Principal at Plymouth North HS, passionate educational leader & youth coach. Plymouth, Massachusetts · http://bburkhead.blogspot.com” (2,000+ followers / 96.8/100 twitter grader)
Bill Burkhead is an assistant principal in Plymouth Massachusetts. I am a little biased because he is a Quincy native like me. He has been a successful teacher and football coach who has made the transition to administration. The Burkie Blog is very insightful and talks about relevant issues facing the education system in Massachusetts. He also has written a very popular guest blog for us entitled “All Kids Can SUCCEED- Be the 1!”
6. @AngelaCristiani “Political Director~Boston Teachers Union…School Psychologist…Ballet, The Arts, & all that is NPT. RTs are not endorsements~Views expressed are my own~Massachusetts · http://angelajcristiani.wordpress.com/ (1,700+ followers / 95.3/100 twitter grader)
Another Quincy, Massachusetts native who is making a difference in public education. She is the Political Director of the Boston Teachers Union. As the son of two Boston Public School educators, I understand the importance of the Boston Teachers Union. An incredible resource for ALL Massachusetts teachers! We would love to hear from her in a guest post, but we know how busy she is!
7. @MrMusselman “Former middle school earth/space sci teacher. Current science specialist for Burlington MA Public Schools. Bringing science to life for K-8 students. Burlington, MA – USA · http://www.musselmanscience.com” (1,200+ followers / 96/100 twitter grader)
Sean is another Burlington educator who is making a difference in social media and teaching. His science resources and ideas are top-notch. We highly recommend science teachers from all levels to connect with this incredible resource.
8. @ncarroll24 “A wife, mom of 2 teens, daughter, sister, friend, colleague and elementary school teacher (4th Grade). Looking to learn about and share resources for school. Massachusetts · http://teachingiselementary.blogspot.com” (1,100+ followers / 95.3/100 twitter grader)
Nancy is an experienced elementary teacher who is very active in #4thchat, and #edchat. She has some great ideas and is always willing to reach out to passionate educators who are interested in sharing ideas. We are hoping she can find some time to write a guest blog for us.
9. @edcampBoston “April 28, 2012 @ Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, MA Boston, MA · http://edcampboston.org/ ” (300+ followers / 81 /100 twitter grader)
The Edcamp Movement has been incredible. If you are not familiar with it, take some time and visit the site. In the next few months, we are hoping to reach out to local EdCamp organization to offer FREE membership for some of the teachers who tutor who attend. (Stay tuned for a future blog post!)
10. @PFToner “Middle School Social Studies Teacher, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Cambridge, Massachusetts · http://www.massteacher.org (300+ followers / 83/100 twitter grader)
Paul Toner is the President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He, more than any other educator in the state has the pulse of the state of Education in Massachusetts. He, and the MTA are concerned about the quality of education and the value that is placed on teachers and the teaching profession. Please support the MTA and our president.
Rookie Account @GaryLGilardi “Jenmarc, Program Marketer MTA Consultant – Regional Representative MTA Regional Representative · http://www.jonljenmarc.com” (4 followers / 19 /100 twitter grader)
Gary is new to twitter and recently wrote a guest blog about some great professional development offerings for teachers. The post is called JenMarc has Great Education Programs for Massachusetts Teachers! We are hoping this post will help him reach 50 followers. How about helping out the new guy?
How do we stack up?
@mytowntutorsma “We help #Massachusetts #parents connect with local #teachers who #tutor.Teachers are great tutors! Founded by a teacher for teachers! Massachusetts · http://www.mytowntutors.com (816 followers / 93 /100 twitter grader)
My Town Tutors is a great resource for teachers, especially teachers who tutor!
If you are a teacher who tutors – we can help you make several thousand dollars over the course of a school year! Teachers pay a $12 membership fee and keep 100% of their fees.
I would love to hear feedback.
Have a great summer!