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5 Twitter Accounts Teachers Should Follow: The Massachusetts Edition
I am a teacher, parent, and founder of My Town Tutors. I have been using twitter for only a few months, and have discovered how incredibly useful it can be for educators. Whether you are new to twitter or extremely experienced, these are five great twitter accounts for any Massachusetts educator.
I hope you find them helpful and I would love your feedback.
1. @bhsprincipal (11,759 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. He also has a very informative blog that you can visit – The Burlington High School Principal’s Blog. 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. @bhsprincipal is great for #parents, #teachers, #administrators. Mr. Larkin uses social media to engage his entire school community.
2. @TheTeacherPage (8,635 followers / 100/100 twitter grader) “Quality Resources for Teachers! Comments and Suggestions Welcome! @robertwhughes”
There is an amazing following of teachers on this account. The information that is shared can be incredibly useful to all educators. Another great thing about @TheTeacherPage is the tweets are very easy to manage. You are not bombarded with 100 tweets a day. He posts no more than 5 per day and they all are amazing.
I always enjoy visiting @TheTeacherPage to find a new resource or an inspiring quote.
3. @dancallahan (4,431 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. EdCamp Boston 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.)
4. @massteacher (2,968 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.
It also is a great way to reach out and follow some of the most active and influential teachers in Massachusetts. It is invaluable to learn about what is going on in education in Massachusetts.
5. @northeagles (1,580 followers / 97/100 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.
The amazing thing about the above accounts is they all are Massachusetts teachers! What an impressive and talented group of educators that has so much to offer us.
My Town Tutors hopes to one day be as useful to Massachusetts teachers as the above accounts. We strive to provide useful resources for parents, teachers, and students in Massachusetts.
We recently started @mytowntutorsma (314 followers / 86 / 100 twitter grade) so we can focus on entirely on Massachusetts teachers, parents, and educational resources. We tweet educational quotes and resources. We also help parents find local teachers who tutor.
Our goal is to be the #1 resource for parents looking for tutors in Massachusetts. We believe “Massachusetts teachers are great tutors!” We have had tremendous success on the South Shore. Our goal now is to list tutors in every Massachusetts community.
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 (registered until September 30, 2014) and keep 100% of their fees.
I would love to hear feedback.
Have a great school year!