Friday, 19 July 2013
I am a science teacher, I have joined twitter, now what?
You've signed up to an account.
Choose a @ name that isn't too long. And get a twitter app on your mobile device.
Now follow some people. I recommend @viciascience, @needhaml56, @lgolton, @kdwscience, @a_weatherall @bio_joe @asober @DrDav @agittner @cleverfiend @stuartphysics @lornamonroe @MaryUYSEG @teachingofsci and @mrsdrsarah as a starting point. Also follow organisations like @theASE @tesScience and @ITEfaraday
There are some lovely people like @hthompson1982 @natkin and @teachingtricks who will do what they can to help other teachers too.
Now start tweeting. But what can you tweet?
Links would be the first suggestion: to an interesting science or education story, to a great website or teaching resource, to a blog post, or just anything that you find interesting.
Photographs and images would be my next suggestion. A funny or interesting science image or cartoon. A photograph of your students work, a display you have made, a slide from a PowerPoint you are proud of. Be wary not to post photographs of your students if you are unsure the school has the relevant releases from parents.
A comment on an incident that has happened to you, particularly if it is positive. A comment on a news story.
Another thing to realise is that you are connected to a network of around 700 UK science teachers and even more abroad as well as numerous science and science education organisations you can ask a question or for help.
And lastly, of course you can retweet the tweets of others and reply to their tweets.
If you want your tweet to have a wider audience than just your followers then include a hashtag in your tweet. I recommend #asechat #scichat or #ukedchat then people who filter ALL tweets by hashtags will be able to see what you have to say.
Do set up saved searches of hashtags like #asechat so you can browse them yourself. You can find new people to interact with that way too.
Welcome to the world to the UK science teacher community on twitter.
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