Once you put to one side the KLA-specific Twitter influencers (think the likes of Eddie Woo), consider these teachers (not in any priority order) for more general insights and provoking conversations about teaching practice in general.
Follow selectively to make Twitter your interactive, hierarchy-free bulletin board - one that keeps you in touch with local to global trends, professional collaboration and loads of inspiration for notching your professional development hours.
Or as some teachers put it, ‘just in time PD’.
Year 3 teacher and Leader of Curriculum & Innovation Eleni Kyritsis from Melbourne, generates her own content and shares others’ to help students and teachers boost their digital literacy. She also reposts her own occasional blog. Following her is like sitting next to the most switched-on teacher in the staffroom. Kyritsis was the 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year and will speak at the EduTECH conference in Sydney. (22.3K followers)
Sydney based Brett Salakas (28.3K followers) also has a tech bent to his handle having founded #DronesInED. Strong flavour of teaching strategies in his content and reTweets. Check out his Jan 25 reTweet about how teachers are using Twitter in the classroom.
US teacher Alex Corbitt (41.7K followers) is big on infographics to prompt you to think in different ways about teaching and giving feedback on literacy. Also interesting following his progress towards a PhD.
Meanwhile, Steven W Anderson from the US (165K followers) is more about pithy tweets and provocations to nudge along your enthusiasm for the profession.
Top 10 Global Teacher Prize Finalist Yasodai Selvakumaran (2,161 followers) is in her ninth year as a NSW humanities high school teacher. Her tweets are broad ranging and she was one of the voices talking about the out-of-field teaching in the book Flip the System Australia What Matters in Education.
Self-described ‘Cool Cat Teacher’, Vicki Davis (161K followers) in the US has buckets of inspiration for the practice of teaching. She also runs the 10-minute Teacher podcast (episode 411 coaxing us not to yell, is a personal favourite).
UK special school lead teacher Cherryl Kidd (15.5K followers) lets you in on her work life and teaching in the UK. She’s also just written a book about having a school dog.
English as an Additional Language/Dialect highly accomplished teacher Abby Saleh of Sydney may not have thousands of followers (just 576), but she also runs an EAL/D teachers’ network FB page. Lots of reminders about how to make your teaching practices more accessible.
PS. It would be amiss to chat about Twitter without mentioning education hashtags. Popular Australian ones are #PTSTchat (pre-service teachers) and #AussieEd. #EduTweetOz is hosted by a different educator each week.