Without a doubt, I am a better educator because of the connections I have made through social media, especially Twitter. As the summer comes to an end and I look forward to starting a new year, I’m wondering how I can help teachers in my own school build meaningful connections both within and outside our school community. Here are some ideas:
- Be an educational match-maker. After I signed up for @Edumatch , I received tweets suggesting other educators that I should follow. It has been a great way to find other teachers to collaborate with. I could set up a match-maker service in the school to connect teachers who share similar interests and would benefit from learning together.
- Organize a book club. Meeting to discuss a book is a great way to build connections. Through social media, we could even connect with teachers from other schools, too.
- Twitter chats. Joining twitter chats and following education hashtags has helped me connect with teachers, authors, and speakers from around the world. I would love to form a small group of teachers from my school and participate in a chat together. They move fast, and it would be great to provide a support system.
What are some ways that you will build connections this year?