A lot of teachers will wax lyrical about the power of Twitter when it comes to sharing resources and best practice, but what exactly should be its role in our CPD? Maria Cunningham advises

It is likely that most of your teachers engage with social media in their spare time, but do you know how many of them are using this in a professional capacity?

In a recent article for the Guardian Teacher Network, one secondary school English teacher claimed that joining Twitter was “one of the best career decisions I’ve ever made”, outlining the many benefits of engaging with other teachers through the online platform (Teachers on Twitter: Why you should join and how to get started, Erin Miller, Guardian, April 2017).

Indeed, the realm of “edu-Twitter” is no new phenomenon. Teacher Toolkit, the most widely read teaching blog in the UK, boasts 164,000 followers, while English teacher Alex Quigley is able to project his advice on topics such as Rethinking Assessment far beyond the remit of his department at Huntington School, to an audience of almost 30,000 on Twitter.

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