We talk a lot about the value of Twitter for educators. It’s a medium that allows for easy connectivity, the sharing of many diverse, often lengthy and complex, ideas quickly and briefly, and the development of a network of thought leaders you may never have met. If you’re looking to build your Personal Learning Network, look no further than Twitter for some of the top thought leaders in education.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the following 10 women who tweet prolifically and interestingly about various topics in education. Start following them today and grow your own network.
1. Shelly Terrell, @ShellTerrell
The author of “The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators,” Shelly instructs thousands of teachers and students worldwide through various online and face-to-face learning events. She’s been recognized by ELTon awards, the New York Times, Microsoft’s Heroes for Education, and the Bammy Awards. Moreover, she founded #edchat, which allows educators to chat about topics in education via Twitter.
2. Lisa Dabbs, Teaching with Soul, @teachingwthsoul
Lisa is committed to inspiring, mentoring, and equipping new teachers. She leads the New Teacher Chat (#Ntchat) and provides tips, resources, ideas, and inspiration on getting through the first years of teaching, both on Twitter and on her blog.
3. Lucy Gray, Lucy Gray Consulting, @elemenous
An Apple Distinguished Educator, educational technology and social media consultant, and co-founder of the Global Education Conference, Lucy provides consulting services related to 21st century teaching and learning.
4. Lorri Carroll, @lcarroll94
Lori wears many hats: she is a math teacher, new Director of the Lower School at Hamden Hall Country Day School, and moderator of the weekly #isedchat. Each week, she facilitates fascinating and relevant conversations among independent school educators and shares transcripts, as well as information from her own classes, on her personal blog.
5. Kimberly Warner, SimpleK12, @TLC_edu
As the Community Manager at SimpleK12, Kimberly shares information about online professional development opportunities for teachers. The site provides courses in categories such as Assessment and Review, Blended Learning, Blogging, Digital Citizenship, Interactive Whiteboards, and more.
6. Lisa Palmieri, Building Innovations Around Experience, @Learn21Tech
Lisa is Director of Technology and Innovation at The Ellis School and is the #dtk12 chat moderator, on the board of trustees for the Online School for Girls, and is a member of STEM Education for Girls. She was recently named non-profit CIO of the year.
7. Erin Klein, Kleinspiration, @KleinErin
On her blog, Kleinspiration, Erin writes on topics that connect tradition and technology for successful 21st century education. She is an #edtech blogger, SMART Exemplary Educator, and Edutopia Guest Blogger.
8. Audrey Watters, Hack Education, @audreywatters
Currently writing Teaching Machines, due out in late 2014, Audrey is also the editor and lead writer for a new site about progressive education and technology. Her personal blog is all about innovation, technology, and education, and her witty style will keep you interested and entertained.
9. Tray Bissette, Weejee Learning, @TLBissette
Tray is an instructional designer and co-founder of Weejee Learning, which creates highly effective learning experiences by making them highly entertaining. In short, the site helps educators make learning fun — for the sake of learning itself.
10. Annie Murphy Paul, The Brilliant Blog, @anniemurphypaul
Author of the forthcoming book Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter and the weekly newsletter “The Brilliannt Report,” Anie is a journalist, consultant, and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do better.