Introduction to Twitter

Why Every Teacher Should have a Twitter Account

Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide to help you guide the Twitter-verse.

What Exactly is Twitter & How Does it Work?

Twitter and 'tweeting' is about broadcasting daily short burst messages to the world, with the hope that your messages are useful and interesting to someone. In other words, microblogging.

Conversely, Twitter is also about discovering interesting people online and following their burst messages for as long as they are interesting.

For more in-depth information on Twitter, please read the article below.

Why Teachers Should Use Twitter

Why Twitter Matters in Education

How do I Create a Twitter Account?

  1. Go to and find the sign up box, or go directly to
  2. Enter your full name, phone number, and a password.
  3. Click Sign up for Twitter.
  4. In order to verify your phone number, we will send you an SMS text message with a code. You may also request a voice call to verify your phone number. Enter the verification code in the box provided. Learn more about having a phone number associated with your account.
  5. Once you've clicked Sign up for Twitter, you can select a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter) — type your own or choose one we've suggested. We'll tell you if the username you want is available.
  6. Double-check your name, phone number, password, and username.
  7. Click Create my account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to let us know that you're human.

Tips for Picking a Username

  • Your username is the name your followers use when sending @replies, mentions, and direct messages.
  • It will also form the URL of your Twitter profile page. We'll provide a few available suggestions when you sign up, but feel free to choose your own.
  • Note: You can change your username in your account settings at any time, as long as the new username is not already in use.
  • Usernames must be fewer than 15 characters in length and cannot contain "admin" or "Twitter", in order to avoid brand confusion.

The Teachers Guide to Twitter

Kathy Schrock: Twitter for Teachers


Hashtags are keywords that categorize what you’re tweeting about. For instance, you might use “#edtech” at the end of a tweet about how your students use tablets. You can also search Twitter for a hashtag that you’re interested in. This will bring up tweets from other users who have tweeted about that topic. Here’s a look at some (but definitely not all) of the most popular education hashtags.

General education: #teaching, #teachers, #learning, #k12, #PLN, #edreform, #commoncore, #ccss, #teacherproblems, #edcamp, #globaled

Educational technology: #edtech, #elearning, #edapp (or #edapps), #byod, #blendinglearning, #ipaded, #1to1

Content or grade-level specific:

Literacy: #kidlit, #literacy, #readaloud

Math: #math, #mathed

Science: #scied, #STEM, #NGSS, #scienceteacher

Social studies: #socialstudies, #historyteacher

Arts: #artsed, #musiced

Early childhood: #earlyed, #preschool, #ece

ESL: #esl, #ell (or #ells)

Special education: #sped, #specialneeds, #autism, #dyslexia

Physical education: #PEgeeks

Speech and language: #SLpeeps, #speech

Other hashtags to note:

#tlap: Inspired by Dave Burgess’s (@burgessdave) Teach Like a Pirate

#comments4kids: Denotes when teachers want others to comment on students’ blog posts.

#flipclass: The latest and greatest ideas about flipped learning

Here is a Listing of Some Additional Educational Hashtags

Here Are Some Of My Favorite Educational People To Follow on Twitter

George Couros: @gcouros

Andy Stanley: @AndyStanley

Yong Zhao: @YongZhaoEd

Shelley Burgess: @Burgess_shelley

Matt Miller: @jmattmiller

Alice Keeler: @alicekeeler

Aaron Hogan: @aaron_hogan

Educatorstechnology: @medkh9

Microsoft Teams: @MicrosoftTeams

Tom Murray: @thomascmurray

Randy Ziegenfuss: @ziegeran

MS Tech Integration: @halcottMStech

Carl Hooker: @mrhooker

Sir Ken Robinson: @SirKenRobinson

Will Richardson: @willrich45

Hall Davidson: @HallDavidson

Dr. Alec Couros: @courosa

Chris Lehmann: @chrislehmann

Angela Maiers: @Angela Maiers

SimpleK12: @TLC_edu

Eric Sheninger: @E_Sheninger

Kathy Schrock: @Kathyschrock

Shelly Sanchez: @shellTerrell

Techlearning: @techlearning