Twitter for Teacher Leaders

Understanding Twitter to Engage With Educators

Twitter is about staying informed, but more than that, Twitter is about engagement!

Here’s a few tips for engaging with others on Twitter. For more information, here’s the link to the full presentation on Prezi:

Be a friendly Twitter citizen!

A photo and a bio let others know that you are a real person. If a person doesn’t know you offline, then your bio is one of the first ways they can get to know you online. Write something about yourself. Include a photo and a link to a blog or relevant website.
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Anatomy of a Tweet

Personal Voice

Just because you only have 140 characters doesn’t mean you can’t make it interesting. Add a perspective or comment to personalize the tweet.

@ Mentions

Let the people you mention know that you have tagged them in a tweet, and let others know that they are associated with that tweet in some way.

Shortened URL

You only have 140 characters. A URL shortener, like or, make a long URL short. Many Twitter apps do this automatically.


Hashtags allow your message to be seen by other people interested in that topic, whether or not they follow you. The “#” symbol turns a word into a link to all tweets with that tag. Hashtags are a way to extend your reach on Twitter!

Engaging on Twitter

Follow others!

Be friendly, reach out, and follow others. Be outgoing in your following habits—people appreciate that you are interested in what they have to say.

Check out the list of

Washington State Teacher Leaders on Twitter!


A retweet is a quick way to share someone else’s tweet with your followers. It also lets the original tweeter know that you are interested in what they have to say!

"Like" a Tweet

Clicking the heart icon is a way to "like" a tweet. It is similar to the "like" on Facebook. You can also use it to bookmark tweets you would like to read later, or let someone know that you have seen their tweet.


A way to reply to someone's tweet or have a conversation. Only the person you reply to will be notified about the reply, however, it is important to know that these replies are publicly available.

Join a Chat

It can seem intimidating at first, but it's easy to start by following a hashtag and watching for awhile. Then use the above tips to engage with educators in the chat. Some examples chats are given at right, or check out the Google calendar to find a chat time that works for you.

Special Note

If you begin a tweet with an @username, only the person mentioned is likely to see the tweet. To make sure your tweet is more widely viewed, a common tip is to put a period in front of the username.

Other Important Links

Twitter for Teacher Leaders

Google Calendar of Twitter education related chat times.

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