27 July 2015

10 Reasons Teachers Should Connect Through Social Media

We live in an age where technology is all around us. Yes, it can be intimidating. Yes, it can be overwhelming. I've been there. But, I would LOVE to encourage you not to give up. 

Here are 10 reasons why teachers should connect through venues such as Instagram, Twitter, Periscope or Facebook:

1. A Plethora of Resources! Through app feeds & networks there is so much information filtering through with unlimited imaginative ideas & most likely the latest, cutting edge technological tidbits! This is a HUGE timesaver. Hashtags (such as #edchat#elemchat#tptchat, #2getherwearebetter) let you focus on what you need to find and when! Through the Twitter stream, Periscope, Facebook & Instagram
I’ve found apps and other tech tools that were tested and recommended by other teachers!

2. Opportunities! From Group-ons to giveaways to practically free offers and invitations to visit places like Space Camps and opportunities to meet other teachers at conferences like #tptVegas are because of social media's reach through venues like Twitter!

3. You Make Your Schedule: You can connect when you fit it in your schedule. You check in when you have time. It could be in between classes or even while you're in line at the grocery store. 

4. Global Learning! No matter what part of the world you live in, when networking your common goal is helping each other find what each other needs. Connections are powerful resources!


5. FREEBIES! In this day and age when the economy is uncertain, most of these awesome apps are offered for free. In addition, I've found so many free offerings for teachers, I'm so giddy with the excitement of it!

6. New Friends! When you’re connected, there are so many endless possibilities! The relationships you build are tremendous and helpful.

7. Great Support! Taking a couple of minutes to connect might lead you to a new way of teaching that will improve learning in your classroom.

8. Reflection! When you connect, you automatically reflect in a powerful way. Others' ideas improve your perspectives. 

9. 24/7 Learning! The door to learning is always open & people you’ve never met in person are willing to support & help you.  The educators on Twitter & other networks share a common passion for learning and it’s very empowering.

10. Model it & Practice it: Our students need to understand how to be connected in a global society. We need to be an example of the appropriate way to go about it. We need to model it in our classrooms every single day.  Opportunities to Skype, Twitter and/or connect with "pen-pals" are easily planned, produced and are such a positive experience for you and your kids.

In John Maxwell’s book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, he states, “Connecting increases your influence in every situation.” This cannot be more true! Our ability to connect is directly related to our ability to influence others.
Get connected.  The only regret you’ll have is that you didn’t get started sooner!


  1. I agree totally with what you say!!! It's so important to connect! I have met so many new people who have inspired me in so many ways! I couldn't be more grateful!

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback & your support! Let's link up & keep those connections going :)