As technology quickly developed over the years, social media platforms have blossomed, reaching millions of all ages, locations, ethnicities, and those in many different industries. Believe it or not, social media is not just for celebrities! Educators have utilized Twitter to share their own individual voices on the internet and become notable thought leaders in the K-12 industry. Superintendents, education technology professionals, principals, and teachers can share timely, digestible tweets with their followers, whether their informing followers of new education news or motivating others with moving personal stories from within their schools and classrooms.
We’ve put together a list of great K-12 thought leaders that are worth following for news, leadership, lesson planning, and edtech.
10 K-12 Thought Leaders You Should Follow on Twitter
- Steven V. Anderson - @web20classroom
Steven Anderson is definitely worth following on Twitter. He’s an educator, speaker, author, and is the Founder and CEO of Web20Classroom. He’s an expert in education technology and is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integrations and using social media for learning. He’s also responsible for helping create the famous #edchat, which is a weekly education discussion on Twitter.
- Alberto M. Carvalho - @MiamiSup
Alberto Carvalho is the superintendent of the Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth largest school system in the United States, according to the Office of the Superintendent. This district has also become one of the nation’s highest performing urban school systems. Carvalho’s honors include, Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year; the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year; the 2016 winner of the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education; the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year; the 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year Award; and recognition by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America. He often engages with his followers through posts on innovative uses of educational technology, according to EdTech.
- Alice Keeler - @alicekeeler
Alice Keeler is a well-known expert in educational technology integration and has developed innovative online courses as well as math curriculum, as a math teacher herself. Her website explains she is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Innovator, and New Media Consortium K-12 Ambassador. She’s also the Founder of CoffeeEDU and Co-Author of 5 Professional Development books including “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom.” and “Ditch that Homework.” For those who have technology questions, she encourages you to tweet at her.
- Jay Billy - @JayBilly2
Jay Billy is the principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School in New Jersey and is the author of “Lead With Culture: What Really Matters in Our Schools”. District Administration tells us that Billy focuses on improving school climate to build enthusiasm among learners, teachers, and leaders. He’s always updating his Twitter followers and answers many Twitter discussions with input designed to help other teachers across the country through social media.
- Tim Cavey - @MisterCavey
Tim Cavey is an 8th grade teacher from Surrey, BC, Canada, and is the Founder of the Teachers on Fire Podcast. According to the Teachers on Fire website, each week he chats with an inspiring educator to bring you their highs and lows, passions and goals, and the voices and influences that are shaping their thinking and inspiring their practice. Follow him on Twitter for some inspiration to bring to your own classrooms!
- Vicki Davis - @coolcatteacher
Vicki Davis is considered a top teacher on Twitter, is the host of the 10-Minute Teacher Show, and is the creator of the blog CoolCatTeacher.com. She shares tips on K-12 innovation from blended learning to makerspaces, and curates content on Pinterest focused on modern classroom practices such as digital citizenship and personalized learning, according to EdTech.
- Dave Burgess - @burgessdave
Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of “Teach Like a PIRATE” and the president of his own consulting company, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development, according to his website. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach students and shares different techniques with his followers and fellow teachers on how to engage with these students.
- Jeffrey Bradbury - @TeacherCast
EdTech tells us that Jeffrey Bradbury is a technology coach and technology integration coordinator for a New Jersey school district, making him a top educational technology expert worth following on Twitter. He also has a Podcast, TeacherCast, aimed to help teachers and students learn how to use educational technology in the classroom.
- Monica Burns - @ClassTechTips
Another educational technology expert, Monica Burns is a great person to follow on Twitter. She’s an EdTech consultant who helps educators leverage technology in the classroom. She leads workshops, releases informative blogs, tweets her class tech tips, shares tips in her Easy EdTech Podcast, and is also the author of “Tasks Before Apps”.
- Eric Sheniger - @E_Sheninger
Eric Sheniger is a former school principal and now an international keynote speaker and senior fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). EdTech tells us, “Through his blog, he shares his research on digital leadership and best practices for empowering educators and their students to communicate clearly, helping all K–12 stakeholders to grow in the digital age. YouTube viewers will also find helpful guides on innovative pedagogies.”
Many of the above educators are known for their appreciation and involvement in educational technologies. Here at Rave, we understand the usefulness of technology for K-12 education, especially when it comes to school safety.
Consider checking out our short video on the Rave Panic Button, our one-touch emergency app, which communicates with onsite staff, 9-1-1, and first responders with just the push of a button.
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