Teacher Appreciation Week may be over, but while we’ve all taken time to thank the teachers we know IRL, let’s also take a second to shout out the education Twittersphere. These tweeters continually inform, motivate, and entertain us on the topic of education, across all subjects, age ranges, and points-of-view.
Steven is a speaker and author, a former public school teacher and Director of Instructional Technology, and a self-proclaimed learning evangelist who works with teachers and school leaders to help them learn and understand technology better. He’s the author of The Relevant Educator, Content Curation, and The Tech-Savvy Administrator–so follow him on Twitter for posts on improving classroom discussions, troubleshooting lesson plans, and leading in education.
Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey’s website and blog, ShakeUpLearning.com, provides teachers and educators with digital learning resources, tech tips and tricks, and classroom technology integration ideas.
As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and Amazon Education Thought Leader, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including presentations at ISTE, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey received a Digital Innovation in Learning Award given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the “Sharing is Caring,” category, and she was recognized as a Top Ten EdTech and E-Learning Influencer for her work sharing educational resources on her blog and across social media.
Jim Burke is a high school English teacher and is an author of more than 20 books, including The Common Core Companion series (Corwin) and The English Teacher’s Companion.In his free time, he runs a blog, where he discusses issues that crop up in academic literacy in the classrooms. He has received many awards for his contributions, including the Distinguished Service Award from CATE, Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership, Best Social Network for Educators as moderator of the English Companion Ning, and the Intellectual Freedom Award from NCTE.
Sue Gorman is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher who runs a website to inspire teachers to redefine and transform their classrooms. She’s passionate in engaging classrooms that inspire inquiry, visible thinking, student voice and choice, and global collaboration.
Jessica Lahey is an English teacher and New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She writes for The Atlantic and The New York Times and is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. She also has a podcast about writing and runs a blog on her website
Amy Mascott is a Reading Specialist, literacy consultant, and a writer who runs a blog at TeachMama.com, where since 2008, she has shared tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children. Amy’s work has been featured in Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents, readwritethink.org, PBS Digital Studios, and she recently published her first book: Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love for Reading.
Allison McDonald is a pre-school teacher, mom, author of Raising A Rock-Star Reader, and runner. No Time For Flash Cards is a website filled with early education ideas, hands on crafts, and book lists to make learning fun and easy for everyone.
Ross Morrison McGill is the most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK. He is an deputy headteacher, blogger, and author of 100 Ideas — Outstanding Lessons and Teacher Toolkit: helping you survive your first five years. He also writes for Schools Week newspaper and for Guardian Education. Ross was nominated for ‘Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School on London, 2004′ and listed as an ‘Education Reformer of the Year in 2014′ by The Education Foundation Think Tank.
Jeff Utecht is an educator, consultant, and author. He’s also quite international, taking on several administrative roles as a Technology Director in Saudi Arabia and elementary technology teacher in Shanghai. He currently runs a blog called The Thinking Stick, and travels around giving keynote presentations, consulting services, and workshops.
Joyce Valenza is an Assistant Professor in the MI Program at Rutgers University SC&I, having worked as a teacher librarian in K-12 education for 25 years. She has been a school, public, reference and special librarian, and her Library Technology Report on Social Media Curation for ALA Editions was published in October. She is a Milken Educator, a Google Certified Teacher and an American Memory Fellow, and in her free time, she writes for School Library Journal’s blog on a never ending search for information literacy and librarian studies.