As a teacher, are you active on Twitter?
Research suggests that below 10% of all teachers are using social media, despite the fact that it has developed into one of the most powerful tools in information and communications technology (ICT) in the past years.
No matter what your answer is, you might find that Ross Morrison McGill, Deputy Headteacher at Quintin Kynaston Academy in the north of London, is a reason to either join Twitter or, if you’re active already, start following him.
Ross is one of the leading head teachers when it comes to education and tech. Having finished school at 16 with just 3 qualifications, he gained QTS by studying Design Technology with Secondary Education at Goldsmiths College and later at Central St Martins whilst working as head teacher of the Design Technology department. He has been recognised several times for being one of the most influential educational bloggers in the past few years, amongst others by the Guardian.
So why should you follow him and get active on Twitter?
Ross tweets every day about helpful things such as Lesson planning in 5 Minutes, useful ICT equipment in classrooms or statistics and trends about governmental impact on education. Following him could not only help you saving time in lesson planning – you’ll become aware of many resources simply by checking your inbox or twitterfeed. We at Founders4Schools, for instance, are always tweeting about inspiring events that fellow teachers organise – following us will put you in direct touch with successful business leaders in your local community – who you can book to visit your school in just a few minutes.
Still not convinced? A more generic reason why Twitter is great for teachers comes from Matt Thurling, Managing Director of CPD for Teachers: “Twitter is an incredibly powerful tool for teachers,…some of the best CPD can be delivered in 140 characters.”
Back in the “real world”, why not hear insights directly from experts who are leaders in the ICT and Tech industry? Use our platform to invite them to come to your school to inform your students about recent trends in the sector.
Events featuring Experts from the ICT and Tech Industries:
Paul Baker, Deputy Head Curriculum at The Perse School in Cambridge, is holding a buzzing event next week where 5 inspiring business leaders will spark the the minds of 180 of his Year 10 students on becoming the next entrepreneurs:
Serdar Atamert, Founder & CEO at Epoch Wires Ltd, developing and manufacturing super-conductor wires, Ray Anderson, CEO at Bango.com, working in the ICT sector, Richard Thurbin, Founder and CTO at Cloud Amber Ltd that specialises in intelligent transport system software, Malcolm Coury, Managing Director at Moneywise Independent Financial Advisors and Wen Zhang, Managing Director at Comsol, that provides software solutions for multiphysics modeling.
Noshin Yasin, CEIAG Manager at Shireland Collegiate Academy near Birmingham, will hold her 4th event next week, to which she invited two business leaders to talk to 30 of their Year 7 students about the careers opportunities open to them when they leave school:
Debbie Golec, Founder of Papillon Coaching & Mentoring will join together with Chris Rolison, Founder and CEO at Comply Serve Ltd, specialising in software development, to share their career experiences with the students to help them understand better how they can drive successful careers.