Twitter is a great resource for those looking to share best practice or keep up to date with what their fellow teachers in the region or around the world are doing. Here are our top picks for UAE-based teachers and senior leaders to follow [with inputs from Kate Jones]
Sarah Findlater - @MsFindlater
Sarah Findlater has written and several books for Bloomsbury, such as 'How to survive an Ofsted inspection' as well as writing and sharing on her own blog. She has experience specialising in teaching and learning, using technology in the classroom and for flipped learning. Now she mainly focuses on leadership, taking on a headteacher position in Dubai.
Steph Bernier - @steph_bernier
Steph is the director of digital learning specialising in edtech and coding at Victoria International School in Sharjah. Steph has been in the UAE for several years, and has experienced a lot of changes in this country! She knows the region well, has a lot of contacts, she is passionate about the use of digital technologies in the classroom.
Steve Bambury - @steve_bambury
If there's anyone who can answer your questions about technology in the classroom, it's Steve Bambury. He is keen to share best practice not just with his colleagues at JESS in his role as head of digital learning and innovation, but he regularly shares online from his own Twitter account and other accounts such as @iPadeducatorsAE & @JessDigitalUAE. He also organised the JESS Digital Innovation Sumit held in October 2016 and will be held again this year due its success and popularity.
Rachael Edgar - @Dubai_Teachmeet
Rachael Edgar is an award-winning teacher specialising in History, English and is the head of CPD at Dubai English Speaking College. As part of the teaching and learning team at DESC, she constantly shares the latest blogs and research about CPD, and also organises the SPARK events held throughout the country.
Bashaer Kilani - @bashaierk
Bashaer is the creator of #EdchatMENA which has proven to be a very useful and popular hashtag for teachers in the MENA region. She regularly hosts twitter chats from her account; often a slow chat which takes place on a Saturday. She is an author, speaker, academic program coordinator and IT lecturer in higher education.
Andy Turner - @andyturner32
Based in the Al Ain region, Andy Turner is a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) and a MIE Master trainer. In addition to his Microsoft qualifications he is also a Google Certified Educator (GCE).
Mark Wood - @mark_wood
Mark Wood is head of computer science at Dubai College. He is also the co-founder of SPARK Educators. On his Twitter account Mark shares about technology, creativity and of course CPD.
Kate Jones (Love to Teach) - @87History
Head of history at Brighton College, Kate Jones runs a widely-read blog and her Twitter feed is a great resource for CPD, education research, and more. Kate has also spoken at several events about using social media for PD.
We also recommend following these accounts to keep up to date on education news in the UAE as well as globally:
UAE Learning Network: UAE_LN
Education Journal ME: @EJMEcom
Vicki Davis: @coolcatteacher
Angela Duckworth: @angeladuckw
Tom Whitby: @tomwhitby
Alice Keeler: @alicekeeler
OECD Education: @OECD_Edu
Microsoft Education Gulf: MSEducationGulf
Global Education & Skills Forum: @GESForum
Google for Education: @GoogleForEdu
Apple Education: @AppleEDU
Top teachers on Twitter
Published: 2 September 2017 - 12:25 p.m.
By: Parinaaz Navdar