That being said, this place truly is magical. Where to start? The campus is beautiful, facilities - both academic and athletic are top notch. The peer group is the highest caliber in the country. I mean that. The school draws the top students from both Marin and San Francisco.
Diversity is surprisingly prevalent here, and there is definitely a huge push by the school. The community is great - there are many opportunities to meet others via events and socials.
For such a small school, athletics are impressive (and competitive). Most students here are active in some sport, many also play at the club level. School spirit is very strong and refreshing for a school this size.
Honestly, no real negatives. The commute in/out of Ross can sometimes be a pain?
–Senior, Class of 2017
The Branson School Reviews
To say that teachers are busy would be an understatement!
Besides the act of teaching, you spend hours every day and on the weekend on lesson planning and grading.
But it’s also important for teachers to keep learning, and the best way to do that is from other teachers.
Thanks to modern technology, it’s now easy to connect with inspirational teachers and to learn from them.
We’ve curated this list of educational Twitter feeds to help you stay up-to-date on new technology, burgeoning trends, and or even just a daily dose of motivation.
We have considered the following qualities in compiling this list.
- Relevance: Solid and/or inspirational information about teaching grades K-12.
- Activity/Following: The feed consists of regular tweets about education and has acquired a strong following.
- Web 2.0 Classroom.
Why? Educator and speaker Steve Anderson intersperses articles about reading strategies and preparing leaders with inspirational quotes and the reminder to “Be awesome today.”
“7 Storytelling Apps for iPads” (https://t.co/6smIURYl40) @web20classroom
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, definitely.
- Cool Cat Teacher.
Why? Mashable’s top teacher on Twitter, Vicki Davis regularly posts resources and encouragement.
“The Latest Cool Cat Teacher Daily Tweetpaper: the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet” (https://t.co/Hom5r12cgK) @coolcatteacher
Is her Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with some insights about the world around us.
- The Office of Ed Tech.
Why? The Twitter account of the US Department of Education shares new programs and resources.
“Future Ready: Technology Parent Partnership” (https://t.co/DbFUQERVwh) @OfficeofEdTech
Is their Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with a bit of preschool and higher ed thrown in for good measure
- Richard Byrne.
Why? Byrne posts on diverse and intriguing topics like collective brainstorming and engaging ways to teach kids yoga.
“10 Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks” (https://t.co/fwcXuuIPYc) @rmbyrn
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, it is.
- Andrew Ng.
Why? He offers a global perspective on emerging technology trends
“Face-recognition enabled entrance demo!” (https://t.co/UUZmuvWYcK) @AndrewYNg
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, in addition to changing technology in the business world.
- Shelly Sanchez.
Why? Her tweets are full of fun ideas, inspiring challenges, and technology tips.
“The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers!” (https://t.co/xlVJPThLdA) @ShellTerrell
Is her Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes.
- Tom Whitby.
Why? Discussion and chats about issues impacting education.
“4 Phrases All Teachers Say and No Students Understand” (https://t.co/9ny88AnidQ) @TomWhitby
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes.
- eSchool News.
Why? Practical how-to articles are interspersed with tweets on more abstract topics, such as diversity and personalized learning.
“How Schools Are Quickly Upgrading Broadband Capacity” (http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/01/20/broadband-access-progress/) @eschoolnews
Is their Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, it is.
- Will Richardson.
Why? Intriguing perspectives on technology and our relationship with it.
““The smartphone [is] a machine almost perfectly designed to turn its owner into a compulsive.” (https://t.co/IuPf0tKTyd) @WillRich45
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, along with observations about technology’s impact on the wider culture.
- Dr. Justin Tarte.
Why? A wealth of inspirational education quotes, as well as snapshots of his innovative work in schools.
“You weren’t hired to maintain the status quo. You were hired to make a difference.” (https://twitter.com/justintarte) @JustinTarte
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Definitely.
- Kyle Pace.
Why? This tech coach offers perspectives on new trends, conferences, and collaboration
“Google unveils two new education-focused Chromebooks” (https://t.co/KbL9IScE9c) @kylepace
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with a focus on educating educators.
- Larry Ferlazzo.
Why? This veteran high school teacher shares insights about education as well as the latest news in technology.
“Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools) (https://t.co/tlKSoTAGxX) @Larryferlazzo
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, as well as the many things that impact it.
- Sebastian Thrun.
Why? The founder and president of the Udacity professional development website, he tweets about relevant coursework and offers insights about the changing world of technology.
“The Udacity class who will bring machines to life” (http://t.co/n9whxmjusz) @SebastianThrun
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? No, but it is full of information that will help K-12 teachers become more knowledgeable about technology.
- Tom Vander Ark.
Why? Tom is an advocate for education innovation and provides info on the freshest resources available to teachers.
“8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve” (https://t.co/5fqaUFJeb6) @tvanderark
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with a few digressions relating to the worlds of science and business.
- Steve Wheeler.
Why? This international speaker/educator shares perspectives on education, technology, and culture.
“Maslow, technology, and learning” (https://t.co/vgXZPPgsgp) @timbuckteeth
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with occasional observations of culture and life in general.
- David Warlick.
Why? This 37-year educator and technologist tweets about his creative use of technology to enhance day-to-day life.
“Self-driving buses are now on the road in Helsinki” (https://twitter.com/dwarlick/status/771384877006655488) @dwarlick
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? No, but his perspective on the integration of technology in many aspects of life will get you thinking about fresh ideas for your classroom.
- Michael L. Chasen.
Why? You can trust this technology innovator to deliver the freshest insights into apps and tools that can help you prepare learners for tomorrow.
“These 8 Startups Are Revolutionizing Educational Technology for All Ages” (https://twitter.com/michaelchasen/status/629684451371577345) @michaelchasen
Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? No, but you can find many great tools to enhance the classroom experience.
- Innovate My School.
Why? Opportunities to collaborate around issues like flipped classrooms and ways to use technology to inspire reading and writing.
“Innovating #lessonobservation and teacher development” (https://t.co/WtkG4293Oc) @InnovateMySchl
Is their Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes.
- Kevin Corbett.
Why? This edtech developer and educator tweets about “Education 3.0” and all the great apps and tools that are available.
“5 Emoji Learning Activities with Google Docs” (https://t.co/Hgh2ezX6DN) @kevin_corbett
- Steve Woods.
Why? This edutech consultant has creative solutions for integrating technology into everything from nurturing introverts to recruiting parent volunteers.
“The social power of a student with a Post-It” (https://twitter.com/TheSteveWoods/status/809243249051246592) @TheSteveWoods
So go ahead and choose some education leaders to follow so you can begin collaborating and acquiring new skills every day. A teacher must be a learner first.