During IATEFL I had quite a few conversations about joining Twitter and starting blogs. I know that both of these processes can be quite daunting when you’re new – it’s only 18 months since I started, and the learning curve at the beginning was pretty steep!
To that end, I’ve collated a few blog posts which might help:
- Twitter for Professional Development – my complete introduction to using Twitter and a couple of other tools to help you with CPD
- A Whole New World of ELT – my first ever post about Twitter and blogs, based around a prezi presentation which includes links to various interesting blogs to follow
- Online Professional Development Survey – the results of a very informal survey I did in January 2011 to see how people use online tools for PD
- Which blog platform should your students use? – by Chris Wilson. The guide is very useful for teachers who are interested in blogging too.
- 11 things you should know about blogging – from ‘Free Technology for Teachers’. A good set of tips to start you off, although I disagree with #2 a little – ‘EFL’ has been working pretty well as a niche for me 😉
- 7 things you really shouldn’t forget to do (Edublogging) – by Karenne Sylvester. Some great advice about things to remember to include on a teaching blog page.
When I have a bit more time, I’ll hopefully write a beginner’s guide to blogging along the lines of the Twitter one above or my Independent English blog (shameless plug there!)
I hope these links help, and if there’s anything you need advice on that isn’t covered here, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!