Twitter for Professional Development


In my last post, I focused on giving Twitter a chance.

Before saying No, try a resounding YES! And if I haven´t convinced you last time, how about considering Twitter as your daily professional development hub? For most ELT conferences, there are great tweets coming from the backchannel. Educators who share the resources of the presentations they are attending, ideas, thoughts, quotes.

If nothing appeals to you, PD in microdoses might convince you.

Here´s a list of the conference hashtags I´ve been following lately and also sharing. If you couldn´t be in the TESOL Conference, I was there with thousands of other educators, and some of us shared resources that you might find useful. How about IATEFL last week? Right now, there´s one in São Paulo that I´ve been following with interest.

Choose what you want to follow and simply save your search on Twitter.

 and "#tesol14"



Stay tuned and follow the tweets from the ISTE Conference in June


So, try Twitter before you ignore it for micro doses of learning every single day.

Carla Arena

Carla Arena is a social entrepreneur, educator by choice. She left a promising career in the public service to become an English teacher and got the chance to take roles she could have never imagined, such as site content manager at the Binational Center she worked for, Casa Thomas Jefferson. There, she was also the Supervisor of Educational Technology, and more recently Coordinator of Innovation and Technologies. Carla is a Google Innovator and educational technology consultant. Currently she innovates in her own business, AMPLIFICA (

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