Many teachers turn to Twitter to gather ideas for their classroom. The Twittersphere is full of educators and organizations sharing lesson ideas, blog posts, student stories and much more. We’ve rounded up some of the best accounts for social studies teachers to follow for inspiration and ideas.
Cheryl Davis is an Apple Distinguished Educator who tweets lots of great resources for social studies teachers. A quick glance at her Twitter homepage will show you plenty of lesson ideas and places to go for inspiration.
The Library of Congress Twitter feed shares upcoming events and links to primary source documents. Many of their tweets include images of people and places from history.
The Smithsonian shares social studies facts and stories that connect to exhibits in their museums. This feed includes images as well as links to related content.
The National Archives Twitter page contains links to fantastic images from American History. Their tweets often connect to events that happened on that day in history.
With over two million followers, PBS shares links to video clips and special events on their Twitter page. Teachers can grab ideas for different resources to bring into their classroom.
Social studies teachers who want to stay up-to-date on current events and news stories should follow Channel One News’ Twitter handle. You’ll find links to blog posts (like this one) and updated news.
President Barack Obama has a Twitter page that addresses both current events and moments in history. It shows conversations between world leaders as well as reflections on news of the day.
Many states have their own social studies organizations, which often have a Twitter handle too. Texas Council for the Social Studies links to resources that teachers all over the country can check out.
The American Museum of Natural History has a great Twitter feed that covers plenty of science and social studies topics. It includes links to happenings at the museum and content that can be shared with students on a variety of topics.
Social studies teachers who love current events and journalism will appreciate the links provided by Newseum’s Twitter feed. The popular Washington, DC museum shares news clips from today and long ago.
The History Channel shows a range of material and their Twitter feed reflects this as well. There are links to video clips from television specials and fast facts for history buffs.
Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher. You can follow her on Twitter at @ClassTechTips