This is a little different from my usual blog, I am part of the #ukedchat community on twitter in my other life as a teacher. The Edublog are asking for nominations for awards and I am glad of the chance to leap in and say what @ukedchat has done for me, it's welcoming and incredibly helpful, supportive community, where anyone can leap in at any time but with scheduled meet ups at 8pm every Thursday. It offers the chance of a staff room chat, combined with sharing resources, importantly I also feel it offers CPD in an easy format. With LAs cutting costs there are not as many training opportunities certainly within my county, ukedchat enables me to keep more up to date with developments, helps improve my IT knowledge which I can then take back to my class and share with other teachers. I have found colleagues can be quite dismissive of twitter and reluctant to use it, but for me it has made the world of difference to my teaching.
I would like to nominate
#ukedchat for best twitter hashtag
@ukedchat for best educational use of a social network and best individual tweeter