Education technology is one of the fastest growing trends in the entire education field. With new technology in most every aspect of our lives, it is no mystery how technology would begin to take hold in education. The entire concept of education technology is to use new-age methods in an effort to create a better learning environment. Students of today have a unique ability to adapt to new technology at a rapid pace. Each and every teacher, regardless of grade level or experience, should be working towards better grasping technology in the classroom setting. I have compiled a list of the top 25 education technology influencers that you should be following on Twitter.
Eric Sheninger is a jack of all trades. He is an award-winning principal who is currently a senior member at Rigor Relevance. In addition, he is a best-selling author and an international speaker. His ideas have paved the way for growth and rigorous adaption, with a heavy emphasis on education technology. He has over 134,000 followers from all over the world.
Vicki Davis is one of the most influential Ed tech teachers on Twitter. She has amassed over 153,000 followers. She has won several awards for her teacher blogs, and has stood out for her coming of age style in the classroom. She updates on a daily basis with valuable Ed tech news and tips that are applicable to most any classroom.
Steven W. Anderson
Steven Anderson has over 162,000 followers, and has recently been named one of the top 50 education innovators in the United States. He is very active, tweeting multiple times per day with valuable education information. He is one of the most notorious innovators of education technology on the platform.
Richard Byrne has an extremely practical approach to Ed tech. With over 108,000 followers, his approach to making education technology usable and applicable to public school education has grabbed the attention of many. He is the founder of practicaledtech.com, which actively works with public educators to incorporate the latest technology in the classroom.
Dr. Alec Couros
Dr. Couros is an Ed tech professor at the University of Regina in Canada. He is a leader in the Ed tech field, and takes great pride in teaching skills and techniques of technology integration in a variety of avenues. He is an international speaker that has over 122,000 followers.
With over 241,000 followers, Microsoft Education vows to bring the latest education technology directly to you. With awesome insight on creative ways to use the latest tools in the classroom, Microsoft brings the technology directly to the educator. You can’t understand Ed tech without understanding what Microsoft is all about!
Alice has a very unique view of technology in the classroom. She is a huge proponent of integrating technology within a classroom, but she often provides valuable insight into how teachers can become better educators by using new methods. Her mix of traditional teaching with technology has made has made her quite the innovator in the Ed tech field with just over 117,000 followers.
Scott McLeod, founder of CASTLE, is a brilliant innovator that frequently provides his followers with updates dealing with up-and-coming Ed tech ideas. He is a professor who places a heavy emphasis on leadership in the classroom and the Ed tech field itself. He has over 52,000 followers.
Ton Vincent is the founder of learninghand.com. He specializes in workshops to help teachers improve their craft. He has numerous techniques to improve classroom management using technology, as well as adapting Ed tech to multiple learning styles. With his clever approach to education technology, Tony has amassed over 46,000 followers.
Todd Nesloney burst on the scene as the co-author and founder of Kids Deserve It. He is a principal at an elementary school in Texas, where his ideas have earned his school an impressive reputation. He challenges conventional thinking, and encourages teachers to leave their comfort zone to better reach students. With over 53,000 followers, Tom has gained a steady following over the past several years.
Apple is obviously one of the biggest names in the consumer market for technology. Their ideas have entered classrooms all over the world. One of the coolest features on their twitter is the Tuesday podcast that consists solely of educators from Europe and the United States. They have gathered over 530,000 followers.
Think Bilingual is one of the most encompassing Ed tech language names in education. Their ideas focus on teaching and adapting language to fit many cultures from around the world, within many different technologies. Their Twitter presents ideas for all ages, and are centered on providing a healthy learning environment amongst multiple cultures. They have earned over 18,000 followers in just a few years.
Tom Loud is the founder of Loud Learning. He has one of the most unique stories of any educator you will find, and he actively works to engage other educators through the lessons that he has learned. He speaks to school districts all over the United States. He is a proud proponent of social media integration in a variety of school settings. He has over 35,000 followers and frequently updates positive, uplifting educator stories.
Matthew Lynch is the editor for the Edvocate/Tech Edvocate. He also is a weekly blogger for the Huffington Post. His ideas revolve around changing the traditional educator mindset to a new, technology-based outlook. The Edvocate is a one-stop shop for many educators. The 45,000 followers of Matthew’s Twitter is evidence to this.
Erin Klein is a highly decorated teacher out of Michigan. She has won many different teacher of the year awards, both on the state level and the national stage. She is an Ed tech blogger who often talks about her classroom experiences with different technologies. She has gained over 76,000 followers and has emerged as a leader in the Ed tech movement.
Martin Burrett is an editor for UK Education Magazine. He is a teacher and strong proponent of Ed tech. He has gained a reputation as one of the most active live streamers in relation to Ed tech. Most anything that is attributed to #UKEd is certainly tied to Martin. He has over 34,000 followers on his vast platform of Ed tech sharing.
Brett Haase is the co-founder of PeaPodiCity. This is a highly successful brand that focuses on Ed tech ideas to incorporate play into learning. His brand has gained international attention and has won numerous awards over the past several years. Any Ed tech game is likely to be elaborated on by Brett. He has over 96,000 followers on his Twitter, and many customers who have bought into PeaPodiCity.
Dr. Ron Strand
Dr. Strand has a deeply knowledgeable interpretation as to what Ed tech should look like. As an educator that has seen his career transition as technology has been incorporated into the classroom, Dr. Strand has become a veteran voice of the Ed tech movement. He specializes in online communication and social media ethics. He has over 67,000 followers on his page.
Teddy Angelus is the COO of Turn to Tech. He has a deep knowledge of all things technology related, specifically in security. He frequently updates about new measures to protect the privacy of those involved in classroom settings, as well as ways to safely incorporate technology into large classroom environments. He has over 27,000 followers.
George Burgess has accomplished a tremendous amount in the Ed tech field. He is on Forbes list of 30 under 30. He is the creator of the Gojimo App, which is the UK’s most downloaded app for revisions. He is the founder of Ed Tech Exchange, and a ventured partner of In Motion Ventures. He is highly involved in education technology, and frequently updates the latest news of new technology and modern classroom methods. He has over 27,000 followers.
HP is one of the power players in Ed tech, along with Apple and Microsoft. HP Education updates frequently about new technological advances, and how they impact the possibilities of the learning environment in a classroom. With almost 40,000 followers, HP has a strong reputation as a leader in education technology.
Pierre Levy is a top-selling author. He has many views on the learning environment that will really make you reflect on how you may be doing things in your classroom. He has a refreshingly unbiased view on education technology. He has over 25,000 followers. They would all attest to the fact the Pierre doesn’t hold back on his factual information.
Faraja K. Nyalandu
Faraja K. Nyalandu is an ambassador out of Tanzania and a social entrepreneur. She specializes in education technology integration and has pushed for technology in areas that are greatly lacking. She has a strong ambition, and her 183,000 followers are very active on her page.
Education week should be a required twitter page to follow for any educator. This is a full-encompassing page that features many stories related to Ed tech. There are plenty of unbiased views, and there are plenty of opportunities to communicate with other educators from every part of the spectrum. Education Week has over 725,000 followers.
Christopher Papas is one of the great innovators of Ed tech. He is the founder of eLearning Industry. He is a major proponent of Ed tech and speaks all over the world. He has long been an advocate for learning through technology, and taking advantage of an age group that has been raised around it. He has over 56,000 followers.