MATTHEW NOBLE (SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY )
USING TWITTER TO SHARE LESSON SNAPSHOTS, TEACHING SKILLS, AND MORE WITH THE #ELTWHITEBOARD HASHTAG : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
English teachers in Thailand and all over the world are sharing rich "snapshots" of lessons with peers by posting photos of their whiteboards to Twitter using the hashtag #ELTwhiteboard. I'll describe why enthusiastic users of #ELTwhiteboard promote it as a simple and effective ‘skillsharing’ tool which supports improved use of the most ubiquitous classroom resource of all. In addition, we'll explore how reciprocally sharing photos of your whiteboard work with interested peers can provide developmental input and feedback for teacher learning and why this kind of peer-sharing helps mitigate the psychological effects of what Lortie (1975) called “teacher isolation”. You will find out how #ELTwhiteboard developed online, view many wonderful whiteboard picture contributions by teachers from all around the world, and exchange tips on how to make best use of the whiteboard in class.
Matthew Noble is currently teaching English to secondary students at Satit Ongkharak school in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. Over the past decade he has taught adults and children in diverse contexts in Thailand, the US, Korea, and online. He has also been a CELTA course tutor and CPD seminar presenter.