LinkedIn is usually thought of as a resourceful website for job seekers or those looking to switch careers, but it can also be a great resource for those looking to expand their knowledge and connect to a community. In fact, there are plenty of useful LinkedIn groups for teachers.
If you’re an educator who hasn’t joined the social media site, step one is creating a profile. Not only does a LinkedIn profile increase your visibility if you’re looking to change jobs, but it’s also a perfect place to network and expand your personal learning network through LinkedIn groups for teachers.
Prepare to have a new favorite social media site. Check out some of the top LinkedIn groups for teachers below.
Founded by Mathematician Opher Liba in 2007, this LinkedIn group is described as for “people who are interested in Mathematics and its culture, history and education.” Nearly 50,000 members, including many teachers in the math field, swap ideas and information about this important subject.
Over 22,000 LinkedIn users are members of this group focused especially on science, technology, engineering, and math concentrations for kindergarten through high school. The group focuses on “creating collaborative projects and partnerships through strategic connections between K-12 educators, K-12 students, and industry organizations,” according to its description. Look no further for helpful hints about making kids love these fields of study!
When it comes to LinkedIn groups for teachers, Teacher’s Lounge is the top dog. It has gathered almost 200,000 members who are looking to connect with other educators of kindergarten to grade 12. Participating teachers are encouraged to share creative ideas that have really impacted their school in hopes of helping others. Score!
Over 20,000 science teachers have united on this LinkedIn group since its creation in 2009, swapping education tools and unique ideas to engage students. The group’s description reads, “The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”
Teachers don’t have to learn only from other educators. This LinkedIn group connects parents as well as those who work in school settings to exchange strategies, concerns, and tools to create a better learning environment for students. Nearly 40,000 members strong, it’s a great place for networking and new ideas.
“This organization seeks to understand, implement and educate communities on the means of incorporating technology into education,” according to its description. “It is our goal to prepare our students and community for a world filled with technology.” Every STEM educator needs to join the 35,000 members with the same mission.
While technology is bringing teachers together in new extremely helpful and positive ways, it’s important to remember the connection between social media and building a successful career. There are many news stories regarding employees – including teachers – who were terminated after posting information on social media that employers found offensive, irresponsible, or inconsistent with a school’s mission. Remember to stay safe on social media.