Science Twitter Users to Watch

Science Twitter Users to Watch

This week, we selected the top ten influential science education tweeters. If your students are interested in exploring social media, exposing them to these people can help them learn new information in a different way. As a bonus, some of these tweeters could be great for you to follow for new education information as well. Everybody wins!

  1. @drkiki: Dr. Kiki Sanford is followed by over 100,000 on Twitter. Based out of California, Sanford tweets about various science issues. Most recently, she has been discussing the views of the current presidential candidates in relation to science. Sanford also promotes Science Chat on her account; a chat room devoted exclusively to the discussion of science issues and topics.
  2. @DoctorKarl: If your students are interested in an active conversation about science, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki is someone they should know about. Followers of Kruszelnicki’s account can actually tweet questions directly to him and have a direct conversation about science issues. From explaining why dead things float to discussing electric cars, Kruszelnicki is always open to discussion.
  3. @TheScienceGuy: Bill Nye is a name many students are already familiar with, thanks to his science-made-easy videos. The television show has been out of production since 1998, but Nye is still reaching out to kids with science. While Nye’s Twitter account is a far cry from the hit television series, it does offer science information and occasional words of wisdom. Nye also discusses his radio and television appearances via his account, giving interested students the chance to hear more from him.
  4. @sciencegeekgirl: The self-proclaimed “science geek,” real name Stephanie Chasteen, mainly tweets in reference to her blog and other interesting science websites. Her blog entries cover various topics, including a few that are directly helpful to teachers as well as potentially interesting to students. One of her latest entries explores the idea of using theater to teach science and another gives helpful tips for the commonly used Clicker tool. Chasteen provides tips and information useful to both students and faculty.
  5. @leeandrewdunn: Professor Lee Dunn from the University of Glasgow School of Education is the type of tweeter who gives a personal feel to science. Frequently tweeting his personal experiences with science and research, his account provides insight to the world of someone heavily involved in the scientific field, something that is very unique. Students can observe while also picking up some of the random science information Dunn occasionally tweets.
  6. @trbaker: Current science and technology teacher Tom Baker is a strong advocate of STEM education. He tweets science and technology information to about 3,567 followers daily. In addition to tweets about science and tech news, Baker also promotes the GIS Education Daily, a daily publication that discusses technology, education and politics. It could provide interesting discussion topics for classes and help get students thinking about science in a new way.
  7. @DrJoeDispenza: A neuroscientist, chiropractor and teacher according to his Twitter bio, Dr. Joe Dispenza discusses a variety of information on his account. In addition to having discussions with his followers about a variety of scientific topics, Dispenza also frequently tweets fill in the blank style facts for his followers. Incorporating these tweets into a question of the day in your class could spark interesting discussions about new topics students could be curious about.
  8. @SteveSpangler:  Educator and author Steve Spangler is truly dedicated to the pursuit of interesting science and his Twitter account makes that very plain. From tweeting about the Mars Rover to showcasing a slow motion video of Mentos being dropped into a Coca Cola, Spangler knows how to show interesting information in a short format. In addition to the fun science tweets your kids will surely love, Spangler is also a strong advocate for education and frequently discusses new information about the field on his account.
  9. @CommonGoodKaren: The resume of Karen Olson Johnson is undoubtedly impressive, including but not limited to author, sustainability expert, children’s science educator, and weekly radio host. Johnson’s account provides science information concerning topics from food to weather. She retweets a lot of interesting information from veritable sources but lately has been tweeting more herself. Her account is sure to show us more interesting things in the future.
  10. @carlzimmer: Author of 11 science books, Carl Zimmer is certainly well versed in scientific topics. On his Twitter account, he discusses various science topics with his followers and retweets information he finds interesting. From mentioning a possible new species of mosquito in Kenya to retweeted about cool looking caves, Zimmer definitely provides new information and interesting topics for students and educators.

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