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Twits: Deb Hicks

I don’t know what they’re actually called. This works for me. Every issue I will profile a useful Twit, for you to build up a collection of people to follow.

Deb Hicks @taradcatThe Basics


When and why did you join Twitter?
I joined Twitter early in 2008 when I became a regional ICT coach/consultant and thought it would be a great way to share resources and develop a personal learning network with like-minded people.

Why do you like Twitter as a social media platform?
I love Twitter over other social media tools for supporting my work and interests as it gives quick grabs of great links, ideas and resources that I probably would not have found on my own. The power is in the quality of the twitter community you build.

Who do you follow on Twitter?
I have no desire to follow many thousands of people and fill my feed with ‘stuff’ and confine my following to interesting people and organisations who promote a love of contemporary learning and innovation. My focus is on educationalists, Edutech, Science, leadership, organisational change, ethics, online safety and teachers……. lots of teachers! You might find the occasional comedian in my following…. love a laugh! But I tend to stay clear of celebrities and politicians!

Who should we follow?
I follow many of the well-known thought leaders in Digital Technologies and Education.

  • Pasi Sahlberg (@pasi_sahlberg) has had some provocative ideas to share lately.
  • I like Dan Rockwell’s (@Leadershipfreak) stream, he often presents complex ideas of leadership in manageable ways.
  • I love following Sandra England (@SandraEngland50). She is a retired learning and teaching leader and posts some great, practical resources for teachers. We follow each other around on Pinterest too.
  • Dean Shareski (@shareski) shares some great posts with links, research and resources that I often find useful.
  • I have just left a position at Monmia PS. In my time there we developed a strong Twitter platform (@MonmiaPS) that celebrates the wonderful things that happen every day in the school’s life.

Finally, what’s the story behind your Twitter handle?

My Twitter handle is named after my cat, Tara, who used to sit on the chair by my computer at night and watch me work. So, the handle is tara-d-cat……. Tara the cat. She has since passed on, but her legacy lives on in my online world.

On Twitter.

  • Ten years on Twitter
  • Over 2000 tweets
  • More than 800 followers

Deb’s Twitter feed consists of

  • Links to ICT resources for teachers,
  • Lots of links to Commonsense Media,
  • Predictions and articles about the future and education
  • Lesson ideas and suggestions

My Favourite Tweet:

29 May 2019 | National
Keeping up your cyber hygiene News Image

Cyber-attacks on Australia’s education sector have dropped to 18% (down by 32% from 2017) which saw the sector leave the top spot of most targeted.
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29 May 2019 | South Australia
UK Linked Factory of the Future in Tonsley SA News Image

A proposed $50 million Flinders University-led Australian Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (ACIM) at Tonsley will be the nation’s first reconfigurable ‘Future Factory. Read More

29 May 2019 | National
Math teacher shortage worse with more enrolments News Image

The shortage of Maths teachers is well documented and has been for some time, a shortage has been appreciated since the 1980s, the problem will only get worse as enrolments increase. Read More

29 May 2019 | National
Droning in the Classroom News Image

If we are to believe futurist Thomas Frey, drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history. To be fair Frey’s definition of a drone is more than the flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs we typically think of. Read More

29 May 2019 | National
Grant bot uses algorithm to give schools STEAM funds News Image

Grant is kind of generous, if you manage to impress, Grant will make it very worth your while, giving away funds for classroom STEAM resources.
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