Literati, derived from Latin, means "acquainted with letters." In historical times, it referred a well-educated class who held an elite status in society.
Twitterati are well acquainted with letters, too: 140 at a time, as the social media giant Twitter dictates. Global Learning Twitterati, as I define them, are smart global educators who share their learning and experiences on Twitter.
The one quality I appreciate above all else on Twitter is how Tweeters curate a world of information, and pass on the best ideas, resources, or topics for debate at that particular moment.
Here are some Global Learning Twitterati to follow and how they describe their Twitter feeds:
@ConnectaSchool Sharing the Stories of Schools Connecting Internationally.
@ConnectStateGov Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of @StateDept. Building friendly, peaceful relations through international exchanges.
@DrTonyWagner Innovation Ed Fellow, Tech & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Author: The Global Achievement Gap & Creating Innovators.
@edweekcomm The commentary section of @EducationWeek, America's education newspaper of record.
@global_nomads Fostering dialogue, understanding and peaceful co-existence among the world's youth through #globaled #Exchange20 technology
@growingupglobal Author, GrowingUpGlobal (RandomHouse) write, speak, explore what it means to be a global citizen. TEDx talkhttp://bit.ly/dEUSLP
@GTEorg Supporting internationalization of teacher preparation programs in the US. Mission of preparing globally competent teachers.
@iEARNUSA U.S. member of the global K-12 project-based collaboration network. (Follow other iEARN member organizations, too.)
@julielindsay Global educator, Innovator, teacherpreneur, leader. Co-founder @flatclassroom, author, 'Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds'
@Kathe_Kirby Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation, Asialink at the University of Melbourne.
@langwitches Modern Learning (Second Decade of Century XXI) - Globally Connected Learning- Social Media in the Classroom
@OWYP One World Youth Project links schools around the world to build a generation of global citizens. A program of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation.
@PrimarySRC Helping educators gain the knowledge & tools they need to prepare students to thrive in today's interconnected world.
@RitaOates Global edtech leader who helps empower K12 educators to engage learners. Was edtech dir in Miami-Dade schools. Keynote speaker, author.
@TGC_IREX TGC is an opportunity for teachers from the US to participate in a program aimed at globalizing US classrooms. TGC is a program of ECA administered by IREX.
@Tonya_Muro Director of School Outreach and Educational Partnerships@AFSUSA. #globaled collaborator! Global Nomad
@WorldSavvy World Savvy educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.
This list is just a starting point. The problem with these lists is as soon as it is so-called "done," it's incomplete! For this reason, I've started a Twitter list. Please recommend others by tweeting the #globallearning hashtag.
I'll see you in the Twittersphere.
See my earlier blog post, "Twitter for the #GlobalEducator"