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10 reasons we need social media in education. I recently had the opportunity to be a part of a four person panel discussing social media in education with central office administrators.

10 reasons we need social media in education

Our audience was made up of superintendents and assistant superintendents from all over the state of Missouri. Most importantly, I was joined by three awesome educators: Kyle Pace (@kylepace), Chris McGee (@cmcgee200), & Scott Dill (houstonsuper). All four of us come from different backgrounds and have a wide variety of educational experiences, and I would highly recommend following all of these gentlemen on Twitter if you are not already.

I'm writing this post to help educators start the social media conversation in their district. Regardless of your position, if you are looking for some talking points for future conversations with your building and/or central office administration on the benefits of social media, look no further: 1) - Social media enables an instructional shift to take place. 7) - Social media will help you pass a bond issue. Communication Tools for School Leaders. There are many essential skills a school leader needs to be effective.

Communication Tools for School Leaders

On that list, and toward the top, is communication. How, when and how often, and by what means of communication are tough questions every school leader thinks about and deals with on a daily basis. To add to this debate I provide the following: How To Communicate There are three types of communication that every school leader needs to engage in with stakeholders. Born to Learn ~ You are Born to Learn. Learning Is Different Than Education.

“…all our problems tend to gather under two questions about knowledge: Having the ability and desire to know, how and what should we learn?

Learning Is Different Than Education

And, having learned, how and for what should we use what we know?” Wendell Berry, likely America’s greatest living writer and certainly its most compelling essayist, succinctly captures the challenge of education in this excerpt on an essay from a (mostly) unrelated topic from “People, Land, and Community.” But in the quote, Berry (whose ideas we’ve used to reflect on learning before, including this Inside-Out School Learning Model) has given us the ingredients for any authentic system of learning. The challenge of the ability and the desire to know is well enough established. Allan's Blog. “The new version of the Padagogy Wheel tackles a major question that is lurking in the back of everyone’s mind.

Allan's Blog

If it’s not … it should be. It’s about the problem of motivation in education. How do we motivate students, teachers, parents, and everyone else to get excited about learning? Rethinking Education: Why Our Education System Is Ripe For Disruption. Mind-Sets and Equitable Education. Much talk about equity in education is about bricks and mortar—about having equal facilities and equal resources.

Mind-Sets and Equitable Education

Those factors, although extremely important, are relatively easy to quantify. What may be harder to capture are the beliefs that administrators, teachers, and students hold—beliefs that can have a striking impact on students’ achievement. In my research, I have identified two sets of beliefs that people can have about students’ intelligence (and that students can have about their own intelligence). They may have a fixed mind-set, in which they believe that intelligence is a static trait: some students are smart and some are not, and that’s that.

Or they may have a growth mind-set, in which they believe that intelligence can be developed by various means—for example, through effort and instruction. Students’ Mind-Sets On the basis of those findings, we designed a workshop to teach students a growth mind-set. 5 Traits of High Quality Professional Development. For the past seven years a large part of my job has been focused on providing professional development for K-12 educators.

5 Traits of High Quality Professional Development

Specifically, professional development centered around technology in education. Over the years I have paid close attention to things I felt could help me improve my teaching of teachers. GAINS Home. The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now. The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have. The above image is 8.5×11″ so you can print it out. PDF is available here . There’s been a lot of talk about 21st century learners, 21st century teachers, and connected classrooms. There’s a daily influx of new technology into your inbox and your classroom feels woefully behind the times even if you’re flipping your 1:1 iPad classroom that’s already online and part of a MOOC . What are modern teachers to do with all this jargon and techno-babble being thrown at them all day long?

Simple. In my experience, I’ve seen teachers attempt to integrate 30 iPads into their classroom by handing them out and then trying to figure out which apps are worth using. In order to do this, you’ll need skills modern teachers must have. 1) Build Your PLN Whether you call it a ‘personal learning network’ or a ‘professional learning network’ is not important. 2) Establish Real Relationships Whether it’s online or offline, the ability to establish real relationships is critical to any modern teacher. Share what you know. High-Impact Instruction: A Corwin Companion Site. Corwin: Home. Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?:Musing Over Meetings. November 2012 | Volume 70 | Number 3 Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair?

Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?:Musing Over Meetings

What's Effective? Pages 86-87 Thomas R. Hoerr I've been lookin' for love in all the wrong places," sang Johnny Lee in Urban Cowboy, and that's a bit how I felt when I read Daniel Kahneman's book, Thinking, Fast and Slow (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow looks at decision making and is filled with gems of information about human behavior and leadership. Another of Kahneman's observations deals with how to elicit input from others. Before the sharing begins, Kahneman suggests having each participant jot down his or her thoughts on a piece of paper. What was most striking for me was the distinction Kahneman made—the distinction that we all make—between memory and experience. Kahneman cites three stories that illustrate this reality. Patients undergoing colonoscopies without anesthetic (ugh!) Remember me wanting to improve my meetings? Thomas R. Click on keywords to see similar products: