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Tweeting For Schools

Tweeting For Schools
Awhile ago, I wrote a post entitled, “What Should A Networked Educational Leader Tweet About?“, which was meant to be a guide to administrators new to Twitter on tweeting and sharing information using this social media tool. It is something that I am hoping all educators can use, but I obviously think that administrators should really understand the important use of social media in schools. As our own school division and schools all over the world are starting to use organizational Twitter accounts to connect, I wanted to write a post on how a school or educational institution can use Twitter effectively. It is a great way to connect with students, as well as share their message locally and globally. Here are some ideas to start you with the process: School Announcements- This is probably the way Twitter is used most often with school accounts but sometimes it is the only way. With the information above, it is important that you do not take this lightly.

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50 Global Edu Leaders You Should Follow On Twitter Education is a constantly evolving organism, with individual humans and institutions making up the cells and organs that keep it running. Some are bad, some are neutral, and some ensure its very survival in ways minor and major. And social media outlets such as Twitter enable them all to keep this crucial discussion about a basic human right constantly flowing. Whether you agree with what the following leaders and leading resources included, they still exert influence over the education industry. Guidelines for School-Steven Anderson Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't.

Utilizing Twitter Lists I recently read the blog post, Twitter Snobs or Efficient Learners written by Bill Ferriter. In this post Bill states, "whenever the number of people that I'm following grows to more than 200, I simply get lost in the streams of information that come through my Twitter feed. At that point, Twitter becomes useless, doesn't it?"

Increases Engagement Communicating in 140-character segments may seem to contradict the goals of generally long-winded academia, but a new study has found that the two are less opposed than one might think. Students in the study who were asked to contribute to class discussions and complete assignments using Twitter increased their engagement over a semester more than twice as much as a control group. The study used a 19-question survey based on the National Survey of Student Engagement to measure student engagement at the beginning and end of a seminar course for first year students in pre-health professional programs. Four sections (70 students) were given assignments and discussions that incorporated Twitter, such as tweeting about their experiences on a job shadow day or commenting on class readings. Three sections (55 students) did the same assignments and had access to the same information, but didn't use Twitter.

10 Educators On Twitter You Should Follow (But Probably Don't) - If you’re already a teacher on Twitter, you know how useful it can be to connect with other educators and get the latest news in education. If you’re not on Twitter you may think it’s just celebrities navel gazing while everyone else tweets pictures of their latest meal. Yes, there can be some of that, but there are also plenty of innovative teachers using Twitter to engage with like-minded people on a variety of education subjects. Whether you’re a Twitter novice or pro, here are some educators on Twitter that may be worth following.

10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics - Do Your Job Better By Katrina Gulliver Most of my friends (the ones who are not already on Twitter) have heard my Twitter pitch, and it's true that since joining several years ago I've become quite an evangelist. Recently over dinner, a colleague told me he had never really gotten the point of Twitter, but now that he had a book to promote, he wished he had followers he could share it with. Twitter is what you make of it, and its flexibility is one of its greatest strengths. I'm going to explain why I have found it useful, professionally and personally, and lay out some guidelines for academics who don't know where to start.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals Leadership | In Print 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals By Jennifer Demski06/07/12 Patrick Larkin, principal of Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, started a 1-to-1 iPad initiative in the fall of 2012. The conventional wisdom in education is that any school reform--be it curriculum, instruction, assessment, or teacher professionalism--is most likely to take hold in schools that have strong leadership. Apocalypse: The Network Event Horizon « Martin’s Weblog Networks are central to meaning, culture and evolution. They define the community and the circulation of meaning within a community – from a connectivist perspective they define knowledge and meaning, from a memetic perspective they are the means through which memes are transmitted and from a cemetic perspective networks are culture – they are community, meaning and evolution. However we look at it networks are vital to culture and never before have people been so connected as with the Internet. In terms of numbers 2.3 billion people were online at the end of 2011(33% of all humanity) and by 2020 it is expected that 5 billion people will be connected – 66% of all humanity. While the scale of internet connectivity is important it is the nature of this connectivity that is even more important – web 2, social media and social networks mean that anyone who is connected can be heard globally and contribute their ideas.

Using Twitter for 24/7 Professional Development Recently I shared the following article in our state administrators association monthly newsletter and thought it would be great to cross-post here. Maybe this will help you get started or you can pass it on to your principal if he/she is not on twitter. “What is twitter?” “Isn't twitter for celebrities?” “I don't have time for twitter.” socialmediaguidelines / FrontPage Social Media Guidelines for Schools This is a collaborative project to generate Social Media Guidelines for school districts. The goal of this guideline is to provide instructional employees, staff, students, administrators, parents and the school district community direction when using social media applications both inside and outside the classroom. Contributors - If you can contribute in any way to this wiki please add your name to the Contributor's page. X District Social Media Guidelines The X School District realizes that part of 21st century learning is adapting to the changing methods of communication.

10 Ways Principals Can Use Twitter to Enhance Stakeholder Engagement Before I joined the Twitterverse, I was critical of its use and, quite frankly, was turned off by the concept all together. I often read and watched what seemed like ridiculous stories of what celebrities shared about their lives from the foods they ate, who they had lunch with, or whom they were dating. I saw no purpose for it all.

Location Based Safety Guide Privacy is a freedom we give ourselves. It is spring break. Facebook is full of my friends saying where they are (with their whole families), and it looks like most of them are posting publicly. A Post for the Principals New to Twitter I have previously written about how powerful Twitter in several different posts: My #1 Recommended Resource, Expanding my PLN on Twitter, Is Social Media Taking Away from Personalization and Relationships, and The #WIAmigos are at it Again) Anyone who knows me knows that I always promote the power of building your PLN (Professional Learning Network) through Twitter. Principals have a lonely job being the only one in their position in their building, but by connecting with others on twitter, you are not alone! I recently read a post by Tom Whitby, To Whom Should I Connect?, and was also having guilt about not recommending people on #FF (#FF is for “Follow Friday” when people tweet out recommendations of people to follow). Twitter is great, because I find something new every time I check the feed, however, what’s even better is knowing the strengths of each person I follow so that I know specifically who I should go to with a question in that area. Educators out of Wisconsin…

Younger Generation Embracing A New View Of Privacy Would you give up your privacy for a free BlackBerry? For four years, nearly 200 high school students in Dallas voluntarily allowed every text, email, and IM to be monitored. That these youth would sign off on such an invasion of privacy, especially in light of the content that was discovered within their communication, shows how much the next generation has changed their views on privacy.