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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. Related:  Twitter for Administrators

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. Administrators and Researchers John Robinson: Principal John Robinson loves discussing both policies impacting public schools and education technology from an administrative perspective.Eric Sheninger: He didn’t win the NASSP Digital Principal Award this year because of his tech-fearing tendencies, that’s for sure! EdTech Higher Ed Nonprofit Organizations and Activists Policymakers and Government Organizations October 1st, 2012 written by Site Administrator

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?" Why would you want to follow so many people on Twitter? If you go to my profile page and select lists, you can see what lists I follow, or just go here. Another great feature of lists is that if you find someone on twitter and you would like to follow everyone on one of their lists, you can just simply click on that list and then subscribe to everyone on that list.

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 Educators On Twitter You Should Follow (But Probably Don’t) 1. Middle school teacher Ron Clark, winner of Disney’s American Teacher Awards 2000 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, is also an author, speaker and co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy. 2. 3. Prolific Twitter user Jessica Johnson is an elementary school principal in rural Wisconsin and co-moderator of the #educoach Wednesday night chat on Twitter. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal 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. "The role of the principal is one of facilitation and modeling behavior," remarks Robert Farrace, senior director of communications and development with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. T.H.E. We then spoke with three highly effective technology leaders among the ranks of principals to see how these habits have led to the successful implementation of educational technology in their schools. 1. The Expert's Perspective: Robert Farrace: "Guiding the culture of the school is one of the most important things that a principal has to do.

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.” These are all comments I have heard before and I, too, thought twitter was ridiculous and a waste of time, even after I first signed up and tried it. Twitter is an extraordinarily powerful way to connect with inspired, innovative educators who have a wealth of resources and information to share. You know that feeling you get when you attend a conference? As an instructional leader of a school, it is essential that you are continuing to learn and model learning for your staff. I have had the pleasure of sharing the power of twitter along with fellow principals Curt Rees (Onalaska) and Jay Posick (Merton) at the AWSA convention and SLATE conference. @L_Hilt

10 Ways Principals Can Use Twitter to Enhance Stakeholder Engagement | Mr. Carter's Office 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. I had the opportunity to participate in an intense, three-day social media boot camp facilitated by Debra Jasper and Betsy Hubbard, founders of Mindset Digital. 1. I didn’t begin by doing all 10 of the strategies listed, nor should you. Be Great, Dwight

A Post for the Principals New to Twitter | Jessica Johnson @PrincipalJ 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…

5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community Cross-posted at eFACE Today This year, our K-6 staff began learning in a new virtual way using Twitter. After a couple staff in-service trainings and after school workshops, parents and teachers ventured into this new educational Twitterverse. Our staff’s “learning by Twitter” has occurred in multiple formats this school year: From each otherFrom classroom to classroomFrom our school parentsFrom their developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)From local & national conferencesFrom our district hashtag (#nped)From weekly education chats like #ptchat, #5thchat, #edchat #ntchat & others Below are five examples of collaborative and transparent learning compliments of @KnappElementary staff and parents. Front lobby display of TweetsSPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS / CONFERENCES - International Speaker on Bullying & Teen Suicide John Halligan Spoke earlier this year at NPSD.

Connected Principals Have A Twitter Hashtag! It is amazing to see how quickly Principals from all over have jumped on board with this blog to help us all stay connected and learn more about what is happening at our schools. This great forum also helps us gain a better insight into innovations, initiatives, leadership styles, etc. that can help us as we strive for school improvement in our own buildings. In talking with this blog’s creator George Couros this morning, the ideas were flowing as to where we can go with this idea of Connected Principals. One of the first thoughts is to create a Twitter hashtag where Principals can go to connect on Twitter and have an ongoing conversation with other Principals. Social Media for Administrators As I have done a lot of work with school administrators on why they should be using social media and some practical ways to use it within their schools, I wanted to compile some articles together that will help schools/organizations move forward. They will be listed under two categories; the why and the how. The articles are listed below: The Why The Need for Courageous Leadership – If new ideas are going to happen and we are going to encourage risks, we need to take risks as well. What Digital Accelerates – Many of the fundamentals that were important 50 years ago are still important today. Humanizing Our Organizations Through Social Media – In this post, I share what many organizations are doing around the world and how it is important that in education, we get through our culture of fear and do what we can to connect with those that we serve. There can no longer be an “opt out” clause when dealing with technology in our schools, especially from our administrators. The How

Meet Your New PD Tool Tiffany Della Vedova entered the social media universe gradually. She started with ASCD EDge, an online community of some 33,000 administrators and educators where she still regularly blogs. "I had been reading their publications and blog. And I thought, I'm going to join the conversation. I started blogging and reading other people's blogs. Then she began following people from EDge on Twitter, and once she got the hang of it, a whole new world opened up. She did so simply by posting questions on Twitter, appending a relevant hashtag, and waiting to see what she got. Della Vedova is the academic dean of the Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida. But even for her, the breadth of information she's found by way of Twitter is mind-boggling. At first glance, Twitter doesn't seem like the place to gather information on how to run a school or craft a curriculum. Principals who use Twitter echo those sentiments. For Sheninger, tweeting is like directed Googling.

NAESP By Rosie O’Brien Vojtek Communicator November 2013, Volume 37, Issue 3 It’s Wednesday night, October 30, 2013. Game six of the World Series between the Red Sox and the St. So, World Series or Twitter—which would you choose? Me? You could call us geeks, or call us crazy. So, ultimately, what can administrators learn and how can we manage the information we get by connecting with others through Twitter? Managing Chats If you’re new to Twitter, chats occur when a group of people all tweet about the same topic at a designated time using a specific tag (a hashtag). Tweet-chatting involves multi-tasking: following a conversation while exploring links, or even juggling parental responsibilities or cooking dinner. To catch up on the latest tweets from a chat, followers can search in Twitter using the chat’s hasthag (#cpchat, for instance) or a specific user (@NAESP). So, are Twitter chats worth it? 7 Tools for Organzing Online Information Twitter Ideas to Share We use Storify to reach people!

Help Your Principals Become Twitter Advocates: ‘Opting Out Is No Longer an Option’ | National School Public Relations Association Evelyn McCormack Before March 2009, Eric Sheninger was “your typical school leader who felt that social media had no place in my personal and professional life.” Sheninger, principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School, believed that social media was “a waste of everybody’s time and a distraction for students.” A Leading Voice in Using Social Media Like many districts at the time, New Milford School District communicated news about school closings by using a phone chain and had a district website that was updated sporadically, at best. “I realized that Twitter could be the answer, and a free one at that,” says Sheninger, who has since become a leading voice in using social media in education. Enhance Communication for Individual Schools AND Your District With close to one billion users on Facebook alone, social media has become an indispensable way of reaching people around the world. Supporting Teachers and Students Creating a Personal Learning Network Recognizing the Positives

3 Reasons Why the School Principal Needs to Tweet | Mark W. Guay I envision every school principal with smartphone in hand, anxious to send out the next tweet. And here's why: Now, more than ever before, schools have their own media channel -- the ability to say what they want and show the world how amazing they are. It's saddening to read mainstream media's portrayal of the school system full of burnt-out teachers, military principals, and factory-like education. This, just simply, is not true. This is changing, however. It's time now for school districts to take the power and become their own media channel using all the free media channels out there to promote the positive-learning center school leaders know their school to be. This isn't for everyone. Great schools (online, blended, and traditional) act as nurturing centers that foster creative development and high-quality art, math, and science skills; and school is the medium to advance human development and better society. In case you're not convinced: 3 Reasons Why Principals Need to Tweet 1. 2.