Social Media is Not Just For Students

A Principal's Reflections

Immediately, visions of excessive socialization, time wasted, and meaningless conversations in the form of updates come to mind. This is true, in many cases, when these tools are used for personal use. As my network has grown, so has my growth as an educational leader.

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with.

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The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

You see, prior to 2009 I was adamantly opposed to even the thought of using social media for both personal and professional reasons. I swore that I would never be on any social media site and became disgusted when friends and family brought up the topic.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

We had a vibrant conversation on the topic of Digital Leadership with a focus on school culture, embracing change, strategic use of social media, the Model Schools Conference , and innovation. Will and I met virtually on Twitter way back in 2009.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). It is also extremely important for district and school teams to collaborate in person on specific goals.

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. But I learned from a mentor early on that making mistakes is okay; just don''t make the same mistake twice.

10 Things to Think About Before You Post

The Daring Librarian

So, when I heard that they were teaming up with the awesome Common Sense Media people, to put out a music video about Digital Citizenship, - I was SO there! Common Sense Media has added some handy extras! But it's not about what kind of social media or App you use but HOW you use it!

Learning Transformed #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

It has been quite the ride since I changed my perspective on teaching, learning, and leadership eight years ago. Prior to 2009 I basically saw technology as just an add-on and something that could spruce up a lesson. The learning experience must be redesigned and made personal.

Do You Have the Backbone for a PLN?

My Island View

The discussion around technology in education often revolves around wha t technology can or can’t do in regard to affecting kids’ learning. Technology’s effect on education is difficult to assess, because it is not just the technology that affects the learning.

Make Change Stick

A Principal's Reflections

What are the school factors that influence student learning and ultimately achievement? When I began to develop a shared vision and strategic plan for change with my staff back in 2009 I referred to the Katgar Model of Change.

What's Hidden in You?

A Principal's Reflections

I didn’t have the “talent”, pre-disposition, personality, or character to do certain things. Our minds are often the greatest advisor that we face each day, thus it is important to constantly improve our intellectual bank and diversify our networks in order to help unlock hidden talents.

Our Work Defines Our Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

Are the memories of these individuals – whether positive or less than positive – what the other person intended? During my tenure I not only worked to improve every facet of the school, but I also became a connected educator in 2009. This post is my contribution to Leadership Day 2014.

Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership.

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His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s).

Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

I wrote a post on December 28, 2009 where I talked about tools that I thought would have a break out year. Here is an example I use a lot where I asked people to give me their thoughts on what a PLN (Personal Learning Network) means to them.

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My Edublog Nomiations 2011

The Daring Librarian

But what I get most from the Edublogs is an ever growing list of great new voices and views to add to my personal learning network. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.