Social Media in Education

A Principal's Reflections

My answers to Bill''s questions provide a snapshot of my social media in education journey. What made you interested in using social media to reach out to your school community? Now I had heard of this social network before, but only viewed it as a means for celebrities and other people to send meaningless messages about things they were doing. For me, Twitter opened the door to the world of social media.

Social Media With Promethean

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Over the last few days I spent some time with the folks at the Promethean Headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, talking to them about their social media presence. That is why I went to talk to them about social media. Promethean Social Media

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Social Media In The Classroom.

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And it would have been difficult, nigh impossible, to have these kinds of connections and relationships without social media. The topic on #edchat this week centered around Social Media and the role it currently plays in education and the role it should play in education.

#ISTE10, Social Media and Relationships

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Yet some out there are trying to devalue what we are creating on Twitter and other social networks. Isn''t there some level of trust that we place in the people we meet and get to "know" through social media? What do you think about relationships and social media? Is it easier to make connections with people you don''t know because of social media? Can we even call what we have relationships through social media and never meet?

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

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What I really enjoyed was there were so many people there that I knew because of social media. Social Media. All possible because of social media. Social Media is dangerous, it is a time suck, you can''t learn while being social.

TeachMeet Nashville 2010

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I will be part of a panel on Social Media in Education. Over the next 2 days I will participating in TeachMeet Nashville. TeachMeets are unique conference experiences where everyone has an opportunity to share, learn and grow as professional educators.

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Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

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21st Century Leadership Shift Happens (must see video for any educator unfamiliar with the tends and impacts associated with technology and social media. Principals can use social media for communication, public relations, branding, professional development, and opportunity.

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Michelle Luhtala Wins AASL Social Media Superstars Award

edWeb is so excited to congratulate Michelle Luhtala, department chair at New Canaan High School Library in Connecticut, for being selected as a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstars winner ! I met Michelle Luhtala at the CoSN Conference in March 2010–seven years ago.

Why Have A Social Media Policy Anyway? Take 2

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Since then I have done a lot of thinking about and talking about social media policy. I repost it now because we are heading into that time of year when people are starting to ask me and the rest of the members of their PLN''s about their best example of social media policies. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging, talking and thinking about Social Media in the classroom. People ask me about examples of good Social Media Policies.

Building Momentum

A Principal's Reflections

Speaking to administrators who are skeptical about utilizing social media is something that I am extremely passionate about. I now have the confidence to clearly articulate how social media has enabled me to become a more effective and efficient administrator in many areas.

What Schools Can Learn About Communication From the Vatican’s Former Social Media Chief


In 2017, Monsignor Paul Tighe may have been the only priest amidst a sea of techies at South by Southwest (SXSW), where he spoke about his past experience serving as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for the Catholic Church. Think “social media director” for the Catholic Church.) Odd as his presence may have seemed, it was not out of the ordinary for the Church, which first devised a social media strategy around 2010.

Banning is the Easy Way Out

A Principal's Reflections

With that being said, I was very taken back recently by multiple media outlets covering a story about a NJ Middle School Principal who had asked his parents to ban Facebook and other forms of social media at home. Banning students from accessing social media will only push them to utilize these sites in secret, which will not provide a solution to cyberbullying. All school communities have issues with irresponsible social media use and mine in not exempt.

Opening Minds on Social Networking

A Principal's Reflections

What are you doing to increase access and use of social media in your schools? Change Education Week Leadership Social Media The following interview took place after Education Week''s Leadership Forum "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning" on 10/5/10 in Washington D.C. In order to increase access and use I am now utilizing Facebook with students and parents in my District.

Final Reflections Of TeachMeet Nashville 2010

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There were large groups of teachers learning how to use Twitter and social networking for professional development to small groups of 2 or 3 people in impromptu learning sessions. Melissa presented several sessions passing along some great information on how she uses technology in the classroom and Nancy moderated a interesting panel on social media in education. What a great 2 days of learning in Nashville TN last week!

My 2010 Edublogs Nominees Post


The Edublog Awards is an annual online "event" meant to recognize excellent use of social media in educational circles. Check out the 2009 nominees/winners , 2010 to follow! Wherein I start (and end) my campaign to get us SLPs and other Special Educators a bit more recognized in the edublogosphere.

Communicating and Connecting With Social Media (An Excerpt)

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The book is entitled Communicating & Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals and will be available from Solution Tree on May 19, 2011 Using Twitter to Build Your School’s Brand The good news is that open-communication practices in a social media world don’t have to be intimidating. These two services have been broadly em­braced across all social and technical profiles and make it possible to reach large audiences in the blink of an eye.

Social Media Revolution for School Librarians: Keynote Resources for CASL

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Dont Hate the Hashtag: a Social Media Revolution for Librarians View more presentations from gwyneth jones. Hamilton CASL comic life dont hate the hashtag erik qualman facebook social media twitter

Don't Hate the Hashtag: A Social Media Revolution for School Librarians

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Animation facebook goanimate hash tag social media sqworl twitter Being asked to be the keynote at MASL was a huge compliment, and I''m honored to speak to my fellow Maryland teacher-librarians.

Still Think Social Media is a FAD?

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In 2007 I blogged on my MHMS Media blog about the amazing video "Did You Know" by Karl Fisch and Scott Mc Leod -- then last year ''09 I posted the updated version to my community. And as we watch the phenom of Social Media and the newly coined Socialnomics the video above.

Social Media Dim Sum: Tasty Bites You Can Try

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Social Media Dim Sum: One Small Plate at a Time I love my PLN! One idea I heard repeatedly at ISTE10 was learning is social, just like eating , so the analogy is perfect" The gorgeous Kyra Kreinbrook added: "Okay, I am right there with Andrea and Brenda.

Take Control of Your Public Relations

A Principal's Reflections

Combine this with the fact the the local media is finicky when it comes to reporting on the many positives occurring at any school for that matter I came to the decision that it was up to me to take control of our public relations. Then social media came into my life.

QR Code Custom Jewelry, Swag,& Social Media Hipster Bling!

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Oh and Bravo TV reality shows) Get the hippest geekiest social media hipster bling from Zazzle. Geek Chic: I am addicted to a few things. I have guilty pleasures.

The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

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I was happy to contribute a section on social media. There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog. But often if you have teachers that are just starting out or need some help figuring all this tech stuff out, it can be a daunting task as there is lots of information.

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The 2010 Edublog Award Nominations - Vote Now!

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In their 7th year, the Edublog Awards are a chance to celebrate blogging, social media, and Web 2.0 The full list of categories for the 2010 Edublog awards are listed below. in education. I should note that I am co-host of the actual awards ceremony, that Classroom 2.0

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Tips For Establishing Meaningful Partnerships

A Principal's Reflections

This past Tuesday I attended our Annual Senior Academic Awards dinner. It was a great event where New Milford High School students received over $65,000 in local scholarships.

Those were the days? Engaging with social media

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As a result, there is more social identity based on how many "friends" you have on facebook, risky behavior that will get immediate attention, and less ability to take part in long, well-thought out indepth discussion. Andy Cloverdale social networking tools communication styleAndy Cloverdale had an interesting post that echoes my own thoughts on blogging these days.

Reflecting on the 140 Conference

A Principal's Reflections

Each of us spoke with passion and conviction as the discussion addressed how each of us utilize Twitter/social media in our respective positions and the implications it has on catalyzing change. I also feel that it is prudent to share some advice of my own that I have formulated after actively learning about social media for the past year. Can you be innovative without social media?

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

From now until November 25th, Adam is running a social media charity drive and when anyone clicks on this link he will donate a penny to charity. Listen to my entire session on Leading With Social Media here. It is happening virtually in the form of Personal Learning Networks through discussion, resource sharing, and collaboration through social networking sites like Twitter and The Educator''s PLN.

Today's Lesson: Facebook. Friend or enemy in the classroom?

A Principal's Reflections

Facebook, the premiere social networking site, is used by hundreds of thousands of students all over the world. While the site has become somewhat of a nuance for most teachers—they distract from valuable study and class time—some schools are embracing the social media site with welcoming arms. Not only are some schools incorporating Facebook into their lesson plans, but they are also tutoring students as young as 6-years-old on how to ''properly'' use the site.

Keeping The Door Of Learning Wide Open

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Just last week, Anthony Orsini, an Administrator in a New Jersey middle school, sent home a letter that strongly encouraged the parents to get their students out of all social media sites saying, "Let me repeat that - there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! A great friend of my, Tom Whitby , and I have traveled across the country talking to various groups about the use of Social Media in schools.

2010 Edublogs: What I said, and what I wanted to say.


Let me tell you about the Edublog Awards ceremony. It''s truly something else.

2010 Global Education Conference #globaled10 - Check It Out, and Looking for Help!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The online 2010 Global Education Conference kicks off on November 15th for 5 days. The hash tag # globaled10. :) Now you''re social-media ready! As co-chair of the conference, I''m both nervous and excited! The conference has garnered incredible support--we currently have over 90 partner organizations , 120 international educator advisors , 36 keynote speakers , and over 300 worldwide presentations --all around helping students and educators to connect globally.

The Importance of Building Connections

A Principal's Reflections

The news video aired on the evening of Friday March, 25 2010 and a corresponding article was published as well. Social media outlets like Twitter have enabled me to reach not only my community, but stakeholders in education around the country, state, and world. They heard about how we were utilizing this social networking tool and ran a story entitled " Students at a NJ School Learn to Tweet ". This led to a connection being formed with a major media outlet.

Following Through

A Principal's Reflections

During the meeting I challenged them to be active in the change process and provide ideas on how to make NMHS a better place academically and socially. In particular they emphasized the importance of accessibility to technology and the use of social media to improve communication in regards to school events, news, achievements etc.

Help Us Get To SXSW!

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I am very excited to be a part of a great group of educators who have an opportunity to present at South by SouthWest (SXSW) about using Social Media in Education.