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. Quite simply, social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have improved my effectiveness and efficiency as an educational leader. As I learned from my students, many more people use the social media tool, Facebook, than use Twitter. Principals can also use social networking tools for professional growth and development.

Communicating and Connecting With Social Media (An Excerpt)

A Principal's Reflections

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.


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Culling Your Social Media Past


One of the challenges, however, is that much of my social media is pretty wide open and easily accessible through a google search of my uncommon name. And partly because of the potential for online abuse, or at least parasocial behavior, and partly because of the change in search capabilities, the kinds of conversations I had openly on Twitter in 2011 or 2012 are often the kinds of conversations that I would have on Slack or in private messages in 2016 and 2017.

Social media for teachers

The Innovative Educator

Illustrated by Peter Grundy From Scholastic Instructor SOURCES: Social media PD: Project Tomorrow, “Speak Up 2011.” social media social media in education Twitter: Semiocast. YouTube: NielsenWire, “August 2012, Top U.S. Online Video Sites.” Facebook: Yahoo! Finance, “Number of Active Users at Facebook over the Years.” Pinterest:, “Pinterest Stats”;, “The Astounding Power of Pinterest.”.

Your Social Media Guidelines in One Sentence

The Principal of Change

Social media is becoming the norm as opposed to the exception in many schools. Yet the more policies and guidelines we have, the more we deter people from using social media. To me, your social media guidelines can be summed up in one sentence. No personal versus professional, just understanding that the context of social media and that anything online would be considered a public space.

The Worst Approach to Teaching Students About Social Media

The Principal of Change

Years ago, I had a real turning point in my thinking regarding social media use with students while listening to a group of students share some stories with me. It was an eye-opening conversation, which also reminded me about the importance of having conversations with students regarding social media, not simply telling them what they can and can’t do. This is what is so hard about social media in education.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media


The theme of the session is Social Media & PLNs , so I prepared a Prezi (my first ever; please take this into account if you peruse it below!) Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media on Prezi. pln social media tcea On October 13th I''m helping facilitate a breakout session at the TCEA Fall TECSIG meeting.

Common Sense Social Media Policies in Schools: Working with It Instead of Banning It

The 21st Century Principal

Since the state of Missouri passed a law banning teacher use of online social media communications with students, states and districts across the country are stepping up their examinations of social media and its place in schools. Social media in general, and Facebook in particular has become the tool of the boogeyman and predator to lure children to do things they wouldn''t do otherwise. Social media isn''t the problem.

Back To School-Leadership In 2011

The Web20Classroom

Since that time so much has gone on in the world of Social Media in Education, I decided it needed some updating. There is also a wonderful hashtag, #cpchat, that many social media using administrators use. (Oh, Lastly, check out my most recent post from Leadership Day 2011. Leadership Social Media I orginially wrote this post back in 2009.

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Twitter Isn't Another Announcement System: It's SOCIAL MEDIA!

The 21st Century Principal

When I talk with other educators and administrators, I still encounter quite a bit of skepticism about the educational and professional potential of this social media device. Such uses leave the “social” out and turns Twitter into just a medium for communication. Which is fine if that is your intention, but I am no longer sure you are engaging in social media use. They are not engaging is a social use of Twitter.

What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

For the administrator who would like a general, not-too-technical overview of digital technology and social media, the book What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media , edited by Scott McLeod and Chris Lehmann is the answer. What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media is an excellent, easy-to-read resource for every administrator and teacher-leader’s library.

My 2011 Edublog Award Nominations

The Web20Classroom

The stories she shares about her learning and the learning her kids do in her media center help affirm that there is goodness out there in education. The fact that the folks that organize this every year do it through just the use of social media is astounding. It''s that time of year again, when bloggers from around the globe submit the best of the best in the education world from the previous year for the Edublog Awards. This is always a tough spot for me.

Social Media Is Here to Stay: Get Out of the Way or Become Roadkill!!

The 21st Century Principal

They are banning the use of social media as a means to communicate with students and parents. Instead of passing bans on connections between students and teachers on Facebook, and employing filtering software to block social media sites, the US K-12 public education system needs make a giant step in the 21st century and embrace social media tools as just one of the natural ways people communicate today. Social media is here to stay.

Learning from Verizon's Experience: 5 Lessons for School Leaders About Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

Verizon’s decision to not charge customers a $2 convenience fee is a lesson about power of social media, for all of us, including 21st century school leaders.(See When Verizon decided to announce a $2 fee, they ran right into thousands of consumers yelling loudly through the power of social media. That is probably a textbook answer and response to a crowd empowered by social media. Well, those using social media don''t like spin.

ISTE Social Media& Web Resources

The Daring Librarian

I curated the info from various ISTE publications, the main ISTE webpage, and used my own graphics wherever possible so that the new ISTE board members would have everything ISTE Social Media on one wikipage. ISTE Social Networks: The ISTE Community Ning is a year round social network for ISTE Members, affiliated organizations and groups, and educational leaders and the ISTE11 Ning is the place to go for up to date information & networking around this year''s annual conference!

Social Media Ed, Sex Ed, & Digital Responsibility

The Daring Librarian

This Sunday the amazing Kathy Kaldenberg or as I follow her on Twitter@scsdmedia posted several excellent articles on social media. digital citizenship facebook Kathy Kaldenberg scsdmedia social media twitter viki davis

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 ! AASL’s Social Media Superstars program honors school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration using a variety of social media channels.

The Questions I Ask

A Principal's Reflections

link] During the second day of the conference I presented on Communicating and Connecting With Social Media with my co-authors Bill Ferriter and Jason Ramsden. Throughout the 45 minute presentation we shared proven strategies to harness the power inherent within social media tools to enhance communications, establish the foundation for a positive public relations platform, connect with other educators to learn, and create policies to ensure effective use.

Positive Impact

A Principal's Reflections

I used this opportunity to discuss the positive impact that social media has had on the culture of my school and professional growth as a school leader. Here are 6 ways I am using social media in education to improve teaching, learning, and leading: Communication. Is social media having a positive impact on your work as an educator? 140edu Opinion Social Media Twitter Earlier this month I was fortunate to speak at #140edu in New York City.

To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media


Since 2011 Banned Books Week has included a day to recognize banned websites. This year, on September 27, 2017, the American Association of School Librarians made a point to encourage their members to raise awareness about “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”. Social media is already a part of their frameworks as teens.

ASHA 2011 Wrap-up


During the session I mentioned the several presentations that discussed the importance of self-talk for our students- self-talk was highlighted both Sara Ward in her amazing executive function short course and the terrific panel of presenters on language intervention in science and social studies (which I talk about today over on the ADVANCE Speech in the Schools Blog ). at the Social Adventures booth- the shirt says "I need my space," LOL.

Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011. I think the bigger story here is the fact that social networking in the classroom really took off. Through the use of Twitter, Facebook and other sites, educators are starting to see the power of social media to extend learning beyond the classroom. So if Ning is gone where can you turn to introduce social networking to your students? My reflections on 2010, and my thoughts on 2011.

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Turning the Tide

A Principal's Reflections

With a change in mindset and a great deal of support, I have been able to successfully empower my staff to integrate a variety of digital tools, including social media, to engage learners. The other day USA Today writer Greg Toppo highlighted some of the advances we have made in his article entitled "Social Media Find Place in Classroom." Stupid media like USA To-shmay buying into it, of course. Change Social Media Technology Integration


A Principal's Reflections

Social media has allowed me to share my staffs'' continuous development of innovative learning activities to a diverse audience of stakeholders in my community and well beyond. New Milford High School Social Media Stakeholders I routinely blog throughout the school year about my staff and the great work they are doing to create learning environments that are engaging, rigorous, and student-centered.

Making Progress

A Principal's Reflections

At the same time, school boards and administrators are exploring how they can use technology, the web and social media to engage both students and their communities. In addition to discussing the technology that students are using in his school, Sheninger will talk about how he uses social media as a community engagement tool. 21st Century Teaching educational technology NJSBA Social Media

Time Well Spent

A Principal's Reflections

A slightly altered version of this post entitled " The Social Media Time Debate " can be found at the Huffington Post There has been a great deal of discussion lately as to the necessity of Administrators utilizing social media as a part of their professional practice. With all of the positives that I feel are associated with social media, and no matter how I utilize various mediums in a professional manner, there seems to always be a large number of skeptics.

MA folks- My one-day workshop on Social Media and Personal Learning Networks


The day will also include a component on using social media tools with students at varying levels. This workshop will help you develop your Personal Learning Network (PLN) through social web tools that will open up a world of educational ideas to you and your colleagues. The workshop will provide modeling of tools such as Google Reader for review of Edublogs, Twitter and Google+, social bookmarking with Diigo, and other tools, along with guided practice in each tool.

Making Connections

The Web20Classroom

Social media has made it so much easier to connect with others. Many people can attest to the life-long friendships formed because of connections made through social media (be it Twitter, Facebook, Nings, etc). The point is social networking is less about networking and more about social. Social Media Take a look at this short video. So I saw this video on Twitter yesterday (thanks to Alec Couros and Steve Ransom ). It really spoke to me.

My Edublog Awards Nominations for 2011


The Edublog Awards were started about 7 years ago to counteract the trend of blocking social media in school districts and celebrate the educational power of these resources. Obviously social media has been transformative for me and my practice and I wanted to participate for that reason again this year. It''s that time already.

Blog Awareness Month: Support SLPs Shortlisted in 2011 Edublog Awards!


The shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Edublog Awards was announced this weekend. Though I was a little bummed a few deserving nominees didn''t make it in, it was excellent that the event actually acknowledged SLPs as a standout and active group in the effort that defines the whole purpose of the awards- to acknowledge educators who are sharing through social media and help educators find and follow this content.

2011 MACUL Conference Selections

The Electric Educator

This year I need to cut out a little bit early on Friday to help my students submit the final section of our 2011 yearbook. If you''re attending, perhaps I''ll see you in the Social Media Cafe. This week marks the 35th annual conference of the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning ( MACUL ). I''ve been in attendance since my junior year of college at the invitation of my college Ed. professor, Rubin Rubio, a MACUL board member.

Tracy's Nominations for the 2011 Edublogs Awards


Thank you Edublogs for providing this opportunity to acknowledge amazing educators around the globe, and for raising the awareness of the awesome impact social media and web 2.0 This blog gets my vote for best new blog of 2011. Best educational use of a social network & Wiki: #elemchat I absolutely love the discussions and professional development through the #elemchat on Twitter. I love awards because it''s a chance to recognize and share those who rock my world.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. Social media will allow connections between the classroom and personal lives. digital content tcea tcea 2011 Texas Texas legislature Texas State Board of Education The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could. For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle.

Tools for conviviality? Illich and social media

Learning with 'e's

Ivan Illich hoped for a time when the transmission model of education, or ''funnels'', would be replaced by ''educational webs'' - his notion of what we now recognise as social networks. I wrote a post about the contrast between educational funnels and webs in 2011. What would Illich have made of the social web? 10) Social media, especially those that enable users to create and share content, fall into the category of tools that are worked by us.

Twitter Series-What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Twitter

The Web20Classroom

Twitter is social media and social networking. Social. The beauty of social networking and social media is that it levels the playing field. This is the second in a series I am doing all about Twitter. You can read the first post here , where I discuss the need to change the way we teach about Twitter. Today, lets go back to the beginning and look at what we wish we had known.