7 Must-Read Resources on Social Media for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

There are obviously quite a few social media resources available to school leaders on the Web, but finding high-quality information can be difficult. As the title suggests, it focuses on providing school leaders with the "know-how" of using social media as a communications tool.

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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I am not an expert, I simply love what I do.

Kleinspiration

just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. He''s writing a series of posts on his blog about how social media supports education for different people. The slide above is another demonstration of the power of a personal learning network.

Identity play

Learning with 'e's

This is the second post in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal books about learning and technology. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you.

What Twitter Shortcomings?

My Island View

I was somewhat disturbed about a recent post by a friend and connected colleague concerning the state of Twitter and its use by some individuals in what is now fast becoming the education social media culture. I personally do not consider Twitter as a form of Professional Development, but rather a bulletin board that directs folks to the places that they can get personalized professional development. Social Media has changed that for educators.

#EDENchat Up close and personal

Learning with 'e's

I have written a lot about Personal Learning Environments in the past, especially when they were emerging as a concept, and sounded quite new. People tend rarely to refer to them now. What is your experience of using PLEs in your own learning?

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Separation and connection

Learning with 'e's

We are witnessing a time where a mobile world wide web of connections is proliferating, and in which social mores, human relationships and communication conventions have been irrevocably changed. This approach to network theory is still refreshing, almost a decade after it was written.

Living in the Cloud

Reading By Example

Social media is unlike any other community, if you want to call it that. The most common reason seems to be for personal beliefs, often conflated by a political party. Basically, I have observed people leave a social media in one of two ways.

Get it together

Learning with 'e's

What can we learn from digital curation of content? I wrote about this new model question recently, and critiqued it in the context of emergent forms of digital learning. But all discussions need a reference point, a starting place from where the arguments can proceed.

Has “Twitter” Changed or Has Our View?

The Principal of Change

(This is more about me reflecting to learn, as opposed to sharing my learning so please excuse the length of the post. What I am offering is not a post on how you should use Twitter, but just some of my own personal thoughts and experiences.

#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

With the evolution of social media yet another responsibility was added to my plate in the form of digital leadership. If improvement is the ultimate goal, then we as leaders need to put the most focus on elements of our job that impact student 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.

Uncommon Learning

A Principal's Reflections

It is not that our students are actually learning differently per se, but the environment in which they are learning is dramatically different. Uncommon learning refers to initiatives and pedagogical techniques that are not present in scale in a typical school or district.

Small Changes, Huge Results

A Principal's Reflections

Yes, I was the Principal at that time, but my perspective and philosophy as to what constituted a 21st Century learning environment was vastly different than what it is today. I was also adamant that social media had no place in an educational setting, but most of you who read this blog know about my radical change of mind in regards to this. technology, including social media. We also had to trust they would use their mobile learning devices (i.e.

Crowdsourcing Curating Networks: It Has to Be Meta

ProfHacker

In a future phase of keywords for this book, we (Maha and Mia) will be curating the keyword Networks. We are inviting others from our networks to help us make sure we have covered the most important aspects of networks, and the most important references and models out there.

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Thinking in networks

Learning with 'e's

Build your network and always think in networks. In fact it did so several years ago, even before the introduction of social media, through the use of e-mail and bulletin board services (remember them?). It would be a mistake to think of networks simply as connections.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

10 tips for avoiding technology overwhelm

The Cornerstone Blog

There’s one complaint about technology that I hear from almost every single person I talk to: it’s just plain overwhelming. There’s too much to learn. Stop telling yourself you need to learn to be proficient in all technology and know the latest about every type of tool out there.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

MindShift

Along with Google search, Wikipedia has become the first point of reference for most of us. At least, it does in the social space. In formal centers of learning, old habits die hard. The tension between open, social learning and the formal, enclosed variety is becoming untenable.

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

MindShift

Along with Google search, Wikipedia has become the first point of reference for most of us. At least, it does in the social space. In formal centers of learning, old habits die hard. The tension between open, social learning and the formal, enclosed variety is becoming untenable.

Learning pathways

Learning with 'e's

The institutional learning platform - the VLE - is a classic case of decisions made about learning without consulting the learner. How can we reach a place in education where students find their own level and make their own pathways through learning?

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Twitter: The Art of the Follow

The Daring Librarian

I use Twitter as a professional personal learning network builder - not as just a social outlet.though I''m thrilled to say some of my PLN have become my personal friends.so I''d really like to see that the person is a real person!