I haven't got a ton of new content to share with you this morning because I spent the weekend grinding out content for a new book I'm writing on the role that social media tools can play in education.
What I do have, however, are—-I think—some pretty good handouts that you might find useful as you try to introduce people to the potential uses for social media tools in education. Here they are:
While using social media services to reach out to school communities was
still a relatively novel practice in the fall of 2010, several
buildings had already worked to create a presence in popular forums
like Twitter and Facebook.
One of the best ways to build confidence in
your own social media communication plan is to explore their efforts.
This handout can help you to track your reactions while exploring the
social media efforts of three different schools and/or principals.
One of the first steps that principals interested in incorporating
social media strategies into their communication and professional
development plans can take is to read as much as they can about the
role that new tools are playing in schools and businesses.
and resources included in this handout are good starting points for
initial studies about the changing nature of communication,
professional development and learning in a world dominated by social
Some of the best professional development opportunities for educators
take place as a result of interactions in social media spaces. These
interactions, however, rarely count towards requirements for license
renewal simply because they are not carefully documented.
using this form over the course of the next year to record the impact
that interactions in social media spaces are having on your own
It can be inherently difficult to believe that meaningful professional
development can actually occur in Twitter, a social media service that
limits messages to 140 characters.
To build confidence in the value of
joining the Twitterverse, consider monitoring the messages being posted
by any educator using Twitter for a few weeks and then completing this
Successfully developing a 21st Century PLN depends on
choosing a social media space that aligns with your personal learning
preferences, provides access to information that can improve your work,
and connects you to colleagues that you can learn from.
committing to any social media space, consider checking out a few of
the conversations occurring below and determining how likely they are
to be a good fit for you.
There are a few other resources—which I've shared before—posted here on my Digitally Speaking Wiki. Hope this stuff helps you somehow.