The Networked Administrator: Leading and Learning with Social Media

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"Sometimes who you know is as important as what you know. Having a wide range of professional connections not only broadens your reach, it can actually help you learn, grow, and become more efficient. This session explores the role of the networked administrator, who, as the school's lead learner, recognizes the value and use of social media to develop professional connections, build relationships and capacity, help create organizational efficiency, and bring innovative learning experiences to students and staff.

This session is designed for administrators, teachers, educators... anyone interested in learning more about the power of connected leading and learning! "

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  • and then i got my first teaching job, and i was alone.\nmentor teacher not interested. only 6th grade teacher in the building, to make matters worse we were under construction so i was in a trailer separate from the building\nno one to talk to, go to, principal of 3 bldgs was MIA most of the time -here’s a stack of textbooks, go for it\nso that was the year i got my first taste of two things: i didn’t like learning in isolation. but i did like autonomy. \n
  • 3 years into my career, grade 6s moved to a middle school\nnow we were in a team setting; regular meetings, collaboration, camaraderie, \ntruly, together was better. really enjoyed my times in the middle school\nalso having the chance to collaborate with other teachers in the elementary technology position i held my last year in the classroom\n
  • And then... a first-year administrator. No one prepares you for how incredibly isolating this is. If I thought I had it bad before... now I was on my own, and basically unprepared for the realities of this position. Terrifying.\n“The principalship is the kind of job where you’re expected to be all things to all people.” (Fullan, 2001)\nThere’s a sense that you don’t want to ask anyone for help for fear of exposing your weaknesses or appearing unknowledgeable about your role. You may or may not have a mentor, but central office staff are just as busy as you are. Need to find ways to connect and energize us and benefit our practice. We need to strengthen our ties to one another and take action. The connections are essential. How can we do this? Social media can help us. \n
  • So why should we connect and look for ways to get our organizations and those within it sharing?\n
  • Facebook photos, family websites, sharing others tagged photos- Will R. daughter tagging story, Lindsay story\nOur kids are connected and social learners. A lot of times we’re asking them to disconnect when they come to school. They’re creating outside of school b/c they’re not allowed to do it inside.\n
  • Facebook photos, family websites, sharing others tagged photos- Will R. daughter tagging story, Lindsay story\nOur kids are connected and social learners. A lot of times we’re asking them to disconnect when they come to school. They’re creating outside of school b/c they’re not allowed to do it inside.\n
  • Our students are building digital footprints and we have to help make sure they’re positive. It’s happening NOW. Stop worrying about 5-10 yrs from now. We need to help our kids NOW. \nHow many of you have Googled yourself? You want to make sure what’s coming up on that search is what you want to define you. We have to model this.\n\n
  • Our students are building digital footprints and we have to help make sure they’re positive. It’s happening NOW. Stop worrying about 5-10 yrs from now. We need to help our kids NOW. \nHow many of you have Googled yourself? You want to make sure what’s coming up on that search is what you want to define you. We have to model this.\n\n
  • Our students are building digital footprints and we have to help make sure they’re positive. It’s happening NOW. Stop worrying about 5-10 yrs from now. We need to help our kids NOW. \nHow many of you have Googled yourself? You want to make sure what’s coming up on that search is what you want to define you. We have to model this.\n\n
  • Scott McLeod - Iowa State - Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), - focused on supporting technology needs of school administrators \nIt’s no longer an option for us. We need to take the lead. No one is saying you need to be an expert in tools. You need to create a culture that embraces risk-taking, new opportunities, provide autonomy for teachers and students, collaborate with others to solve problems, and model how you’re continuing to learn and try new things. \n
  • Consider your own school. Do your students’ learning experiences fall more in the “education” or the “everyday?”\nWe need to be transforming our practices to be the everyday, just part of what we do. \n
  • the unknown is scary, but we need to lead the way in modeling lead learning for our schools. show them you’re not afraid to create and try new things, and share your ideas. \n
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  • PLN - it’s basically a group of people that support you, you connect with them for ideas and feedback. And you share ideas and constantly learn from one another. \nThink of your “go-to” people. Now add 200 people, each with their own access to resources and varied experiences. That’s what a PLN can do for you. \n
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  • So this is what a new “room” might look like. Examine the influences. \n
  • But when you start to branch out and connecting with others, you will be amazed at the relationships that form. You begin to know the educators as friends and personally. Virtual does not mean impersonal. New learning opportunities will arise. \n
  • http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/blog/2011/09/12/social-learning-doesnt-mean-what-you-think-it-does/\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • - The Smart Worker : recognises that she learns continuously as she does her job\n The Smart Worker wants immediate access to solutions to his performance problems\n3 – The Smart Worker is happy to share what she knows\n4 – The Smart Worker relies on a trusted network of friends and colleagues\n5 – The Smart Worker learns best with and from others\n6 – The Smart Worker keeps up to date with what is happening in his profession and industry\n7  -The Smart Worker: constantly strives to improve her productivity\n8 – The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy\n\n\n
  • So why aren’t educators always willing to share? Island classrooms... this is “my” unit... Dean: “Why would we hoard good teaching and learning?” Something very unethical about that. 3rd grade curriculum discussion and what Bev said \n
  • So why aren’t educators always willing to share? Island classrooms... this is “my” unit... Dean: “Why would we hoard good teaching and learning?” Something very unethical about that. 3rd grade curriculum discussion and what Bev said \n
  • So why aren’t educators always willing to share? Island classrooms... this is “my” unit... Dean: “Why would we hoard good teaching and learning?” Something very unethical about that. 3rd grade curriculum discussion and what Bev said \n
  • The reason I’m here today is because in the groups of admin I’ve encountered in my local area, the concept of connected learning thorugh social media is a foreign concept to them. Consider our incredible influence. The tools have changed, and that’s one thing. But our learners have changed. We owe it to them to do better. We can influence curriculum design, our teachers’ practices, tech purchases, professional development opportunties... \n\n\n\n
  • We need to model the collected learning method is powerful for so many reasons, not the least of which we want our teachers to assume this role in the classroom. Our kids deserve better than someone standing and delivering info to them. Regurgitation nation. We want true discussions and learning going on.\n
  • Initial trepidations: \n-I dont have the time\n-No one wants to hear what I have to say \n-What if someone I work with reads this!? \n
  • Transparency is key. And it’s one of the hardest things to embrace.\nNetGen conference at IU13 two summers ago. Will Richardson. \nThis doesn't happen without openness and sharing.\nIt doesn't happen without leadership and vision.\n
  • This is how I see my role, and a role I’d like my teachers to assume. I know I can’t be everything to everyone. But I know I can work to create spaces for learning. \nAnd why do we want to do this? \n
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  • My personal journey.\nTwitter since Pete&C --> edchat two years ago-->blogging -->commenting --> Connected Principals -->presenting and sharing\n
  • Modeling for my teachers \nstarted simply- daily update emails; moved to the wiki where we house everything- think about simple communications ; amped up communication with parents \nETC this year \n
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  • so many tools, make it meaningful for learning\n
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  • 1. the networked administrator leading & learning with social media
  • 2. isolation?
  • 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitzi/230188091/sizes/l/in/photostream/together
  • 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitzi/230188091/sizes/l/in/photostream/together is better.
  • 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/33224129@N00/3371279619/sizes/l/in/photostream/ If effective principals energize teachers in complex times, what is going to energize principals? Michael Fullan The New Meaning of Educational Change (2001)
  • 6. should I?http://www.flickr.com/photos/nagatta/4861728433/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 7. should I?whyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/nagatta/4861728433/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 8. Source: http://mashable.com/2010/10/07/toddlers-online-presence/
  • 9. 92% Source: http://mashable.com/2010/10/07/toddlers-online-presence/
  • 10. 92%of U.S. toddlers havean online presence bythe age of 2 Source: http://mashable.com/2010/10/07/toddlers-online-presence/
  • 11. http://gizmodo.com/%23!5036418/led-floor-captures-digital-footprints
  • 12. a responsibility: http://gizmodo.com/%23!5036418/led-floor-captures-digital-footprints
  • 13. digital footprinta responsibility: http://gizmodo.com/%23!5036418/led-floor-captures-digital-footprints
  • 14. build it...model it...share it digital footprinta responsibility: http://gizmodo.com/%23!5036418/led-floor-captures-digital-footprints
  • 15. Scott McLeodIf we were really serious about educational technologyDangerously Irrelevant
  • 16. via Will Richardson
  • 17. This begs me to ask,Can we, as leaders, accept that we donot know enough about the needs ofthe children in front of us, and thereforefail to prepare our teachers andstudents for their futures?
  • 18. This begs me to ask, Is this acceptable?Can we, as leaders, accept that we donot know enough about the needs ofthe children in front of us, and thereforefail to prepare our teachers andstudents for their futures?
  • 19. This begs me to ask, Is this acceptable?Can we, as leaders, accept that we donot know enough about the needs ofthe children in front of us, and thereforefail to prepare our teachers andstudents for their futures? (by failing to prepare ourselves?)
  • 20. Image: Justin Tarte
  • 21. build
  • 22. buildrelationships.
  • 23. Image: Alec CourosSource: http://nwinton.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/the-year-of-the-diagram/
  • 24. PrincipalImage: Alec CourosSource: http://nwinton.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/the-year-of-the-diagram/
  • 25. connections relationships opportunitieshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeleeorg/1474215318/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 26. social learning doesn’t meanwhat you think it does
  • 27. continuous learner
  • 28. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutions
  • 29. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutionshappy to share
  • 30. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutionshappy to sharerelies on trusted network
  • 31. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutionshappy to sharerelies on trusted networklearns best with/from others
  • 32. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutionshappy to sharerelies on trusted networklearns best with/from othersstays current
  • 33. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutionshappy to sharerelies on trusted networklearns best with/from othersstays currentstrives to improve productivity
  • 34. continuous learnerwants immediate access to solutionshappy to sharerelies on trusted networklearns best with/from othersstays currentstrives to improve productivitythrives on autonomy
  • 35. http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/2773208127/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 36. Kids are eager tohttp://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/2773208127/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 37. Kids are eager to share.http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/2773208127/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 38. Kids are eager to share. (Why aren’t we?)http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/2773208127/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 39. http://www.flickr.com/photos/niklaswikstrom/5214708665/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 40. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2609/3867578091_40c0f0ded6.jpg
  • 41. "If you generally think of the Internet as a place to look up stuff youre missing the best part.”http://dotsub.com/view/027a4da1-8be2-4ea7-85e9-2e3be140db1ahttp://ideasandthoughts.org/2008/11/04/connecting-the-world/ "Because everyone embraces a culture of sharing, I benefit.” “The benefits of one idea or comment can be golden to someone.” -Dean Shareski
  • 42. be transparent.
  • 43. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/3731283554/sizes/o/in/photostream/“A curator is an expert learner. Instead of dispensingknowledge, he creates spaces in which knowledgecan be created, explored, and connected.” -George Siemens
  • 44. why social media?
  • 45. why social media?free
  • 46. why social media?free connected
  • 47. why social media? free connectedreflective
  • 48. why social media? free connectedreflective available
  • 49. modeling.
  • 50. teachers as learners first
  • 51. engaging learners... (It’s not about the tools.) Image credit: Royan Lee
  • 52. create. http://littlebirdtales.com/tales/view/story_id/1727/
  • 53. collaborate.
  • 54. communicate.
  • 55. communicate.
  • 56. think critically.
  • 57. changing lives.
  • 58. ContactTwitter @l_hiltSkype l_hilthttp://lynhilt.comlynhilt@gmail.com
  • 59. acknowledgementsFor Sharing Ideas For Sharing Images Don’t be afraid of changeAlec Couros Flickr Digital footprintsGeorge Couros sky_mitch Child with cell phoneBill Ferriter clappstar It’s the roomMichael Fullan AelleDean Shareski bennylin0724 Articles/Resources N07Patrick Larkin referenced found here: plugusinRoyan Lee bitzi http://Scott McLeod niklaswikstrom leadandlearn.wikispaces.cSheryl Nussbaum-Beach mikeleeorg om/NetworkedMarc Prensky annais +AdministratorJason Ramsden kirklauEric Sheninger nagattaGeorge Siemens psdJosh Stumpenhorst alwaysbreaking sparktographyJustin Tarte RsinnerWill RIchardson zephranyce tanakawho jwas Other Images Shared