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  • STORIES – Chris Kennedy – what stories of education are being heard?Share, steal ideas, growShare stories of my journey into connected leadership Focus on the WHY we need to connect and collaborate with othersHow to do this.Saddest part about these past 2+ days… so many people will not see this work. SHARE
  • Currently principal of K-6 elemschol. Father of twin toddlers. Went to UVIC – B. Ed. Taught at Brookswood in Langley for 7 years – taught just like everyone else… until my masters at UBCStarted to realize power of networking, collab and reflection– cohort group, Started as VP at Kent in AgassizFurther networking through BCELC but mostly face to face/email, Principal in 2009 and that is where my journey with Social Media began.
  • DISCUSS Who is telling the stories? What are the stories being told?Focus for today – connect. Relationships, stories, learning.For me – thru master’s and BCELC, became a need to collaborate and challenge/be challeged
  • Feb 2009, met with KyeOnline marketing strategy for my wife’s businessIntro’d Twitter and FB PageI could see the Facebook Page but Twitter?
  • I created two ways to try to get information to parents and share great things happening at our school.Big risk – putting myself out there with FB page – perk of the small district I am in – autonomy to take risksFB was an immediate hit – but heavily moderated. No major issuesTwitter notsomuch but then started to connect with educators – reading blogs, etc
  • Invited to blog at Connected Principals – started to expand my network and become closer with other adminAsked to present online – presented on parent engagementMostly cross-postsConnectedprincipals.com and #cpchat – connections formed through CP have developed into friendships and people I confide in
  • I get to ‘see’ what is happening in schools across the globe. Ask questions and get so many views. All this is IN ADDITION to my school and district.GLOBAL connection also strengthens my local connections My network continues to grow but it is important to keep those key relationships close.
  • Edcamps, Conference experiences, keynotes,etc
  • Dive deeper into the important question of Why – will never do the how and the what without the whySocial beings, relationships. learning
  • Story to share the power of social media…How I was introduced to the story of Lilee.How the story has reached a community… and beyond using SM.Fundraisers, support
  • Releases song PrayPromoted through SMReaches #1 on iTunes ahead of Nickelback, Rhianna, etcChallenges Nickelback ---- Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children’s hospital
  • You have the power to create your own positive footprint. What does your footprint look like? Why is this important? Jobs for teachersStart small… twitter and a place to store/share your thoughts (posterous is an easy one)
  • Continue the conversations in your M.Ed Programs… and then include others.Connect beyond the world of education.
  • Too big to know
  • CONNECT – form relationships.Educators, parents, students… everyone.
  • How do good ideas grow? Coffee house of the present era.
  • Accessibility is far greater now
  • As you engage in this dialogue… you will see the transfer to different avenues of communication. Stronger more personal relationshipsGeorge, Cale, Brian, Darcy
  • Think about your work in your M.Ed program… do you want to see it impacting change beyond this weekend and beyond your class/schools?
  • 2011 Learning and networkingwith other educators has provided me with great ideas to share and propose to staffIdentity Day
  • Share stories that connect with peopleHuge shift in my teaching/leading– strength vs deficit thinkingDom’s teacher showed it to him – he commented.
  • Its not social media that is changing ed – it is the people.No longer are there pockets of isolated brilliance – this can now be shared. Ripple effectSpreading of ideas… and improving on them. Colliding hunches. Sharing and exploring the WHY of education reform – parents, teachers, students.Not about public vs private or schools competing with each other – share ideas and watch em grow
  • Lencioni – must be challenged to become betterInnovator’s DNA– Seek intellectual collisionsSome people are not so good with this – a learned skill.0:35
  • Also posts on my mom, dad, kids…Connect with people in a more personal way.Andrew – see commentsOzzy – connect with others who have gone through a similar stuggle
  • What is your social media strategy?Why are you sharing ideas?Is it all about YOUR ideas or conversation around ideas?Is it all about YOUR stories or the stories of others?
  • We are social beings – most (not all) want to connect
  • Sharing out story – providing ways for parents to “see” inside our school.Trust that it will be ok. Moving from culture of fear to a culture of trust. Modeling effective use of social mediaMeet people where they are.Newsletter – 10 good things – paper to blog to email, FB, Twitter
  • Story of @garriochRead parts of blog
  • Can be a lonely profession – social media can connect with people in the same building, community as well as throughout the world.
  • It is about finding quality connections rather than numbers… used hashtags to reach wider audience. Build your network over time.Can you have deeper learning via Twitter? No but the relationships built from then create more opps for these conv in different venues.EFFORT IN = REWARD OUT
  • Again – share your stories of your learning in the M.Ed program or at your school… create further dialogue.OR share what is happening in your classrooms. How will parent s understand that school is different if they never see in?Share the WHY.
  • Share the stories of your class/school.Let people “in”. How will parent s understand that school is deifferent if they never see in?
  • RELATIONSHIPSSTORIESGo beyond the world of education to lead change.

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  • 1. Learning With Social Media The Power of Relationships & Shared Stories Chris Wejr chriswejr.com @chriswejr Image: http://flic.kr/p/9UoXR
  • 2. About me
  • 3. Who is sharingthe stories? Image: http://flic.kr/p/5Fvjon
  • 4. Where doyour ideascome from?Could they be improved?Could others benefit from them? http://flic.kr/p/48gW5s
  • 5. My connected journey…
  • 6. I thought Twitter was all about this… Via @gcouros
  • 7. @MrWejr
  • 8. Learning from and with other leaders #cpchat http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgecouros/4953153594/
  • 9. A Growing Network...
  • 10. A Whole New Conference Experience @irishscott @cpleister @jdprickett
  • 11. social media:Why?
  • 12. The Story &inspiration of Lilee-Jean
  • 13. Who is creating your digital footprint
  • 14. Connect.Form Relationships. Learn.
  • 15. The smartest person in theSmartest is the room room… is the room itself. -- David Weinberger Image: http://bit.ly/NknUOt
  • 16. “We have alwaysoverestimated the value ofaccess to information andunderestimated the value ofaccess to each other.” Clay Shirky http://www.flickr.com/photos/42931449@N07/6088751332/
  • 17. Chance favours a connected mind “Where good ideas come from” Steven Johnson
  • 18. Connecting With Leading Minds
  • 19. Professional Connections Personal Relationships
  • 20. Share ideas. Share stories.Share moments.
  • 21. Stealing, buildingupon, sharing great ideas...
  • 22. Share stories. Share ideas.http://bit.ly/yr75bg
  • 23. Share Through Images
  • 24. Social Media Is Connected Educators AreChanging Education http://bit.ly/vZZeYp
  • 25. http://bit.ly/njyW5r
  • 26. If we want our students to take risks,connect, and collaborate…we need to model this. Image: http://flic.kr/p/MeF7p
  • 27. Share YourPersonal Side
  • 28. NY Times – May 17, 2012 http://nyti.ms/Q2Mepx
  • 29. Bring People Together.
  • 30. Support DuringTimes of Struggle
  • 31. Create an online School Community
  • 32. http://bit.ly/tfNTar
  • 33. Learning Networks Education will change from the ground up… teachers asprofessionals doing great work and sharing it via social media. -- Elisa Carlson #sd36learn
  • 34. #Kinderchat #EdcampKinder
  • 35. My challenge to you:Start Connecting
  • 36. StartHere
  • 37. Share/Connect on a Deeper Level
  • 38. Create a Class or School Facebook Page
  • 39. Find tools that work for you
  • 40. It’s not about how you find the time… but how you prioritize your time.Image:http://flic.kr/p/4tNrxq
  • 41. Find Your Balance
  • 42. Via @courosa http://bit.ly/PlkUSS
  • 43. Harness the Power of aGlobal Personal Learning Network Become a connected learner. Become a connected leader. Share the stories.
  • 44. Acknowledgments: George Couros Lyn Hilt Alec Couros Brian Kuhn Chris Kennedy
  • 45. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr Facebook.com/chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com