This is the PowerPoint from my February 11, 2014 METC14 conference presentation. It focused on Social Media tools to help administrators and teachers streamline their communication, PD, and organization.
The Grass is Greener on This Side of the Social Media Fence! METC14
Welcome to METC14…
From…Francis Howell Middle School
The Grass is Greener
on this side of the Social Media Fence
METC Conference February 11, 2014
St. Charles Convention Center
Dr. Ted Huff, Principal
Francis Howell Middle School
How it all began… is…
Francis Howell Middle
Snow Storm of December 25, 2012
Francis Howell High School travels to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl!
1:30am band is stranded in Northeast Arkansas (South of Corning).
What do we do? They won’t answer our texts???
The arrival of my Twitter Account
You’ll notice the typo “Hiff” instead of “Huff”. I wasn’t wearing my glasses, It was hard
typing on my iPhone…so I am now @TedHiff
Then following METC13, I began blogging
(TheodoreHuff.blogspot.com), Learned about
PLNs, #moedchat, TweetDeck, Tweetchat, and the list goes on…
Feb, 2013 – Feb, 2014
Just over a year ago I joined the world of Social Media.
Now one year later my professional career and
perspective relating to Technology, Social Media, and
Networking has been “transformed.
Communication, Organization, Personal Learning, and
my Expectations all look much differently (just ask my
The transfer of information is much more efficient.
So what I am sharing with you today would not have
been possible over a year ago.
I am now able to engage a larger “core group” and
audience in a much more efficient and timely manner.
So everything I am sharing with you today would not
have been possible one year ago today.
Words from Ted’s Gami
By the end of the Breakout Session educational leaders will…
Become familiar with multiple Social Media tools that can enhance your
organization and time management,
Have multiples avenues to pursue communication with stakeholders,
Understand how to redesign PD and faculty meetings,
Be ale to be systematic in moving forward with change or further
implementation of 21c technology tools.
Take the Leap…
• Educational leaders must take the next
steps in accessing the multitude of Social
• Meeting the needs of your stakeholders
will be necessary as you move forward in
• We must model for our peers, community,
Francis Howell Middle is…
The “power” of Twitter
Twitter Impact 2.0
• A few testaments of Twitter’s impact…
Mystery Skype getting ready to launch at FHMS
Parent Twitter Chat now embedded into our culture
Awareness of the Chinese Bridge Program (to start/strengthen understanding of China)
Professional Development: Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal), Carrie Jackson
Google Hangouts (GHO)
A Daily expanding PLN
Streamlining my email
Organizing an effective Twitter protocol
Professional: @Ted Hiff
TweetCaster for iPad
Blogging can streamline your work
• August 8, 2012: “Blogging, are you kidding me?” - Ted Huff
It takes an epiphany…
Plan out the times you want to blog.
@Jackson_Carrie explains that you need to have
a specific time each week set aside to blog. Be
Decide on the focus or theme of your blogs.
Audience: School, Community, or your PLN.
Reaching a larger audience with a single blog.
We must model this for our
“There can no longer be an “opt out” clause when dealing with
technology in our schools, especially from our
administrators. We need to prepare our kids to live in this
world now and in the future. Change may feel hard, but it
is part of learning. We expect it from our kids, we need to
expect it from ourselves.”
Division Principal for Parkland School Division and an
Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant.
Twitter & Parents
Parent Twitter Chat: #FHMchat
Introduced: October 7, 2013
This will create another powerful way to stay connected with your parents
Twitter/Social Media Training Events (2x - 3x per year)
Twitter Chat Topics:
Introduction to Social Media
Using Social Media to Enhance Academics
Why Character Education?
College and Career Readiness for Middle School Students
Leader In Me
The transition from Elementary School to Middle School
Flipped PD & Faculty Meetings
Flipping PD, staff meetings, and faculty meetings
Preparing For August „13 Teacher Meetings
....My VideosAugust Teacher Meetings 13 Final.mp4
Faculty Wed PD
....My VideosSIP Development Sept 4.mp4
January „14 Staff Meetings (due to snow day)
....My VideosJanuary 2 2014 Building Level
– Ink2Go http://Ink@Go.org
Shift to embed technology education and training into the
Technology PD built in to the school day.
Once a month (3rd Friday):
PLNs & “How to” Chat
SkyDrive and student email
Held during teacher lunch periods.
Follow-Up PD provided.
– Using an Avatar, or your “Gami” to present your message
Specific group texts
One way communication
• Allows for sidebar communication
• Q&A to occur concurrently with presentation
• Often real time answers
Archiving simplifies the search
• As educators we often need to find or locate
documents, information, or artifacts. When do we need
Archiving allows me to quickly access research, articles or documents in a more
Two tools that make this task easier:
– Pocket: a quick way to save articles or information that you find on Twitter for later u se.
– Storify: Allows me to archive specific chats for easy access at a later date.
Eric Sheninger, Principal, New
Milford High School. NASSP Webinar
It is more than just a search engine
• Google Hangouts- Allows for face to face
meeting, PD, training, and conferencing.
• Google+ - This networking tool allows you to
post, share, and transfer information to your