Leading a Digital School 2012: Walking the Walk- Communication tools for leaders

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  • Research tells us that one of the most powerful things a leader can do to ensure the effective implementation of ICT in a school is to visibly model their own use of ICT. Leaders can be challenged by the fact that professional development is often focused on the needs of classroom teachers. It can be difficult for leaders to find authentic opportunities to utilise what they have learned in their own day to day practice. \nThis hands-on workshop looks at practical ways leaders can use a variety of online tools to communicate with teachers, students and the school community. We will be utilising a number of free Web 2.0 tools that can be used across platforms. You will get the most out of this session if you bring along a device with which you can connect to the internet.\n
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  • What are the barriers to communicating digitally in your school?\nNetwork\nDevices\nSchool policy\nSystem policy\nMy skills\nMy philosophy\nLeaders in the 21c can no longer ignore…\n
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  • Advantages/disadvantages of digital communication staff\n
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  • One tip for engaging staff\n
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  • Is facebook a friend or foe to leaders?\n
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  • 6 links – get into groups\n\nTools just used – positives and negatives\n
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  • Leading a Digital School 2012: Walking the Walk- Communication tools for leaders

    1. 1. Walking the Walk: Using ICT to Communicate at a Leadership LevelLouise Cimetta, Catholic Education Office of WA
    2. 2. Communicating with ICTPURPOSE AUDIENCE TRANSMISSION OTHER• To inform • staff • One to one • Content• To consult • Students • One to • Device• To • Parents many • Deliverycollaborate • Other • Many to leaders many • Community
    3. 3. EdmodoLink: http://edmodo.comPurpose: to share and collect informationAudience: staff, parents, students, otherleadersDevices: Web based, works on iPad (app)Sharing: Class codeWhat is it?: Edmodo is a collaborative space where resources can be sharedIdeas for use: Use an edmodo class to share resources around a focus area
    4. 4. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Go to www.edmodo.com and login/join up.On the left hand side of the page, click ‘join’Class code: rhotao
    5. 5. AnswerGardenLink: http://answergarden.chPurpose: to gather data, to consult, tocollaborateAudience: staff, parents, students, otherleaders, communityDevices: Web based, works on iPadSharing: link, QR generatorWhat is it?: AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool that can be used forcollaborative online brainstorming. Participants have twenty characters toanswer your question.Ideas for use: Gather information to inform a decision, gather feedback on anevent, brainstorm learning from a professional reading
    6. 6. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Go to the AnswerGarden link I have listed on our Edmodo page andanswer the question: What tools are being used in your school to communicate digitally?Type your first answer and then click on ‘submit’ or press enter.Keep adding answers until you have represented all of the tools at yourschool.
    7. 7. ObSurveyLink: http://obsurvey.comPurpose: to gather data, to consult, tocollect feedbackAudience: staff, parents, students, otherleaders, communityDevices: Web based, works on iPadSharing: linkWhat is it?: ObSurvey is a free, online survey tool which collects informationfrom participants and presents it in an attractive, easy to read format.Ideas for use: Collect data to inform an event, gather feedback on an event,measure progress towards a goal.
    8. 8. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Click on the ObSurvey link on our Edmodopage and complete the survey.Once everyone has completed the survey wewill look at the automatically generated reporttogether.
    9. 9. StintoLink: http://stinto.netPurpose: to brainstorm, to collaborate, tofeedback (back channel)Audience: small groups of staff, parents,students, other leadersDevices: Web based, works on iPadSharing: linkWhat is it?: Stinto is an on the fly collaborative chat spaceIdeas for use: Discuss an idea, project, process…
    10. 10. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Create a stinto chat with others at yourtable.Your topic is: What are the advantages anddisadvantages of digital communication?
    11. 11. WallWisherLink: http://wallwisher.comPurpose: to brainstorm, to collaborate, toplan…Audience: small groups of staff, parents,students, other leadersDevices: Web based, works on iPadSharing: linkWhat is it?: Wallwisher is a virtual pinboard you can collaboratively add stickynotes to. Sticky notes can contain text and links to images, video and audio.Ideas for use: Develop an idea, project, process…
    12. 12. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Click on the link to Wallwisher on ourEdmodo page.Create a sticky note by double clickingon the background.On the sticky note type one tip forengaging staff in the use of digitalcommunication.
    13. 13. SolvrLink: http://www.a.freshbrain.com/solvr/Purpose: to problem solve collaborativelyAudience: small groups of staff, parents,students, other leadersDevices: Web based, works on iPadSharing: linkWhat is it?: Solvr is a web based problem solving tool that allows you tocollaborate in real time.Ideas for use: Collaborate on school and classroom initiatives and ideas.
    14. 14. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Connect to Solver using the link onour Edmodo page.Solve the problem:Is facebook a friend or foe to leaders?By adding ideas and comments
    15. 15. Sync InLink: http://sync.inPurpose: to write collaborativelyAudience: small groups of staff, parents,students, other leadersDevices: Web based, works on iPad (smalldocuments only)Sharing: linkWhat is it?: Sync In is a web based word processor that allows you tocollaborate in real time.Ideas for use: Collaborate on policies, proposals, planning…
    16. 16. TAKE THE CHALLENGE!Create a sync.in space with the people on your table.Your challenge is to collaboratively create a document listing the positiveand negatives of each of the tools we have explored today:EdmodoAnswerGardenObSurveyStintoWallwisherSolvrSync In
    17. 17. Contact Details:Louise CimettaEmail:Cimetta.louise@cathednet.wa.edu.auLou online: http://about.me/loucimetta
    18. 18. Contact Information

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