5 minute discussion. How do people feel about the article. Get a sense of audience.
There are many types of SM. Twitter and FB are most popular, but there are many many more. Each has their own education community.
Start with my story and how I got into it. I kept on hearing about twitter and educators reference it, so I thought I better check it out.
I didn’t know how it worked. Nobody followed me and I didn’t know who to follow, but what I found was some real cool conversations happening.
Schimmer got me started, but it was what got me engaged in conversation. It was when I went from lurker to participant. SM is not unlike any other relationship, it involves sharing a little of yourself in order to make it worthwhile.
Another seminal moment in my SM experience was when Tom and I attended Edcamp Vancouver in the spring of 2011. I met a number of people I had chatted with face to face. It made the SM experience real and created some personal relationships and extended my PLN.
Chris Wejr, one of the guys I met at Edcamp and others since. He has become a trusted friend. One of the most influential tweeters out there.
Time. There is no two ways about it, you will have to invest. Too many take an intro to SM and then stop. If you don’t invest time beyond today, you will not benefit from SM.
Twitter vs. facebook. Engage parents or engage your mind?
People don’t like to follow the Twitter Egg. The idea of SM is to share, so be honest and share who you are and what you do. There is no need to be secretive…the idea is to share.
People need to have their twitter accounts open and navigating.
Everyone who you follow shows up in your timeline.
Take a break here and let people play with their profiles and get them up to date.
The best way to get started is follow some great people. Read and consume what they are tweeting and sharing.
Chris’ post has a list of great BC educators to follow. The post was written last year, and the number of great tweeters has probably doubled. That said this is a great list to get you started.
Another way to follow conversations is through a hashtag. A hashtag organizes tweets. #edchat was the first and there are two chats on Tuesdays at 12 and 4 that you can follow and engage in. Allow some time to follow a couple of streams and reply to at least one tweet. See if you can engage someone in a discussion.
With so many blogs out there, why begin at all?
This is the reason I blog. To make meaning of what I am reading and consuming.
Blogging engages you in SM. It changes you from lurker to participant. To get the full experience, you need to share.
Reading blogs, having people respond to your blogs changes your thinking. I often get ideas from others and apply what they are saying with my own perceptions.
Yes…I know there is a typo, but I love the image. Reading about the great things that people are saying and doing inspires me to want to do more and challenge myself. Y
Sometimes, it is just a matter of being exposed to something and you can see how it fits the context of your school.
We all have something to offer, it is just a matter of being willing to take the leap.
Ultimately, if we want to consider ourselves educational leaders, we need to model change and model learning. Blogging is a very effective way to do that.
Have a break here and let people set up a blogging account. Again, going back to the twitter experience. Be authentic. You don’t have to write to be a member, it makes it easier to subscribe to blogs.
Time to play with Twitter and Blogging. Subscribe, read, write, create. Those with more experience are welcome to help out.
An intro to twitter and blogging
An Intro to Twitter and Blogging SD #67 Admin Retreat August 2012
Before we Start…• Read this post…• http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3091• Thoughts?
Learning Intentions• Explore the benefits of Social Media• Create/enhance Social Media Accounts• Tweet a little• Blog a little
Why?? His words…My PLN used to consist of our school staff, district admin team and the odd list serve; itwas effective but primarily LOCAL.Now, not only do I have my local PLN, but through the use of Facebook, blogs andTwitter (also Google+ and LinkedIn), my PLN also consists of thousands of educatorsand is now GLOBAL.I have tapped in to my PLN to help plan staff meetings around motivation, literacy, andassessment and have also used it to continually collaborate with other passionateeducators to help me grow not only as a leader but also as a LEARNER.Twitter has become my own personalized human search engine as I am able to plug into people with experience who can answer my questions. Twitter actually SAVES metime.
How to start?• One of the key ideas about Twitter is to follow a diverse group of people to avoid the ‘echo chamber’ effect. ~ Chris Kennedy (@chrkennedy)• A great post to find some BC “Tweeps” http://cultureofyes.ca/2012/03/22/some-bc-edu-t
Some awesome locals…• Naryn Searcy @nsearcy17• Scott Harkness @hark07• Claire Thompson @clthompson• Tom Schimmer @tomschimmer• Carolyn Durley @okmbio
What the #*%@ is a hashtag?#bced #bclearns #edchat#cpchat #edtech #edleaders#bcedplan #ntchat #ptchat
Why?Writing a blog takes courage. I remember the hesitation and courage‘queasy’ feeling I had the first time I hit the “publish” icon on myblog.While, as school and district administrators we often write for apublic audience, blogging does feel different from writing a schoolnewsletter. The content might be similar, but it is more personalthan a Principal’s Message on the front page of a newsletter.We often talk about the many changes happening in education andhow we, as leaders, need to model the change. We want students changeto take the risks, own their learning, be ready to make mistakesbut to learn from them as well, and to create content for the digitalworld. We can help by modelling all of this.~ Chris Kennedy (@chrkennedy)
How do I follow?• Subscribe by: –Email –RSS (Google Reader) – Through a blog provider
Some Blogs I Follow• George Couros – The Principal Of Change• Chris Wejr – The Wejr Board• Johnny Bevaqua – Figuring it Out• Cale Birk – The Learning Nation• Chris Kennedy – Culture of Yes• Tom Schimmer – Learning, Leadership, Life