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Communication & Community Building with Technology

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Slides from my portion of panel discussion on various ways to build communication & community within schools using technology. Topics covered included iPads & Google Apps for ease of communication, and social media such as Twitter for both communication as well as community building by creating transparent learning communities.

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Communication & Community Building with Technology

  1. 1. Communications and CommunityBuilding with Help from Technology 2013 TechForum NY Chris Casal PS 10 - Brooklyn, NY @mr_casal
  2. 2. Introduction ● Chris ○ ○ ○ ○ computer teacher technology coordinator Google Apps & iPad geek @mr_casal & @PS10Tech ● PS 10 ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ K-5 public school GAFE iPads for teachers Technology is a big focus @PS10Brooklyn
  3. 3. Our Two-pronged Approach ● Make technology useful & seamlessly integrated for staff benefit ○ Google Apps - email, Docs, sites, blogs, etc ○ iPads integrated for mobility & efficiency ● Make technology useful & seamlessly integrated for student/parent/community benefit ○ ○ ○ ○ Facebook & Twitter SchoolMessenger Google Apps Skype/Hangouts
  4. 4. Teachers ● GAFE better than DOE Outlook ○ more space, custom groups, lists, etc ● Share lessons & curriculum maps via Drive ● Dropbox for other files - those that don’t play nice with Drive ● “TechHelp” ○ online form to submit requests for in-house computer assistance ● iMac, MacBook in every room ● Every teacher has an iPad ● All aspects integrated & supported
  5. 5. Community ● Website ○ ps10.org ■ collaborative between PTA & staff ■ staff directory of email & class sites ■ Calendar, event notices, pictures ● Twitter ○ @PS10Brooklyn ● Facebook ○ PS 10 Brooklyn
  6. 6. Social Media ● Big push ● Many staff members active ○ https://twitter.com/PS10Brooklyn/lists/staff ● Hashtags ○ #ps10bk - general ○ #ps10sw - student work ○ #ps10st - student tweets ● TagBoards ○ ○ ○ ○ http://tagboard.com/ps10bk http://tagboard.com/ps10sw http://tagboard.com/ps10st Parents use hashtags during school-wide events
  7. 7. Why Twitter? A quick aside... ● Twitter was new to all ○ sometimes it’s easier to teach a new thing than a familiar thing a new way ● Easy to keep “personal” and “professional” separate ○ no one had a personal account ● It’s a quick, easy to use broadcast platform not requiring viewers to have an account
  8. 8. Parent reaching out... both A.P. & I respond Making personal connections before Open School Night
  9. 9. Showcasing teachers continual learning... Colleagues supporting colleagues...
  10. 10. Parents engaging through technology & social media
  11. 11. Our City Councilman tweeting appreciation for our PTA the full community, beyond just the “school community”
  12. 12. Tying the two together ● Make technology natural, meaningful, and impactful for teachers & they’ll use it ● Class web pages, blogs & twitter feeds easily meet Common Core & NYS Teacher Evaluation standards ● Engage parents through technology & limit the “I didn’t know” moments
  13. 13. Looking forward... ● Skype & Google Hangouts ○ virtual field trips & author visits ● Google Hangouts ○ PTA meetings, Curriculum Nights ● Independent Student blogs/digital portfolios ● Pushing the envelope & always trying new things...
  14. 14. Technology... Integrated. Ingrained. Instinctual. Invaluable. Engaged. Communications & community are built, most solidly, when the methods are natural & useful...

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