Using Blogs & Online Communities to Connect!

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Are you a parent, teacher, principal? Are you considering using blogs or online communities to stay up-to-date with what's going on at your school or to share information? Find out the pros and cons and how others are doing it successfully from speaker Aerin Guy of SpaceRace at P4E's Communication Strategy Workshop on March 3rd, 2012. Twitter handle @aeringuy

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Using Blogs & Online Communities to Connect!

  1. 1. Keeping ConnectedBlogs & Online Communities Aerin Guy SpaceRace www.gospacerace.com
  2. 2. • “when we change the way we communicate, we change society”• “new technology enables new kinds of group- forming”
  3. 3. We are parents• we are a community• how do we connect?
  4. 4. message board• the old message board• parents may not even see the inside of the school
  5. 5. school newsletter
  6. 6. • There’s an important note at the bottom of this innocent looking backpack, but you won’t see it until June.
  7. 7. why use blogs & online communities?
  8. 8. Common Interests• workshops• socials• events• business opportunities• volunteering• taking action
  9. 9. People are busy• living• parenting• shuttling around• learning• working
  10. 10. TextPeople want to connect
  11. 11. • to our schools• to other parents• to the education “community”• to political decisions that affect us
  12. 12. educators online
  13. 13. parents online
  14. 14. Twitter chats • #ptchat is a weekly conversation about topics of importance to parents • http://efacetoday.blogspot.co
  15. 15. online communities• get personal (profile)• discussions• create a network• share information• power in numbers
  16. 16. blogs• knowledge exchange• comments for engagement• many voices - dialogue• easy to set up and facilitate• candid and human
  17. 17. What’s available to you?• explore your networks• create a new one• join one that speaks to you
  18. 18. Question Time!

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