I haven’t got a ton of new content to share with you this morning because I spent the weekend grinding out content for a new book I’m writing on the role that social media tools can play in education.

What I do have, however, are—-I think—some pretty good handouts that you might find useful as you try to introduce people to the potential uses for social media tools in education.  Here they are:


Exploring School Based Social Media Efforts

While using social media services to reach out to school communities was still a relatively novel practice in the fall of 2010, several buildings had already worked to create a presence in popular forums like Twitter and Facebook.

One of the best ways to build confidence in your own social media communication plan is to explore their efforts. This handout can help you to track your reactions while exploring the social media efforts of three different schools and/or principals.


Top Ten Sources for Learning about Social Media

One of the first steps that principals interested in incorporating social media strategies into their communication and professional development plans can take is to read as much as they can about the role that new tools are playing in schools and businesses.

The readings and resources included in this handout are good starting points for initial studies about the changing nature of communication, professional development and learning in a world dominated by social media spaces.


Tracking Learning in Social Media Spaces

Some of the best professional development opportunities for educators take place as a result of interactions in social media spaces. These interactions, however, rarely count towards requirements for license renewal simply because they are not carefully documented.

Consider using this form over the course of the next year to record the impact that interactions in social media spaces are having on your own professional growth.


Exploring Common Patterns of Participation in Twitter

It can be inherently difficult to believe that meaningful professional development can actually occur in Twitter, a social media service that limits messages to 140 characters.

To build confidence in the value of joining the Twitterverse, consider monitoring the messages being posted by any educator using Twitter for a few weeks and then completing this handout.


Exploring Educational Conversations in Social Media Spaces

Successfully developing a 21st Century PLN depends on choosing a social media space that aligns with your personal learning preferences, provides access to information that can improve your work, and connects you to colleagues that you can learn from.

Before committing to any social media space, consider checking out a few of the conversations occurring below and determining how likely they are to be a good fit for you.


There are a few other resources—which I’ve shared before—posted here on my Digitally Speaking Wiki.  Hope this stuff helps you somehow.

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