BE THE MODEL

The principal who models these behaviors is going to be able to inspire innovation in their school much more effectively than a principal who simply requires that teachers use technology, or collaborate, or take risks." National Association of Secondary School Principals

Today You Will Be:

1. Joining the Real Time Conversation and connecting with thousands of educators on TWITTER
2. Listening and Learning with An Entire Network of Educational Leaders by BLOGGING
3. Staying Current and On top of Cutting Edge Tools/Conversations with your RSS Reader and/or Social BookMarking Account.

Let's Get Started:

1. Get a Twitter Account Twitter. (Be Sure to Add your Twitter Handle to our Community Pages)


Explore the resources below for tips on how to set up a profile page and send your first tweet to me @angelamaiers.

FOR MORE TWITTER RESOURCES, STRATEGIES, AND SUGGESTIONS GO HERE

2. Get a Google Reader and learn How to use Google Reader to manage information coming from your community. Once you have learned how to import blog feeds into your Google Reader account. Explore several blogs on this list. and practice importing their blog feeds in your reader. (Google Reader Help) FOR MORE RSS RESOURCES, STRATEGIES, AND SUGGESTIONS GO HERE 3. Get a Diigo account. Diigo


FOR MORE RESOURCES, STRATEGIES, AND SUGGESTIONS GO HERE

4. For Advanced Users: A Blog On Blogger

1. Set up your blog on blogger
Blogger is a free and easy to set up blog software. All participants are required to set up a team blog as their "workshop notebook."
We'd like to see one team blog per organization with an "author account" for each workshop participant. Take the blogger tour first.
If you don't already have one, you will need to set up a google account before you can create a blogger in three easy steps.

2. Set up author accounts for each person from your organization participating in the workshop.
Here are the instructions for setting up author accounts.

3. Write your first post:
Introduce your team: Include photos and links to your organization's web site
Answer these questions:
  • How is your organization currently using social media? (Include links)
  • What is your personal experience using social media?
  • What do you hope to learn from the workshop?

Need additional help with your blog set up?


Explore Ideas for Using Your Blog Space from other leaders:

Read and Comment on Blogs of Other Leaders:


FOR MORE BLOGGING RESOURCES, STRATEGIES, AND SUGGESTIONS GO HERE


Remember: Go Slow to Go Fast


1. Focus on one social network at a time.
There are many different social networks, and it takes time to gain fluency with each one. It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you try to tackle too much at once. Get comfortable with one social network first; then try another.

2 .It’s OK to start by lurking!
Don’t feel like you need to actively participate in the conversation until you have gotten a feel for the etiquette and culture of a particular social network. Start by watching and learning, and jump in when you feel more comfortable.

3. Don’t give up.
It is natural to feel uncomfortable when you are trying something new. Remember, we ask our students to do it every single day! It takes time to gain confidence and develop your social networking skills. Participating in social media can be like learning any new skill— you have to push yourself through an awkward phase to see the long-term benefits. Stick with it, even if it feels uncomfortable or confusing at first.
4. Set aside some time every day to participate.
Many people say, “I am too busy” as an excuse not to participate in social media. You don’t have to spend two hours a day on social media to realize the benefits! Commit to spending 15 minutes a day on your social network of choice for a month. You will probably find that the contacts you make and the resources you discover will save you time and energy in the long run.

5. You Have Support - Check out these helpful resources!