If you follow me on social media, you know that I am in the final stretch of my coursework for my Master's in Educational Administration. The class that I am taking right now is called Executive Communications and it is RIGHT up my alley! With PDAS going away and T-TESS coming, the PDAS class for my degree was dropped and this class replaced it. I am happy about that! Of the 7 (Yes, SEVEN) books that I have to read over the next 7 weeks, this book intrigued me the most. As immersed as I am in social media, I am always looking for ideas on how to use the various mediums more effectively in the educational setting.
Dr. Brian J. Dixon wrote Social Media for School Leaders: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Most Out of Facebook, Twitter, and Other Essential Web Tools from his experience as a high school principal. His field experience and use of the technology tools explained in the book makes this guide an essential piece to round out any school leader. Dixon hit the nail on the head when he said “the abundance of social technology has begun to shift the role of the school leader from the site administrator to community engagement specialist." School leaders are not just building managers or just instructional leaders; they are expected to navigate the waters of social media and web tools to connect with the school community. This navigation can get difficult when trying to translate the personal use, or no use, of social media to the educational area. Dixon says "school leaders…are familiar with social media in their own lives, but because of the complex issues surrounding the use of social media with students they need help effectively using social media in their school practice."
The abundance of social technology has begun to shift the role of the school leader from the site administrator to community engagement specialist. -Dr. Brian J. Dixon
I loved this book. Out of the stack of books sitting on my desk for this class, this is the one that I have been the most excited about reading. Social media and educational technology are my passions and I’m blessed that I get to work in my passions every day. Understandably, a few web tools listed in the book have changed dramatically or have disappeared all together since the publication of this book in 2012. Technology changes so drastically that it’s hard for a printed book to stay relevant. What keeps Social Media for School Leaders relevant is that it gives detailed “how to” for each tool and wonderful application examples. I was impressed at the layout, sequence, and information presented and found myself looking up each unfamiliar tool while reading the book.
In the preface of the book, Dixon explains that he wrote this book for all types of people – the technophobic, the cautious, the early adopter, and the non-educator. I am definitely the early adopter but many principals and district administrators are either cautious or technophobic. This book is a great resource for any administrator regardless of their technological ability. You should check it out!
Keeping it Techy,
Turns out that 2016 is a year of change and growth in many areas of my life. To keep up with the times, I have decided to branch out with my own professional blog. While it will be educational "techy" in nature, I know that parts of me will seep through as well. My prayer is that this will be a place for you to learn about some of my favorite EdTech tools, hear the great things that the teachers in my district are doing with technology in the classroom, keep up with the events that I attend, and anything else that pertains to my learning journey.
If you are reading this, please leave a comment below and tell me what you think so far! I am always looking to learn, grow, and improve! Plus, any blog topic ideas are welcome. I am here to serve!
Keeping it Techy,
This blog post was originally published on my commerceisdtech.weebly.com blog
My new Google obsession is Google Keep. Maybe it's because I yearn to be organized. Maybe it's because I have OCD tendencies. Maybe it's because I haven't found the best way to keep checklists and todo notes...until now.
Google Keep is a simple note-taking application. You can create voice memos, checklists, and insert pictures. What sets Google Keep apart from other checklist tools (like Trello, which I also love) is that it links to the awesome world of Google. I can share notes with family members or team mates WITHOUT them having to create an account...because they already have one! My school district is a GAFE (Google Apps for Education) district so all of my peers AND students have accounts where I can share organizational notes. I even got Superintendent Cooper on board with Keep and he has notes for each administrator that he shares with them. Google Keep is our new "agenda" for team meetings. It is working well so far, and I'll "keep" you updated! (hehe!)
TCEA recently blogged about this note-taking platform and included some ideas for student use in the classroom. These are the ideas that they shared:
You can check out the entire article on the TCEA Blog.
Do you use Google Keep? How do you utilize this tool? I would love to hear from you!
Keeping it Techy,
Thank you Splash of Ink blog for the Google Keep image above.
This post was originally written for my commerceisdtech.weebly.com blog, but I believe that it is better suited here!
Instructional Technology Coordinator for Commerce ISD. Just a teacher looking for a classroom to make a difference! Not only sharing EdTech tools, but sharing my thoughts, feelings and the great things happening in Commerce ISD.
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