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My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2)

My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2)

[In Part 1 of this conversation, I asked for others’ input and received numerous online comments plus some additional emails. In this post I offer my own thoughts. Warning: Long post ahead.] Dear Iowa superintendent and school board members, As founding director of the nation’s only university center focused on P-12 technology leadership issues, I...

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1,133 educational leaders to kickstart your Twitter feed

1,133 educational leaders to kickstart your Twitter feed

Got an administrator in your school or district who’s interested in Twitter but doesn’t know whom to follow? Interested in connecting online with more administrators yourself? Get started with these 1,133 educational leaders on Twitter! [UPDATE: Now up to over 2,000 leaders!] I’ll keep adding to this collection. Special thanks to Patrick Larkin, George Couros, Lyn...

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25,000

25,000

Although my Twitter birthday is April 11, 2007, it took me four tries over at least a year’s worth of time before I really understood how to make it work for me. Since then it’s been an invaluable resource for my professional and personal growth, both as a learning channel and as a resource dissemination...

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Twitter rotation curation: I am @plaea

Twitter rotation curation: I am @plaea

In the grand tradition of Sweden (@sweden), Ireland (@ireland), New Zealand (@peopleofnz), Malaysia (@twt_malaysia), Italy (@i_am_italy), Australia (@weareaustralia), Mexico (@curatorsmexico), Ukraine (@weareukraine), Pakistan (@iam_pakistan), and others, this week I am Prairie Lakes AEA (@plaea)! Follow along for updates. I’ll also be using the #plaea hashtag. This week I’m… seeing 1:1 classrooms in Jewell, Iowa; visiting...

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Making judgments about technologies we haven’t used and don’t understand

George Couros says: “Kids don’t have enough balance.” “We are dumber because of technology.” “People are disconnected from one another because of how we use technology.” “Technology kills our face-to-face interactions.” In my travels, I have heard all of these arguments. … You will hear people say things like “Twitter is stupid.” Just to clarify,...

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What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going on in our schools – good that doesn’t get shared....