That is the overall theme of feedback from the this year's Summer Institute. We could all feel the excitement and energy that developed through the day. So what is it that everyone is getting so excited about?
Believe it or not: educational leadership in the digital age. On Wednesday the leadership team had our eyes opened to the potential that Web 2.0 tools and social media offer. Now we want to grab hold of the possibilities and run with it.
The highlight of the day and what everyone was so excited about, was the presentation by Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent of Burlington Public Schools, who spoke about Burlington's journey: Social Media as a Powerful Tool.
Our thanks and gratitude go out to Patrick, whose presentation was engaging, enlightening, honest and inspirational.
Some key take aways:
- social media isn't an option
- if you ensure you carry out due diligence with safety social media has enormous benefits
- "My kids are illiterate most likely yours are too..."
- educate parents, teachers, administrators and students about digital citizenship
- be sure to show off your students' work to a worldwide audience
- use your students as technical support
- create a culture where your teachers feel they can take risks and try new things
- read 'Its Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens' by Dinah Boyd
- sign up for Google Alerts
- let the students help set the boundaries
- create a Communication Plan to keep all stakeholders informed
- develop policies for social media- try not to be too restrictive
View the website for information about the day. Julie Elkan @elkanj