If You Write, They Will Read

"Blogging and the Internet allow us to engage in a lot more real time conversations as opposed to a one-way dump of information or a message." ~ Indra Nooyi    When I started this month long challenge of blogging every day my goal was ultimately to challenge readers thinking and to start conversations about what I find important. Blogging can be a very personal endeavour which scares many people away from creating a blog to share their thoughts with the world. What I have come to realize about writing a blog post and sharing it with the world is that people will read it, and if the topic hits a nerve with them, they will comment. As I come to the end of the first week of my challenge I am so pleased and impressed with the conversations that have developed through comments that readers have left. It has pushed...
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4 Apps to Keep Your Community Informed

  Click here to read my second blog post for Remind101
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Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story

  Click here to read my first of 3 articles for remind101 ~ Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story
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What Would You Do?

"Social networking is about building people up in your network NOT tearing them down" ~ Tasha Turner   Last week as I reading my various Twitter streams I came across a few disturbing tweets from an unhappy parent in the school community of a colleague of mine. I decided to click on the user's profile and discovered that almost all the tweets were criticisms of the school and the principal. In my opinion the tweets were bordering on harassment. They were uninformed and seemed to be written to begin an online argument. The account also did not use a real name, they were posting anonymously. This one-sided conversation on Twitter caused me to question my own belief of the importance of being connected and to use social media as a window into the school and the learning happening everyday. Should this scenario stop administrators, teachers and even schools from being...
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Why I use Twitter

Below is a deck I created with Haiku Deck. As always, feel free to comment.   
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TVDSB Joins Facebook & Twitter

The TVDSB has jumped on the social media bandwagon (see my last blog posting on Dec.12th) creating  corporate Facebook and Twitter  accounts.  Well "jumped" maybe a little misleading as the board has been posting on Twitter since August and has had a Facebook page for a while now.  The difference is the board is more active in using the tools to spread their message and connect to the community.  There are some great examples of districts around the province using Facebook and Twitter effectively such as the Toronto District School Board .    As educators we are constantly modeling strategies for students.  Modeling effective social media use is an excellent opportunity to change the current climate of abuse we see in many Facebook and Twitter accounts of our youth. To add to the social media mix many TVDSB administrators have created professional blogs for themselves, as well as school blogs...
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Social Media in Education

While most of the world is embracing social media the education sector has struggled to grasp the value of connecting to the students they serve.   Every day businesses around the world are using some aspect of social media to promote their business and spread the word about their product or services.  They use Twitter and Facebook to promote sales and specials and Foursquare to have customers check-in to their location.  They use these tools to help promote all the great things that are happening with their business and customers.  Wouldn't it be great if school districts, schools, teachers and administrators used these same tools to promote all the great work happening in classrooms today. Social media in schools is here to stay.  Let's leverage it to engage our students and provide an exciting learning environment. Let's get on the Bandwagon
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