The Networked Educational Leader: Leading 21st Century Educational Communities



As educational leaders, instructional leader is just one of the many roles that we are expected to fulfill. Finding a way to balance and share resources with staff can become much easier through the power of social media. Using Web 2.0 tools such as social bookmarking sites, blogs, and Twitter, has made it much easier to learn and share with others. As educational leaders, we can leverage the power of social media to better serve our school communities by sharing information with staff, increasing transparency and opening conversations with our parent/student community, while also learning from other educational leaders from all over the world.

In this series, George Couros will help you to build your own professional learning network and to leverage social media to enhance learning within your learning community, while also building relationships both with your local community and educators/administrators from all over the world. Having a solid understanding of social networks will not only help you as an educational leader, but will help to lead your school community in the 21st century.

ABOUT THE FACILITATORgeorge.jpg
George Couros is a Principal in Stony Plain, AB with a K-6 school that also houses a K-12 program to serve students with differentiated needs. He is a motivational workshop presenter in areas of successful technology integration in the classroom including the use of social media and digital citizenship. He has also several years as a technology integration coordinator for several schools and has used the power of Professional Learning Networks to not only connect with the three sites he oversees in different areas, but to also help connect his own teaching staff to other passionate educators around the world. You can learn more about George on his own professional blogfolio located at http://georgecouros.ca

Week 1

Presentation - Face-to-face session discussing "the Why" for leaders to embrace social media in schools.



Work for Day 1.

Homework:

A. Read or view at least 2-3 of the following:
  1. An Open Letter to School Administrators by George Couros
  2. Sharing: The Moral Imperative by Dean Shareski. (Video)
  3. A Futuristic Vision for 21st Century Education by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
  4. Banned in School by Lisa Nielsen
  5. How YouTube is Driving Innovation by Chris Anderson (Video)
  6. 4 Reasons Administrators need to get connected with Twitter by John Robinson
B. Contribute 1-2 posts (no matter the length) to this website. You will be emailed the instructions on how to use the site. Below are some writing prompts
  • Reflect on posts that you have read.
  • Ask questions about what you want to learn.
  • Discuss anything related to social media, learning networks, digital citizenship, and technology as these relate to education.
  • Write about anything you have seen tweeted.
C. Tweet 5-10 tweets a day. Ensure that you use the hashtag #netleader in some cases when asking questions.
Email me if you need anything but preferably tweet me!


Week 2: playback the webinar here

Week 2 Information

Homework:

A. Read or view at least 2-3 of the following:
  1. Twitter can save you time by Bill Ferriter
  2. "Just How Offensive is your facebook profile" from Mashable
  3. Every Principal Needs A Blog by Patrick Larkin
  4. The Time Question by Shannon Smith
  5. Watch the following video:

B. Contribute 1-2 posts (no matter the length) to this website. If you have not already received an email regarding how to do this, please let George know. If you are posting to your own site, it would be great to cross post here as well.
  • Reflect on posts that you have read.
  • Ask questions about what you want to learn.
  • Discuss anything related to social media, learning networks, digital citizenship, and technology as these relate to education.
  • Write about anything you have seen tweeted.
C. Tweet 5-10 tweets a day. Ensure that you use the hashtag #netleader in some cases when asking questions.
Email me if you need anything but preferably tweet me!

D. If you would like to create your own Wordpress blog, here are some step-by-step instructions on how to do this that I have created: George Couros Portfolio session

Week 3: playback the webinar here

Week 3 Information


Final Week Outline
  1. Welcome
  2. Digital Identity/Citizenship
  3. Dean Shareski
  4. Moving Forward
  5. Participant Discussion
  6. Final Thoughts



Resources for the future:
  1. How to Make Better Teachers - Dean Shareski
  2. Tools to become a tech savvy educator - Eric Sheninger
  3. Every Principal Needs a Blog - Patrick Larkin
  4. Educational Blogs (Bundle)
  5. Educational Leadership (Bundle)
  6. Controlling your Digital Identity - The Innovative Educator
  7. Delicious Bookmarks on Identity - Alec Couros
  8. Educational Blogs (wiki) - from CASTLE
  9. Turn on the "Share" Button - George Couros
  10. Principal 2.0; Becoming the Lead Learner - Lyn Hilt