Yes, I have been off the grid and this is a blog that should have been written a year ago, but I need to share it since I refer to it in my presentations on using social media as a lead learner. I was fresh off the NAESP conference in Baltimore in 2013 and was a social media ambassador with Joe Mazza and Tony Sinanis. While there, I was involved in a twitter chat with the ladies of #educoach as they were holding chats on the book Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess. As we were working the social media lounge at NAESP, I mentioned Teach Like a PIRATE (TLAP) during one of the presentations. Joe Mazza kindly gave me the book and I have used this and highlighted, shared it, and quoted from it. On the drive back, I thought, how can I bring this back to staff in my school, invigorate the passion of teaching, as well as show them how social media. So, I asked permission from both my superintendent and assistant superintendent to lead a book study not only with the East Side staff, but with the entire district. here are the steps I did and the planning I followed using Evernote to plan. Here are the notes I jotted during the planning of these sessions for reference.
- First check out what to use, whether Schoology, Edmodo, Twitter or Link
- Advertise via email All User and get commitments.
- Put onto MLP to get credit
- Settle on weekly pages.
- Format Questions
- Set time for chats so they are live
- Set up a live chat with Dave Burgess over Skype
- Maybe do a twitter chat so others can tweet in. Provide an overview of how to tweet and use hashtag
I crafted an email to all staff and did an email blast for the district:
Second: Open a twitter account and Edmodo account. They are free!!