Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Social Media in 2013 - Questions for School Leaders to Consider

This morning at the AAFCS conference in Houston, Texas I facilitated a workshop about social media for leaders of organizations. We started the morning by watching the latest version of Erik Qualman's Social Media Revolution then talked about a few questions to consider while thinking about using social media as the leader of an organization.

The questions we considered were:
What happens when someone Googles your organization?
What is being said about your organization without your knowledge?
Who represents your organization?
What will you share about your organization?
How will you handle negative feedback on social media?

Some resources to look at when planning social media policies for your organization: 
Edutopia - How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School 
Online database of sample social media policies

School leaders who have experience crafting social media policies, please feel free to add questions to consider in the comments below.

More Ideas for Using ThinkLink In Your Classroom

Last week I shared Donna Baumbach's great Google Presentation of 65+ ways to use ThingLink in your classroom. This spring ThingLink ran a contest in which students submitted their ThingLink creations. The contest is over now, but you can still see the submissions on the contest page. Some of the examples that jumped out to me were interactive diagrams of the human digestion system, an interactive version of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and a cute interactive image titled Puppies Count As Family Too. I didn't count all of the images on the page, but I'm confident in saying there is well over 100 interactive images created by students on the page. Take a look at the contest page and get ideas for your own use of interactive images in your classroom.