Showing posts with label Dangerously Irrelevant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dangerously Irrelevant. Show all posts

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Resources to Help Schools Understand Social Media

Updated December 4, 2011. In the time since I published this post last year I contributed to a book on this topic. What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media was edited by Chris Lehmann and Scott McLeod who inspired this post.

Earlier this week Scott McLeod asked When will schools begin using social media? Who's doing it well right now? Scott's point is that schools are still using a communication model of broadcasting instead of conversing with parents, students, and other stake-holders. In the comments on Scott's post there are some examples of schools using social media. Unfortunately, those examples are still the exception to the rule.

One of the reasons why more schools are not using social media is because their leaders don't understand social media. Too many of them think that social media tools are just about sharing what you had for breakfast (BTW, I had oatmeal) or sharing pictures from parties. Sure, social media can be used for that, but it can also be used for growing bigger ears and listening to your constituents so that you can get a pulse of the community and respond to your community's needs.

To help school leaders understand some productive uses of social media, here are some resources to check out.
Chris Brogan is one of the leading experts on the use of social media for organizations. His book Trust Agentspresents a great case and examples for individuals and organizations. You should also check out his blog.

Social Media in Plain English is a Common Craft video explaining the basic concepts of social media.
Social Media and the Work Place is a brand new video from Common Craft that explains why and how organizations use social media.

And of course, if you haven't seen the following videos or passed them along to the people that need to see them, I encourage you to do that.

Social Media Explained Visually.

Social Media Revolution 2011.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Take the Dangerously Irrelevant Textbook Challenge

Dr. Scott McLeod has issued an interesting challenge to teachers and school administrators. The textbook challenge is based the idea that, in Dr. McLeod's words, "there's not much in your children's textbooks that isn't available in at least a dozen places online for free." The challenge is to prove that statement correct or incorrect. So grab your kid's textbooks and start searching. Then post a comment with your findings on this post on Dangerously Irrelevant to be entered to win a prize pack of books. The books are Tribes by Seth Godin, Catching Up or Leading the Way by Yong Zhao and Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod. I listened to and read Tribes when it came out and although its technically a business book, many of Godin's ideas could be applied to an education setting. Zhao's blog is in my RSS reader and his book is on my "to read" list.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Support Scott McLeod in Donors Choose Challenge

Donors Choose, an organization that provides grants for classroom teachers, is having a "bloggers challenge." (Read more about Donors Choose).I thought about participating in the challenge myself, but then I realized that most of my audience is composed of the very people that will be applying for grants.

Dr. Scott McLeod, the author of Dangerously Irrelevant, is participating in the Donors Choose blogger challenge. (Read the details of the challenge). In case you're not familiar with Dangerously Irrelevant it is a blog about the role of education in technology. Much of the work that Dr. McLeod does is helping school administrators adopt the use of technology in their schools. Dr. McLeod is challenging some of the "A-Listers" (TechCrunch and Robert Scoble) of the tech blogging world so he could use some support. If you know someone that is interested in donating to a very good cause or causes please direct that person to Dangerously Irrelevant. By the way, the prize for winning the Donors Choose Challenge is nothing more than bragging rights.