Planning Your School District Admin Twitter 101 – Your PLN is Key!

Cross-posted from eFACE Today

Administrators listen as other superintendents and principals describe their Twitter experiences

On Friday after-school, a colleague and I provided Twitter training to fellow principals and school district administrators. As a thank you to the tremendous PLN participation, below is the agenda, resources and Powerpoint we used during the two hour session. Many of the resources shared can be found on this Learn Twitter page. Feel free to steal anything you care to use in your own setting. 

    • 4-4:15PM – Intro to Twitter with #edchat streaming on big screen using Shared Eric Sheninger’s Scholastic Principal Twitter video
    • 4:15-4:25 – Supt, Dr. Christopher Smeaton Skyped in to talk about how he uses Twitter in a district leadership role. His blog can be found here.
    • 4:25-4:35 – Elementary Principal Lyn Hilt Skyped in to talk about how she uses Twitter in a building level role. Her blog can be found here.   
    • 4:35-4:45 – School Headmaster Aki Puustin Skyped in from Finland to also share how he is using Twitter in a building level role. His blog can be found here. Special thanks to Aki for joining us at 11:45PM Finland time!!

    • 5:00-6:00 – Reflections of these conversations as well as sharing of our school Twitter accounts @knappelementary and @nwelementary, Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and any impacts we’ve noticed on schools using Twitter including how we embed a Twitter feed into our school Family Engagement Wiki for those not yet on Twitter. We helped fellow administrators “lurk” on #edchat and showed them how to sign-up and send a tweet.
    • Using #nped, we leaned on many connected educators around the globe to evidence how this tool is being used by others – using the tool itself to find our answers. The live tweeting session using a district hashtag #nped (North Penn Education) lasted about 45 minutes. The chat is archived for your perusal here. Included are a great deal of resources, favorite hashtags, insights, chats as well as the conversation starter questions to keep it going. I’m very appreciative of the many tweets contributed by my PLN during this time – it was truly awesome to see and watch the participants learning from each of you.
To those who participated, thank you for being part of my PLN and for your commitment to being a connected educator. Your sharing matters, and helps my students, staff and parents each day. Feel free to download and customize the presentation below as you Tweet it Forward in your own school settings. Together we are better. 


  1. James Brauer said:

    As Twitter becomes increasingly popular for professional reasons amongst school administrators and teachers, it should ultimately trickle down into instructional activities.

    Soon, students will be developing and expanding their personal learning networks.

    Then, let the real learning begin…

    April 18, 2012
    • Joe Mazza said:

      Thanks for your reply, James. There are many educators already collaborating with students across time zones using Twitter. Check out @grade1 and her literature circles with other first graders… It;s very exciting!

      April 18, 2012
  2. Charles Hobner said:

    Great article!! I think its important for teachers to connect with there students on a level that the students feel comfortable in. The factor I find hard for teachers is over coming the technology learning curve and obtaining a significant sized audience to keep them posting as well as interested.

    I have been learning to use twitter and other social networks to my advantage and build a large scale learning network. In that quest I have used sites such as a great resource for learning the basics as well as the power moves.

    February 24, 2013
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