In the last 8-9 months, I have really been involved in getting to know so many educators from all over the world, through Social Media. This has been through mediums such as Twitter and my blog, along with the “Connected Principals” website. My knowledge in several areas, has grown a tremendous amount through not only connecting with information, but more importantly people.
The problem is, if you are reading this, you probably already get that. You are probably just as connected as I am. You probably read through tweets, blog posts, and other information that will help you become a better educator. So what about the people in our schools that are not connecting? How do we help them along
I have heard several of my administrator colleagues talk about other principals and educators saying that, “they don’t get it”, when talking about Social Media. I would be the first to admit that I was in that same category not that long ago. I did not understand what the “fuss” was about and why so many were talking about the benefits of connecting with others through the Internet. What it took for me, was some persistence from colleagues (and even family) before I started even using technology as a way to connect with others. However, I did not benefit immediately, as it was hard to go into this unknown world. I had many others guide and work with me along the way. Through that persistent and consistent help that I had from others, I got the hang of it and I have seen more growth in myself in the last year, than I have had in the ten prior.
Now though, I do my best to help and connect others to Social Media. I have a significant amount of my staff blogging, tweeting, and trying several different things to learn from others around the world. I have also started to connect with other educators around the world and started giving them the push. I have tried my best to walk along with them through their journey, offering and giving support every step along the way. I was also extremely proud to see several other of my educators interested in learning more about the impact of Social Media on themselves and their students. Proudly, we started our own PLC that will continue throughout the school year.
My focus as an educator has always been on the best interest of kids. Not on only the kids in my school, but all kids. I have worked in several different schools and have connected with thousands of students. They are ALL great and they all deserve a chance to reach their full potential. By helping others, are we not helping all kids?
So the focus here is different from my “Open Letter to Administrators” that urged other principals to get involved in social media. Regretfully, this post should have come first. This is to those that already “get” social media and have used it to improve their own learning. Not just administrators, but all educators. How are you helping those get out into the unknown? How are you guiding them and helping them consistently in their practice? I would love for you to share how you have helped other educators into this foreign territory. Not only for my benefit, but for the benefit of all those that take the time to read this. Saying “they don’t get it”, doesn’t help our students or push education forward. It is not enough nor does it help.
Ultimately, the beneficiaries of this will be our students. Is that not where we want to make the biggest impact?