Archive for October 1, 2013

A special guest on the next PrincipalCast Podcast…

principalcastHave you heard the PrincipalCast Podcast? We’ve recorded 5 episodes now on the following topics:

#1 Social Media and Facebook

#2 Social Media in the School District

#3 You know you’re a connected educator when…

#4 Observing and Evaluating Teachers in the 21st Century 

#5 Evaluations and Observations

You can find PrincipalCast on iTunes or on Stitcher/Beyond Pod for Android.  If you watch us live (Sundays at 8:30pm CST) on you can also chat with us in the live chat box or using the twitter hashtag #principalcast.

This Sunday we are inviting our first guest to the show and we are going all out by having Todd Whitaker join us.  We are excited to talk to him about his newest book coming out this month, The Secret Solution. Do you have a question you want us to ask him? Share your question with us HERE.

Book Review: Teaching with Tablets

In addition to the many great books that ASCD publishes, they have now started coming out with ASCD Arias Publications ; shorter books in print or ebook. The value of the aria is that they are each short enough to read in one sitting, yet filled with great information on the topic you want to know more about.

teaching with tabletsI recently read Teaching with Tablets: How do I integrate tablets with effective instruction? by Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher, and Alex Gonzalez. In each chapter, beginning with A Transformation in Education, the authors paint a visual picture for you of what happens in a classroom with tablets. They mention the apps that are used for various purposes to give educators ideas of ways to integrate tablets into learning.  This book is not a how-to; once you read an idea that you want to try out in your classroom you will have to turn to google or youtube to find out how to use the app.

The authors point out that it can be easy for educators to get too excited by all that the tablets can do and surrender their own knowledge of sound teaching and learning practices to the tablet.  They shared the story of one teacher that realized her tablet-using students were basically completing battery-operated worksheets and not collaborating with each other.  The authors emphasize that this is what can happen if you are not mindful of the teaching part of teaching with tablets.  If battery-operated worksheets are a concern for you, then the aria book Teaching with Tablets is a must read!

Principal 2.0: The Connected Administrator

Yesterday Amber Teamann and I joined the great principals in Indiana for the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute (#IPLI) to share with them how Social Media can be a useful tool for school communication and for their personal ongoing professional learning.

A big bonus for us on this? Joining the great Todd Whitaker!


As promised to all those in attendance, here are our presentations/handouts/video clips:

3, 2, 1…Blast Off (Prezi on School Communication)

Social Media and Leadership…Where do I Start?

Podcasts for Principals

Twitter Island (I must give credit to Curt Rees for the Gilligan images!)

Getting Started with Twitter Checklist

Getting Started with Feedly to Follow Blogs

The Principal Meltdown video clip

Girl’s First Ski Jump – Remember, Social Media is just like this ski jump. It seems scary at first, but once you get going it will be GREAT!