MKA Irish Studies: An Appreciation

MKA Irish Studies: An Appreciation
by Steve Ritchie ·

Our own Blogger in Chief, Bill Stites, is nearing the end of his tour around Ireland with his Irish Studies … Continue reading »

Must See ‘New Hampton’ TV!

Must See ‘New Hampton’ TV!
by Peter Baron ·

Have you caught Hans Mundahl’s latest edSocialMedia video (Social Media and the Carpentry Puzzle)? If not, take 5 minutes, it’s worth every second.

His post provides an ideal segue into edSocialMedia’s latest podcast. Hans & I began with a conversation about the tensions that pop up as schools begin to participate in social media and from there focused on the student produced livecast New Hampton TV. He spoke about the program’s growth, the technological & communication lessons learned by the students, and some of the surprises they’ve faced along the way. Continue reading »

A Parent’s Appreciation of a Classroom Blog

A Parent’s Appreciation of a Classroom Blog
by Steve Ritchie ·

My daughter’s 4th grade teacher has a class blog. It’s simple, straightforward, no frills. And it is a thing of beauty. … Continue reading »

“Rocks, Diamonds, Pearls & Gold; Knowledge Mining with Social Media”

“Rocks, Diamonds, Pearls & Gold; Knowledge Mining with Social Media”
by Jason Ramsden ·

Unless you are presently living in hiding, in the mountains of a remote land, you have no doubt seen Twitter … Continue reading »

Social Media Case Study: Pope John Paul II High School (MA)

Social Media Case Study: Pope John Paul II High School (MA)
by Lorrie Jackson ·

For the next few months, I’ll be sharing best practices from schools like yours across the U.S. and abroad. This month, we’re starting with a bit of a surprise… Continue reading »

Free Webinar (5/18, 3 pm): The Story of the WA Mash

Free Webinar (5/18, 3 pm): The Story of the WA Mash
by Peter Baron ·

Are you trying to understand the buzz around social media and whether or not it can truly benefit your school? Join Antonio Viva, Associate Head of School and English teacher at Worcester Academy for a free webinar on Monday, May 18 at 3 pm ET that explores the creation of “WA Mash” and how he has successfully integrated social media into the curriculum of his Creative Writing course. Continue reading »

Twitter, Teachers and the Tool.

Twitter, Teachers and the Tool.
by William Stites ·

“I am a Twitter addict!” There I’ve said it, I’ve gotten it out in the open and now I can begin to move on. I use Twitter on my computer, on my iPhone, I have feeds pumping into various web site that I am responsible for, but through all of my use of Twitter it wasn’t until I found the right tool that it really brought it all together and made it the real professional growth tool that it has become. Continue reading »

Accelerating a SLOW-cial Media Campaign

Accelerating a SLOW-cial Media Campaign
by Lorrie Jackson ·

Maybe your supervisor panicked when he saw a competitor’s robust Facebook page. Maybe your alumni donations are abysmal. Maybe Twitter is just plain fun and why not tweet for your school in your spare time?

These are all too common reasons for starting into social media in an independent school but for many such well-intentioned starts don’t end well. Social media becomes SLOW-cial because, unlike in Field of Dreams, sometimes they don’t come when you build it. Let’s examine why and more importantly, how you can avoid the void in the conversation. Continue reading »