A conversation with Montclair Kimberley Academy‘s Bill Stites about the school’s Irish Studies senior elective and trip.

Bill talked about the transition from documenting the trip via a static web site to a WordPress powered blog that folded in Flickr, Twitter, & Youtube to share their experiences as they traveled throughout Ireland.


Going social allowed family, friends & the MKA community to remain connected & contribute to the experience while also providing the students with an opportunity to form new, unexpected connections with people from all over the world- an experience not at all uncommon to social media. One such example being Eion Ryan, a Member of the European Parliament.

Bill went on to chat about how faculty at MKA followed his lead- from blogs to record & share trips to China & Guatemala to influencing other areas such as the Middle School newspaper.

The Irish Studies Program was proof to the school that for impact and reach, “showing” is more effective than “telling.”


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Peter Baron

Peter Baron

Peter Baron is the Chief Evangelist at WhippleHill Communications, the founder of AdmissionsQuest, and a partner at edSocialMedia. Peter regularly blogs about school communication for WhippleHill and edSocialMedia. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.