Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Helping a few more take the plunge into Social Media

I had the distinct pleasure today of helping five elementary school principals through the step-by-step process of creating their first campus blogs.

When the idea seed for school leadership blogging in our school district was first planted, it was met with lukewarm responses. However, when I spoke to individual principals who explained their concerns, almost all left either believing it was worth looking into or that they could indeed use a blog to help.

I was impressed that they collaborated and came up with a simple, but effective way to introduce their blogs. Each of them posted the following:
We are moving forward with social technology to enhance our ability to communicate. This will expand our level of effective communication with parents, student, staff and community members. We will post frequently discussed topics and other items of interest. As always, we welcome your input.
These simple statements represent the first steps by some admittedly nervous digital-immigrants who are looking for ways to be more efficient with their time, communication, and leadership. Time will tell if this blogging initiative will pay off in these areas for them. But it is encouraging to see more willing participants take the plunge. Maybe it helped that they were taking it together.

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