This post will focus on the work of Whitaker, Zoul and Casas (2015), in their book, What Connected Educators do Differently. A synopsis of the book and a link to Jimmy Casas’ website are available under the communication tab on this website. For today I want to highlight a great feature of the book that offers readers an opportunity to connect with education leaders in specific focus areas. This is all part of the overarching message of building relationships. In each chapter the authors provide a list of educator websites or resources that support the information related to the topic of the chapter. Their phrase Follow 5, Find 5 and Take 5 refers to the five people resources and next steps the reader should take as they travel the path to connected learning and leadership.
For the purpose of this blog, I will honour their platform by suggesting three digital education leaders and three chat groups that you should follow on Twitter. Finally I offer one next step for our path to connected digital leadership. Now lets look at three individuals that you should add to you PLN and follow on Twitter.
1.The Couros Brothers @courosa and @gcouros
First we have the brothers Couros, Alec and George. They are leaders at the forefront of the connected education frontier and they are big supporters of using Twitter for education. Both offer the following blogs educationaltechnology.ca (Alec) and georgecouros.ca (The Principal of Change (George) Also both offer access to their PLN and both can be found participating in many education chats on Twitter.
2.Dr. Justin Tarte @justintarte
Next take some time to look at Dr. Justin Tarte’s blog Life of and Educator at jsutintarte.com. Dr. Tarte is the Director of Teaching and Learning in Union Missouri. He is a prolific blogger and Twitter user and from my experience his thoughts on education and leadership are amongst the most re-tweeted information bites. He is a strong supporter of ubiquity and equity in education, which makes his message universal.
3. Tom D’Amico @TDOttawa
Finally I add Tom D’Amico to this list of education leaders. Tom is an associate director of the Ottawa Catholic District School Board and he is a great example of a district leader that is focused on supporting students and staff with digital leadership and connectivity.
Next let us look at three Twitter chat groups that are worth reviewing and following.
1. #edchat- This chat group covers many aspects of education. I find it is one of the largest subscribed chats focused on connected learning.
2. #cpchat – This is the connected principal chat and it is a great place to connect and seek support and suggestions from fellow school leaders. Participants understand the challenges that we face in becoming connected and they certainly endorse connectivity for leaders.
3. #PrincipalPLN – Principal professional learning Network – The name says it all. This site supports the development of social networks for school leaders.
There you have it , my top three and three to help you build a solid network. This week make a point of adding this group of educators and chat groups to your PLN if you do not already have them and if you do who are the go to people on your list ? Share three leaders with us to keep everyone connected.