Social Media

Keyboard Warriors and Social Media Muscles in Schools

NEWSFLASH: There are people on the Internet that don’t like each other. There are people that don’t like each other in person too, but today’s pitfall of technology has enabled a myriad of people to partake in voicing their opinions in a whole new* way (*new, being about 20 years at this point). Recently, a […]

The Big Four


Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer. Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer. Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer. I couldn’t stop. I don’t know if it was the dopamine or the procrastination that kept this cycle going. Either way, it was getting out of hand. I had a terrible headache and was able to convince myself that it […]

Unfollow Me, Please

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It’s been very busy on my end over the past month. I released my second podcast, published my first flash-read on Amazon, and have crisscrossed the country. Despite all of the good stuff, those who aren’t fans of mine capitalized on some mistakes that were made under my watch. As a superintendent, the buck stops […]

Tell Your Story: Role Reversal

In The Power of Branding, Tony Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo define brandingas “The marketing practice of creating a name, symbol, or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products.” Tell Your Story As a classroom teacher, there were a few ways in which I differentiated my classroom from others: My students were regularly […]

This is the Year You Become a Connected Educator. Here’s How.

Does your doctor use leeches? Does your dentist use doorknobs and string? Of course not. If we want medical professionals using contemporary practices, shouldn’t we expect the same from other professions, especiallyteachers? The best way to stay current is to be a connected educator. Being a connected educator means using social media to improve your […]

Book Review: Blending Leadership

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Recently, I was able to get my hands on a copy of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off by Stephen Valentine (@sjvalentine) and Reshan Richards (@reshanrichards), illustrated by Brad Ovenell-Carter (@Braddo). First, to save you the suspense, these six beliefs (which encompass the majority of the book) proclaim that blended leaders: […]

Should Practitioners Ignore Researchers?


Since the start of my career in 2007, I have witnessed some form of educational debate take place on almost a daily basis. And, with the rise of social media – in particular, Facebook and Twitter – these types of conversations are now that much easier to create, engage in, and /or find. The Problem […]

A Tragic Loss and a Lesson…I Hope


I really can’t say that I knew Deven Black all that well. Because I’d learned he was a thoughtful and well-known educator, I had called upon him to be a commentator for a couple of shows on BAM Radio Network. He happily accepted my invitation. When I asked what topics he would most like to […]

Teaching In a Social Media World Where Transparency Changes a Teacher’s PG Rating to R


This article originally ran in Adviser Update Fall 2010. It is a prequel to the recent series on the same subject. As a younger teacher, I’m comfortable using whatever technology I can to increase my “cool factor” with the students. Any way we can connect and I can demystify myself is appreciated. At the end […]

Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?


Twitter used to be very clear that you had to be 13 to use their site. In fact, if you look at the image in this post (or at the prior terms of service), you can see that previously, it was the first bullet in the “Basic Terms” section. On September 18, 2009, Twitter released […]