Here are several links that you will need for the project.
Principals have so much to offer students, parents, the community, staff members, fellow principals and colleagues. Principals can give and contribute by sharing their experiences, knowledge, and insight. Principals are complex talented leaders that are committed, passionate visionaries that can empower, inspire, and motive their audiences. There are dynamic and relevant topics that principals can blog about. Some of these include blogs about school culture, mandates and policies, educational trends, philosophies and beliefs, professional development topics, and transparent and reflective blog posts.
Audience & Purpose
Principals have four potential audiences. Principals can direct their blog posts to student and parents, the community, staff members, and principals and area superintendents. Each of these audiences can have a specific purpose for each blog post. For example, administrators can blog to students and parents about school culture, mandates and policies, educational trends, school news, nuts and bolts, and celebrations. An administrator may have similar blog post to share with the community, but may do so using a different platform than that used to reach students and parents. Administrators may use the school website to reach students and parents, but use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to reach the community.
Principals will have much different content to share with their staff members. This may blog posts about their philosophies and beliefs, school issues, curriculum topics, data and instruction, technology integration, and professional development topics. Lastly, principals will blog very differently when they target fellow principals and area superintendents.These blog posts will probably be very transparent and reflective.
Blogging Best Practices
There are many options for best practices related to principals blogging. Here are five that I derived from the book Hacking Leadership.
1. Plan – there are many things to plan. Plan about the topics for blog posts, the platform you will use, the frequency of your posts, and the schedule you will follow.
2. Constant Flow – there is one shortcoming that will cause your audience to fall away and that is not posting on a regimented schedule. You will have followers. They will be looking forward to your posts. You do not want to be inconsistent. Select a specific day to post on and always post on that day or days.
3. Dynamic & Relevant – capture your audience by relating to them. A dynamic post will include multimedia and new content that your audience can relate to and apply.
4. Transparent & Reflective – This may be a challenge for admin. What I mean is that there are times when an administrator should not be transparent or reflective. When we reflect, we talk about what we learned and sometimes admit we made mistakes. This may not be something a principal would want to include in a blog post to student, parents, or the community; however, there may be times when this would be appropriate. Admin will mostly be transparent and reflective with their area superintendents, but could be inspiring to their staff members.
5. Reply – blogging gives your audience the opportunity to comment to your blog posts. Reply to the comments to spur discourse. This will hook your audience and communicate to them that you are engaged with them and present.
Digital Tools and Platforms for Blogging
In the WCPSS there are two options for principals. Admin can use Schoolwires or Blogger. This is not the venue to get discuss the technical details of these two platforms. I recommend you contact your area DLC to support you in your blogging expeditions.
There has been much talk about teachers needing to get there Technology credits. The Digital Learning Coordinators can support teachers in getting technology credits. There are multiple paths to getting tech credits. Here is a list of some pathways to tech credits. Contact your area DLC for support or questions.
1. The North Carolina DPI Digital Learning Competencies – this may be the fastest and easiest way to obtain technology credits. The NC DPI created modules for teachers to complete in order to obtain technology credits. There are 4 competencies that teachers can choose from. Each competency is equal to 1.0 CEU.
A. Leadership in Digital Learning –Teachers will demonstrate leadership in accelerating their integration of digital teaching and learning pedagogies.
B. Digital Citizenship- Teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture.
C. Digital Content and Instruction- Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.|
D. Data and Assessment- Teachers will use technology to make data more accessible, adjust instruction to better meet the needs of a diverse learner population, and reflect upon their practice through the consistent, effective use of assessment.
You may need a partial credit or a whole credit. These modules will enable you to complete an online course at your own pace. Contact me, Chris Zirkle, to receive more information and access to Canvas courses. (email@example.com)
2. Work With a DLC – When we work with staff members we keep track of the time we have spent with you working on technology integration. We will provide your school’s E-School manager with the number of hours we worked with you and a description of the session. Each hour equals .1 CEUs.
3. Convergence Remix – The WCPSS DLCs host Remix events throughout the year for each calendar schedule. We send out invites to administrators. Be on the look for a Remix event. They are awesome ways to learn about technology integration while earning tech credits.
4. Kyte Learning – If you love to participate in Professional Development on your own time and in your pajamas, Kyte Learning may be up your ally. Look for the link in the WCPSS Portal.
5. Google Level 1 & Level 2 Certification – Your area DLC can provide you with resources and support in order to pass the Google Educators Certification Exams. Level 1 is worth .8 CEUs and Level 2 is worth 1.2 CEUs. Here are some resources to get you started.
6. The Friday Institute – The Friday Institute offers several online courses.
My DLC teammates and I filmed this video at Buckhorn Creek Elementary School. The video highlights some of the aspects of a maker space. For more information, contact Tanya Churchill.
The Google Education Suite is a powerful resource that can engage students, enhance curriculum, and foster the 4Cs (Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, & Critical Thinking). If you use the G Suite with your students or would like to sharpen your G skills, preparing for the Google Educators Certification exam will ensure you are proficient with using the G Suite apps.
I have developed and curated some resources that will help you determine if you are ready for the exams and prepare you to take them. Here are the steps that I recommend you take:
1. Complete this self-assessment that I created. The assessment begins on page four. There are sixteen pages, so make sure you scroll all the way through the document. This resource includes links to tutorials and the WCPSS Boot Camps.
2. Once you complete the self-assessment you can explore the tutorials to help you with the performance tasks you need to master.
3. Google has extensive training units that you can complete. They are very long and require much time. I recommend you skip the lessons and go directly to the review questions. If you answer all of the review questions correctly, move onto the next unit. If you missed several of the review questions, it may benefit you to read through the lessons for that unit.
4. The WCPSS has created boot camps for level one and level two. I recommend you complete the boot camps. They are very similar to the scenarios you will experience during the exam.
5. If you need support in any way, feel free to contact me.
This video will walk you through the process of creating your digital portfolio, artifacts, and reflections.
Use this Google Drawing to demonstrate what Google apps you know, love, and want to learn about. This activity will give you some experience with Google Drawings. As you participate in this activity, think of ways you can use Google Drawings with your students.
- Drag each Google app, that you are familiar with, to the board.
- Describe how each app can be used to engage students, enhance your curriculum, and integrate the 4 Cs, or simply describe what the app does.
- Note your favorite apps.
- Add question marks next to the apps you need to practice using.
- This G Suite Presentation will go over some of the most common apps and their features.
Would you like to become a Google Certified Educator? You can prepare for the Google Level 1 & 2 exams by completing this self-assessment. In this resource, you will find links to the WCPSS boot camps, Google practice questions, and tutorials.
I produced this video to demonstrate that K-3 students can log into Chromebooks and Google. They can also use Google to create digital portfolios. If you would like PD about #KindersCan, contact me and my team will be happy to support you.
Step 1: Set Up
In this step, you will get set up to build the website.
1. Open up the Google website for the grade level you are working with. Navigate to the unit page you are working with. If it does not exist yet, you will need to create it.
2. Navigate to the Open Up Math website and navigate to the student materials page for your grade level.
3. Open Up Khan Academy for Illustrative Math. Navigate to your grade level.
4. Open up the YouTube Channel or source for your video.
5. Lastly, Open up the folder that houses all of the Google slides for your grade level.
Step 2: Unit & Lesson Page Set up
These steps are suggestions. You may find a more efficient way to accomplish this goal. Goal: create unit pages that list all of the lessons for the unit. The lessons title on the unit page link to the individual lesson pages.
1. Create the unit page.
2. Navigate to each lesson, one at a time, and copy the lesson title.
3. Past the lesson title on the unit page.
4. Change the font to the subheading.
5. Change the background color on alternating titles.
6. Now create a page for the unit lesson.
7. Tile the page “Unit _ :Lesson _
7. Make the page a child to the unit page.
8. Hide the page from navigation.
9. Go back to Open Up Math and copy the title of the lesson.
10. Paste the lesson title in the lesson page.
11. Change the font to subheading/heading
Step 3: Google Slides
In this step, you will insert the link to the premade Google Slides.
1. Open up the slide deck for the lesson your working on.
2. Click file/make a copy/delete “copy of “/save to your folder that will house all of the slides.
3. Exit out of the original slide deck.
4. In your copy, click share/advanced/change/On- Public on the Web.
5. Go to lesson page. Type Lesson _: Slide Show.
6. Highlight text and paste in the link to the slide deck.
Step 4: Adding Student Resources
In this step, we will link to the lesson resources provided by Open Up Math.
1. Navigate to the Open Up Math lesson.
2. Copy the URL.
3. Go to the lesson page you created.
5. Type in “Lesson_: Student Resources.
6. Change font to the subheading.
7. Highlight the text and paste in the URL.
Step 5: Khan Academy Practice
In this lesson, we will add the Khan Academy Practice to the math website.
1. Go to Khan Academy Illustrative Math website.
2. Select the grade level you are working with.
3. Navigate to the specific lesson your working on ( Sometimes there is not a lesson).
4. Copy the link to the lesson.
5. Go to the lesson page.
6. Type in “Lesson_: Student Resources”.
7. Change the font to the subheading.
8. Highlight the text and insert the link.
Step 6: Video Resource
This is a vital resource because it offers instruction. The instruction component is one aspect this curriculum lacks. Best practice is to embed the video in the website and to turn off related videos.
1. Navigate to your video source.
2. Click on the share button and select embed.
3. Uncheck the “Show suggested videos when the video finishes.”
4. Uncheck ” Show video title and player actions.”
5. Copy the embed code.
6. Go to lesson page, click on insert, click on embed, click on embed code, paste in the embed code, and position and size the video. It should be on the right-hand side of the links you inserted.