Despite the growing presence of educators participating online, our profession continues to be slow to the table. These are among lots of excuses why:
1. Not all students have access to the internet.
2. Some schools don’t permit teacher/student interaction through social media.
3. Educators are fearful of disciplinary action should they establish an online account and say the wrong things.
Here are 6 reasons why all educators MUST engage in social media:
1. Social media permits education leaders to increase their sphere of influence beyond a single building or district. Others in your role, principal, superintendent, teacher…you name it, are already online and communicating ubiquitously through blogs, tweet chats, and more.
2. In the absence of strong education leader voices, goals and vision for education are often directed by elected officials with (seemingly) little true knowledge of best practices for schools and students.
3. In the absence of strong education leader voices, education becomes highly (completely?) politicized. I don’t see enough educators advocating for much. In PA, the only voices we hear regarding Common Core is opposition. Where are the educators?
4. Our sphere of influence as education leaders, is less than it should be, by ignoring the generations whose preferred learning and communication is online.
5. Public access to information is at an all-time high. Social media permits the preferred message of educational leaders to be hear first…in the absence of true information, someone will create and publish their own version.
6. We must overcome the fear of readers disagreeing with our opinions. Educators can’t bow to the pressures of a PC world that lacks values and opinions regarding instructional strategies, curricular decisions and materials, and assessment strategies. Professional discourse and reflection must return as integral practice of our work.
So….About what are you passionate?
What voices in education are you hearing to which you are opposed?
How often are you blogging and/or tweeting so that your voice is included?