Saturday, December 31, 2016

Episode 84: Happy New Year #PrincipalPLN

Happy New Year from the PrincipalPLN!
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We're back!! Well, at least Theresa and Jessica are. Spike has been abducted by aliens, so he's not available to podcast today. Of course, we jest. We miss you, Spike!)

 Find out why we haven't podcasted in so long and hear about some major life changes.

We discuss if it's possible to use Snapchat in schools and how? Theresa asked this question on Facebook and shares the responses in this google doc. 

Other apps we shared include:
Photofunia iPhone app
Houseparty (video group chat) iPhone app
Irunurun.com - app for goals/habits iPhone app
“Here are the best iPhone apps for 2016” - Business Insider

In the spirit of the new year we discuss New Year's Resolutions and the goal strategy in the book The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than You Do in 12 Months and other apps to help you with goal setting in Michael Hyatt's blog post: 7 Apps to Help You Achieve Your Goals and Build New Habits.

Here's Theresa's New Year's Resolution:


We also share the new podcasts we are listening to:
This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt





                                

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Episode 83: Support for New Administrators


In this episode we discuss a couple of great resources for New Administrators: #NewAdminChat and #SAVMP.





We were joined by Emily Clare and Jeff Pricket to hear all about their new endeavor to support new administrators: #NewAdminChat which will be the first Tuesday of each month, kicking off for the first time on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00pm CST.  We encourage you all to join in to support new administrators and to also help promote this for any new administrators that you may know. 


Another great resource for new and experienced administrators is the School Administrator Virtual Mentor Program, known as #SAVMP http://savmp.edublogs.org.  This program was started originally by George Couros, taken over by Amber Teamann for a year and organized by our very own Theresa for years 3 and 4!  Mentors and Mentees are matched up based on the information that is entered into the application, which you can find HERE.  Mentors and Mentees can plan to connect on Voxer and Twitter, as well as blog throughout the year on topics given out for the #SAVMP group.  This year, Theresa is adding a gamification component for members to earn badges! #SAVMP is a great program that both veterans and new administrators have enjoyed learning from. 

Whether you are a new administrator or a veteran, we encourage you to not only get involved with both of these supports to grow as a mentor, learn along side colleagues, and challenge you to share these resources with others to get connected as well. 

We also have a giveaway...the book I'm In The Principal's Seat, Now What? If you are a new administrator or know someone who is and would love this gift, please tweet us, using #principalpln to tell us why you want this book or who you know would. 



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Episode 82: Random Thoughts in the August "Crunch Time"


In this podcast, Spike and Jessica talk candidly and randomly, with no podcast plan!  Listen to hear their conversation of everything in their heads at this point in time... about what's on their to-do lists to get ready for the school year, what they're listening to, etc.

We're all down to crunch time to the start of the new school year! Are you feeling like this?

As has been previously shared in our podcast notes (a year ago), here is an example of Jessica's summer to-do list, which Spike refers to as her "playbook."

We may not have gone on any exciting vacations this summer, but our book did! Check out where Kathi Kersznowski took our book this summer:








We also chatted about what other podcasts we've been listening to:
UnearthED by Brad Gustafson and Ben Gilpin
MyBad

Jessica raved about EduCLIMBER, an amazing data warehouse that is one place to track every source of student data (tests, attendance, behavior) keep track of interventions to monitor progress and even have a student app to track behaviors in a Check In-Check Out system each day. Here's a great quick overview of what it looks like.

Spike talked about his recent experience of seeing Ken Williams speak at a local conference. Ken recently published Starting a Movement: Building a Culture From The Inside Out in Professional Learning Communities. Spike said he was able to use parts of this book right away as he worked with his staff on Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals.


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Episode 81: What is BreakoutEdu? with Guest Ann Smart


In this episode, we are joined by Ann Smart, an Ed Tech Consultant from Jackson ISD in Michigan to have her answer our question: What is BreakoutEdu? Listen to find out how you can use this for team building/collaboration in a staff meeting/PD to model taking risks and then let your teachers brainstorm how they could use this in their classrooms. There are many ways teachers are already using BreakoutEdu in their classes to make learning tons of fun!


If you are excited to get going with BreakoutEdu then here are some links to help you get started:

Follow BreakoutEdu on Twitter

Check the hashtag #breakoutedu

Join the Facebook Group to network with others for ideas


Pinterest Page of BreakoutEdu ideas

Here are some videos to help you learn more about BreakoutEdu:


Here are some pictures from Theresa's first experience with BreakoutEdu at #EdcampLdrMI:









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Friday, July 22, 2016

Episode 80: Leveling Up Your School Facebook Page with guest Melissa Emler




In this episode we chat with Melissa Emler, a former principal and now Director of Innovations, about using Facebook as your tool to communicate with your parents and community. While we thought we were great at using Facebook to communicate with our parents/community, Melissa blew our minds with awesome ideas and better ways to tell our story and engage our families!


Listen to learn how Melissa used social media interns to help manage her school Facebook page, which also helped her high school students learn digital citizenship and great communication skills.

Did you know that Faceook's algorithm has changed,  so unless you're posting something every day, your community is likely not seeing your school posts showing up in their feed! Melissa teaches us how to change this and how to inform your families of this change.  She talks about the use of Facebook analytics, how to make posting easier with a content calendar and then blew our minds about utilizing Facebook live.

Melissa hosts the podcast, On the Vendor Floor, and has a few episodes that you can listen to about managing your school Facebook page. You follow her on Twitter: @MelissaEmler

Some other great links to learn from:

Melissa's podcast series on Facebook for School Leaders

5 Mistakes You Are Already Making On Your School's Facebook Page

Social Media Intern Objectives and Expectations

Presentation Slides from one of Melissa's Conference Sessions



  Edited to add Jessica's screencast made to show her school community how to change their settings:


Here's a screenshot of Jessica's 2nd post on her school Facebook page with just a quick description for parents:



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Episode 80: Leveling Up Your School Facebook Page with guest Melissa Emler




In this episode we chat with Melissa Emler, a former principal and now Director of Innovations, about using Facebook as your tool to communicate with your parents and community. While we thought we were great at using Facebook to communicate with our parents/community, Melissa blew our minds with awesome ideas and better ways to tell our story and engage our families!


Listen to learn how Melissa used social media interns to help manage her school Facebook page, which also helped her high school students learn digital citizenship and great communication skills.

Did you know that Faceook's algorithm has changed,  so unless you're posting something every day, your community is likely not seeing your school posts showing up in their feed! Melissa teaches us how to change this and how to inform your families of this change.  She talks about the use of Facebook analytics, how to make posting easier with a content calendar and then blew our minds about utilizing Facebook live.

Melissa hosts the podcast, On the Vendor Floor, and has a few episodes that you can listen to about managing your school Facebook page. You follow her on Twitter: @MelissaEmler

Some other great links to learn from:

Melissa's podcast series on Facebook for School Leaders

5 Mistakes You Are Already Making On Your School's Facebook Page

Social Media Intern Objectives and Expectations

Presentation Slides from one of Melissa's Conference Sessions



                             



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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Episode 79: Live Podcasting from #NAESP16

Brad Gustafson and Theresa Stager joined forces during a live podcasting session at NAESP. The demo took place in the Innovation Lab, and offered participants a quick glimpse of how to create a podcast, set-up a green-screen, etc. Principals were asked to share their "one" take-away from the conference during the unscripted podcast. 




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