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Getting the Word Out: Blogging for School Administrators

Blogs are dynamic and powerful, creating a simple method to share multimedia on any subject imaginable. Coupled with the sharing goodness of social networks, your message can be magnified beyond measure, providing you a unique opportunity to keep your finger on the pulse of your educational community. Isn’t it about time you leveraged the power of online blogging tools to communicate your school’s mission and vision? Here are a few resources to help you understand the power of blogs.
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Getting the Word Out: Blogging for School Administrators
  • The Principal Blog

    Website Blog
    weprincipal.blogspot.com
    weprincipal.blogspot.com
    Steven Woods says:
    What I love about Melinda Miller's blog is its friendly feel. It looks polished, bright and fun. Melinda powerfully shares her administrative experience, mixed with what she has learned while covering class for teachers, learning memories from her childhood, techniques from her tenure as a teacher, and links to valuable resources she has put together carefully over time.
  • Steven Woods says:
    As an added bonus, I've provide a link highlighting the video blog of school principal Rick Piwowarski of Andrean High School. Rick leverages the power of the school's YouTube channel (yes, you get one with Google Apps for Education!) to introduce the community to the high school, as well as to highlight what's happening there. Why not hone your on-camera persona while providing your students the opportunity to record you and edit the videos to perfection?
  • Steven Woods says:
    An essential guide to starting out and maintaining your administrative school blog. How to begin, what to consider, calendaring topics, blog settings, obtaining feedback and more. This one is a purchase from Amazon, but well worth your investment.
  • Connected Principals

    Website
    connectedprincipals.com
    connectedprincipals.com
    Steven Woods says:
    This website is chock full of shared stories from school principals who all blog, and want to support each other. What better way to begin your journey than by joining them as you become an emerging blogger!
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Principals Blog to Share School News

    10 minute read
    Steven Woods says:
    This article reminds school administrators that a blog is a fast and easy tool for sharing school related news items. I especially like how one principal incorporates recorded talks and music on his blog, to generate interest in the content.
  • edudemic.com
    edudemic.com

    20 Education Administrator Blogs

    5 minute read
    Steven Woods says:
    Want to see how other administrators are taking advantage of the simple-to-use multimedia forum provided by blogs? Take a look at 20 very different ways school administrators are using blogging tools to get the word out to their students, staff and community at large.
  • Steven Woods says:
    This dissertation, written with the help of 50 administrators, details how blogs provide a clear vision and goal for the school, an open communication forum, and a method of advancing professional development. Principal blogs were found to be supportive of a school's overall mission, and helped to identify them as a leader in all areas, including technology. As many survey participants stated, administrators considering adding a blog to their suite of communication tools should “just do it”.