Is experience overrated in a knowledge age?

An interesting view on the education industry and how it should be taking best practices from the business world to attract and retain talented staff. …

In my experience, the education sector can only benefit from the innovations and ideas from other sectors and industries.  I think we should be examining the underlying philosophies, principles and practices that make an organisation successful in a knowledge age and how schools can learn from or even adopt similar practices.  Yet there is still a reticence to do anything that has been cultivated from without the education sector.

Everything is evolving in a connected world and it seems the game-changers are companies like Amazon and Google including how they employ and retain creative staff.  It seems that potential is more valuable than experience in the 21st century according to article in the latest Harvard Business Review.

The article’s author, Claudio Fernandez-Araoz says believes we are moving into a new era of talent spotting, in which ‘potential’ is the ‘most important predictor of success at all levels.’  Fernandez-Araoz says that the…

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The Right and Wrong Times to Post Social Media Content

14 May 2014

The article below from Social Media Today looks at optimal times of the day and week to post to social media. As a school, have you given thought to when your school community may be the most receptive? Have you tried testing the times of the day you send out email newsletters and tracked open & click rates? You may be surprised at when your content is being read by busy families on the go. Read more below for some further tips …

The Right and Wrong Times to Post Social Media Content | Social Media Today.

Is your School ready for Social Media?

23 April 2013

ready or not

Like it or not, social media is changing the way individuals and business interact. So why is it that schools have been a little slow on the uptake? No time, no resources, lack of understanding, and  privacy concerns are common excuses for the hesitations schools have in embarking on the social media path.

With students already proficient at all things social media – be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pintrest, amongst others, wouldn’t it be great if schools took a leadership stance and embraced these platforms by showing everyone how engaging and positive social media can be when it’s done right?

Schools just need a few keen staff members or parents to get the ball rolling. It can be done as a step by step process rather than feeling overwhelmed by having to set up profiles across all social media platforms. Here are a few basic tips for schools to get the ball rolling:

1. Who are you looking to communicate with? Is it the parents and grandparents of the students, to let them know what’s happening at the school. Perhaps you’re looking to talk to ex-student / alumni to keep them actively engaged and involved in the school. Or is it a local community project / fundraising event your trying to promote? Once you have defined your audience it’s on to tip two …

2. There is no point developing an entire Twitter strategy if only 10% of your community actively use Twitter! Find out what social media channels your school community / audience is actively using. This can be done via a quick email survey or via an online poll on your website. Pick the most popular channel, and start with that first.

3. For most schools, Facebook will probably be the easiest place to start, and chances are, the majority of your school community are already using it. Think of Facebook as an extension of your website which also allows your community to comment and provide feedback.  Investigate different technology platforms that allow you to create content once, and post to your website, and other social media channels at the same – this will cut down duplication and save a lot of time.

4. Create a “content diary” which can act as a weekly planner to decide what content you’d like to share, and when. You can even prepare and source content in advance, and schedule to have it appear on your social media channels on a particular day / time.  For example, on Mondays, you may post the school’s sports results from the weekend, along with some photos contributed by parents at the match. Wednesday could focus on a specific class / year to detail what they are learning, excursions they are going on, etc. Fridays may include a weekly wrap up by the principal about any special events / visitors, achievements etc, during that week. Use your regular newsletter as a guide for the content you may post, and think of other ways of producing that message. For example, could the principal do a weekly wrap up via a short video that can be embedded into your Facebook page?

These are a few tips to get the creative juices flowing. I’m sure the students would also love to be involved in helping create content for social media, and are probably full of ideas the school had never thought of.

Once you have a few excited people in the school ready to champion social media, you’re well on your way. I’d love to hear of any exciting ways your school is using social media – please comment below.

 

All the children are above average

17 April 2014

I wanted to share an article I came across on Connected Principals, which looks at the use of testing children, and the monumental task of trying to offer each child a niche experience that works to their strengths and passions. This scenario would be nice in an ideal world of smaller class sizes, which affords teachers the time and resources to cater for all at an individual level, however catering for many in the best and most engaging way possible may be a more realistic goal for the majority of today’s classrooms.

Whilst there isn’t a single test that can accurately assess all children, we do need to continue to gather data from Baseline testing as a starting point to see what children know at a given point in time and whether they are improving on these skills, or staying stagnant. This is the only way to ensure both students, and teachers are heading in the right direction.

Take a read for yourself – the comments others have made at the bottom of the article also make for interesting reading.

Connected Principals article

Top 5 Problems with Technology in Education Today | EdTech Times

An interesting article from EdTech Times. Are you encountering these issues at your school – and if so, how have you tried to overcome them?

Top 5 Problems with Technology in Education Today | EdTech Times.

The 50 great books on education

An interesting article I stumbled across on The Conversation, with one person’s view on the must read books for teachers and those in education. How many have you read? Any other’s you’d add to the list?

The 50 great books on education

Haven’t you read Plato? Abee5, CC BY

Haven’t you read Plato? Abee5, CC BY

 

Sydney mum’s mission to prove the education department wrong

A controversial article in The Telegraph, which has prompted some rather harsh comments from readers. This comes back to the issue of coaching kids to get a place in gifted programs or selective schools. Right or wrong – it’s happening everywhere, so I guess this mum’s lesson is “if you can’t beat them, join them”?

Sydney mum Kate Mannix pictred with children Eleanor and Jack. Source: News Limited

Sydney mum Kate Mannix pictred with children Eleanor and Jack. Source: News Limited

Sydney mum’s mission to prove the education department wrong | thetelegraph.com.au.