Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Innovator: Joe Mazza, Director, Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership, North Penn School District, Lansdale, PA

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Innovator: Joe Mazza, Director, Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership, North Penn School District, Lansdale, PA

Article excerpt

* TOOLS FOR TRANSPARENCY

Much of what I'm now doing is working across 18 buildings, 2,500 teachers and 100 administrators to build capacity for using social media tools to be more transparent in our approach. The idea is not only to provide for current teachers' professional development, but to let the community see a new way of teaching, learning and leadership on a daily basis. I've been working with schools on things such as embedding Twitter feeds on teacher websites. Sounds simple, but not a lot of teachers are doing that and unless your parents are tweeting, how are they seeing everything you're sharing on social media on a daily basis?

* DO AS THEY DO

I'm a big believer that principals, superintendents and other leaders are dealmakers or dealbreakers in terms of this connected teaching, learning and leadership. If they can visualize how this works and how it takes the organization to a new level, they're more likely to model those tools and experiences, and that will take some pressure off of teachers to have to be traitblazers in their schools. It's up to all of us to model digital citizenship, to show kids what lifelong learning means, what it means to be a curious, inquisitive person who's always trying to find more information and to connect and collaborate, even from 10,000 miles away.

* MAKING CONNECTIONS

I have a Twitter account that I use to share different chat topics that relate to our school and organizational goals. I use the hashtag #ff to suggest Innovative teachers that people in the district should follow. I blog, sharing stories about where I am in the district and what the teacher I'm with is working on. …

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