Why Digital Leadership is Essential

Our teens and “tweens” are on social media – a lot!

Take a moment to watch the CBS summary of the MediaSmarts report on social media use by teens and tweens.

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CBS video on the MediaSmarts report can be found here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/common-sense-media-report-reveals-new-facts-about-kids-use-of-technology-social-media/

Eric Sheninger says:

With society becoming more and more reliant on technology, it is incumbent upon leaders to harness the power of digital technologies in order to create school cultures that are transparent, relevant, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring.

Pillars of Digital Leadership, p.1

We can no longer ignore the fact that the world has changed, and schools that do a wonderful job of preparing our students for what the world was like in 1990 are no longer meeting the needs of our students in 2015.

School and system leaders must have strong competencies in digital literacies so that they can model the kind of learning that our students need.

In particular, our school and system leaders need a strong understanding of social media.

“Social media in all of its many forms and functions, is simply a tool to engage in conversations. In a sense, it levels the playing field by providing all leaders the same sandbox to play in. The resulting conversations that take place in these social spaces has the ability to radically transform professional practice.

Pillars of Digital Leadership, p.1


It is worth reading Eric Sheninger’s full Monograph on Digital Leadership, available here.

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If you are new to Twitter, you may want to take part in the OSSEMOOC course: Twitter for Absolute Beginners.  This video explains how Twitter can be used for educational purposes, even if you have not signed up for an account.


Here are some of the things we learned on Twitter today.

  1. Heidi Siwak was the final keynote speaker at #BIT15. Her amazing presentation can be found here.  Today she also shared on Twitter, a video explaining the ladder of inference, something she referred to in her presentation.  This is worth your time to learn more about.Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.03.51 PM

2. Patrick Miller shared the Freakonomics podcast on the importance of failure.  This is worth a listen!

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.03.23 PM3.  Brian Harrison shared this important TED Talk on the importance of courage – and which critics are important.

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How do you share the things you learn every day?




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