Digital Leadership

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) — Standards for Administrators:

“ISTE Standards for Administrators (ISTE Standards•A) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to support digital age learning, implement technology and transform the education landscape.

Transforming schools into digital age places of learning requires leadership from people who can accept new challenges and embrace new opportunities. Now more than ever, the success of technology integration depends on leaders who can implement systemic reform in our schools.” (accessed from on July 6, 2014).

George Couros (@gcouros), Division Principal for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division, Principal as Lead (Networked) Learner. On this blog, The Principal of Change, he regularly writes about using technology and social media to create innovative learning for students and educators. On his blog, he has posted Social Media for Administrator, an excellent compilation of resources for learning more about the why and how of social media for educational leaders.

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In Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times, Eric Sheninger,(@NMHS_Principal), Principal of New Milford High School, NAASP Digital Principal Award Winner (2012), makes the case for why schools must change and what skills and behaviors educational leaders need to develop to lead the transformation of learning. He outlines the Seven Pillars of Digital Leadership that include: 1) Communication, 2) Public Relations, 3) Branding, 4) Professional Growth and Learning, 5) Student Engagement and Learning, 6) Opportunity and 7) Learning Environment and Spaces.


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Kristen Swanson (@kristenswanson), BrightBytes Senior Research Leader, Adjunct M.Ed. Professor, GCT, Edcamper, TedXPhillyEd Speaker, Keystones Tech Integrator, Teacher, Learner. Kristen is also a founding member of the EdCamp Foundation, an organization that “builds and supports a community of empowered learners” through unconferences known as “EdCamps” — designed specifically for educators and focuses on their learning needs.

Kristen’s book, Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning, is an excellent resource on digital tools that you can use to pursue your own professional learning  “through active curation, reflection, and contribution to a self-selected collaborative space.”

Resources to Get Started:

Personal Learning Network (PLN) Resources — I have compiled a list of resources to get started building your PLN, including blogs to follow, Twitter basics, and more.

DIY: Professional Development Resource Round Up (Edutopia) — An excellent collection of online resources, including blog posts on how to develop a personal learning network, using Twitter for professional learning, and more.

I have been writing and sharing my journey as a connected learner and leader through my blog. You can find some of my blog posts that focus on social media; using digital tools for professional learning, communication, and networking. I hope you find them helpful.

Getting Started: Connected Educator Month #CE13 — In this post, I share why it is important for us to connect to pursue our own professional learning. I also share resources to get started on developing your personal learning network and how to use Twitter to connect with other educators.

Opening Our Doors… #NBCueMarin — In this post, I shared some powerful examples of connected learning and leading. As a participant in the North Bay Cue conference, I had the opportunity to learn from three educational leaders who are using social media and digital tools to enhance their own work, student learning and to reach out to tell the stories of their school.

On the moral obligation of sharing — Last summer, I had the opportunity to participate in an online course on Digital Leadership through the Powerful Learning Practice network. During the course, the facilitator, Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), elementary instructional technology integration coach and former elementary principal, provided us with resources on why it is important for us share our learning through social media and blogging. In this post, I wrote about my reflections on how networking benefits us in our work, but also how our sharing serves a larger purpose of transforming learning for our students.

Stepping into the social media landscape — In this post, I shared my own journey as I began using Twitter for my own professional learning. I also include resources for getting familiar with Twitter and ways that educational leaders can use social media in their work.

Moving forward in the face of fear — In this post, I urge educational leaders to  move beyond fear of social media to embrace new tools. I also included a review of Charlene Li’s book, Open Leadership, that looks at ways leaders can navigate the social media landscape to connect more meaningfully with their communities.

Why Twitter is the hub of my personal learning network — In this post, I shared an experience that really showed me the potential power of Twitter to connect with other educators across the globe to benefit students in my district.

A Personal Challenge for the New Year — In this post, I challenged myself to begin blogging as a way of committing to my own growth and to contribute to the conversations taking place among educators about how we can create innovative learning for our students.




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