Twitter is my go to...always my first choice for PD. Great way to connect and learn. You can also archive your learning through hashtags which really help if you are trying to find something later. This is the best way for me to develop my Personal Learning Network.
If This Then That Mobile
If This Then That is a great way to automate posts. You can set posts to run automatically or with a trigger like a hashtag. It can be done from your phone or desktop. In Fall Creek we allow posts with #gocricket to go directly to the front page of our website. Theoretically, someone could post something nasty, hashtag it with #gocrickets and it would end up on our page. To ease my mind a bit I set up a trigger in IFTTT so when the #gocrickets hashtag is used I get an alert on my phone. Works great!
If This Then That Desktop
If this then that makes it easy to move posts from one medium to another, but it also allows you the opportunity to get notifications and stay more connected.
Voice Recorder Pro
The Voice Recorder App is much more versatile than we thought. Essentially, record anything and then send it to multiple platforms. From podcasts to text message an everything in between. Very cool app. The autopost function in Twitter and FB can be a real time saver. It may not give you as much flexibility as you would have with IFTTT, but if you are just looking to get to multiple platforms it can be helpful.
The Power of Cards
Starting your day by writing 2 cards to people on your staff sets you up for success by forcing your mind to identify positive things happening in your space. If we are looking for the good things...we will find them. Writing them down and thanking people for their work develops a tremendous sense of trust.
Facebook to Twitter Auto
The autopost function in Twitter and FB can be a real time saver. It may not give you as much flexibility as you would have with IFTTT, but if you are just looking to get to multiple platforms it can be helpful.
Google Calendar Appointments
Google Calendar Appointments allow you to set up times throughout the day where staff can pick a time for walkthroughs or meetings. Easy access to classrooms is essential if you are Hacking Leadership!
Mobile Podcast Tools
Quick Audioboom and Spreaker tutorial to get you rolling on podcasting from your phone. There are multiple platforms for podcasting and these are just a few that have worked for us!
Taking Over a Class
Taking over a class is a great way to get to know kids and give your staff a break...here are a few tips to help out.
Social Media Interns
Social Media Interns are a great way to connect students to the social media presence. Melissa Emler started a Social Media Intern group when she was working at Shullsburg High School. Great insight from her here.
Press conferences are a great way to announce staff to the world. Here is a quick view of how we handle ours in Fall Creek.
Twitter chats are a great way to connect and grow together. In this video we talk about how to take part in a twitter chat, moderate a chat, schedule tweets, and archive the chat when it is finished.