Here are my notes from the session about heads of schools that blog:
Blogging Heads: Michael Ebeling (Summit School summitschool1.blogspot.com), Josie Halford (Poughkeepsie Day School), Jonathan Martin (St. Gregory College Prep School)
Josie – I’ve been blogging since 2006, because a head needs to be present everywhere, including online.
Jonathan – Blogging is a discipline. A journal of what I am learning and observing.
Michael – What feeds my blog is “Cultivation of Voice”.
Jonathan – Blogging ought to be an expression outside of the perfection of published reports.
Michael – There is a distinct difference between blogging and tweeting.
Josie – it feels weird to have readers from all over the planet.
Q: What is your most memorable post?
Josie – I found a story about 14,000 cats dropped on Borneo. Was it true? I looked up flight records of the RAF – got the facts. Lots of response to that post.
Michael – I asked my teenage daughters for recommendations on how to start my school year. They gave me Top 10 list.
Jonathan – TED Talk on Crowd-Accelerated Innovation. Blog stats promote innovation. I post my talks to students online, so parents can see them.
Q: What is the relationship between Twitter & Blogger?
Michael – Twitter is my single most important source of information sharing.
Josie – Twitter is a huge timesaver. It’s an extraordinary tool for professional development.
Jonathan – Many of the things I learn about come from Twitter. It is a powerful collaboration tool. (note: find “Connected Principals”). I’ve found that if you reference a book, the author often contacts you.
Q: Are there any taboo topics?
Josie – I always think about the mission of my school when blogging.
Jonathan – When evaluating another school, I certainly won’t blog.
BTW – faculty love a favorable mention on a Head’s blog.
Q: How do you avoid the narcissism blogs can lead to?
Josie – It’s a constant struggle
Michael – have guest bloggers. I have an “Inspired Learning” series.
Jonathan – My blog is not contained within the school’s website. I don’t expect anyone at school to be reading my blog.