Yesterday evening, we had our first #mertonint chat for our school. We began the night with a twitter tutorial for 30 minutes for the one staff member (@MrsJones_Merton), one parent, and seven students. The students used their chromebooks during the chat and tweeted out posts with Mrs. Jones' classroom account (@jonesclass103). It was an exciting evening for all of us in attendance.
I really didn't know what to expect in terms of attendance, but those who were there really enjoyed the conversation. We even had a principal from California (Adam Welcome- @awelcome) visit our chat! The excitement of the students making connections with another school principal was awesome.
This was our first effort in having a chat for our school and the topic was "Sharing our school story". Instead of the normal hour long chat, we decided to try a half hour the first time. Some may be disappointed with our turnout, but I realize it takes little steps to build the capacity to have these conversations include more voices. The ideas that were shared helped me better understand how I can share our school story on twitter and in my weekly smore. Here is a link to my smore from last week.
Telling our school story is an important part of my job as a principal. I have used twitter to share our story but I also have a webpage that I update often. My webpage has daily announcements, a link to my Friday emails, this staff blog, and school board presentations. Anyone who wants to know something can probably find it there. I would love to know other ways that you share your school story with your families and the community.