The meeting today at IAPS HQ brought together Subject Leaders and Advisors for our Association. Having such an engaged body of professional educators provides an excellent means of communication, support and advice for our schools. It ensures that there is a focus on professional refreshment and the sharing/gathering of up-to-date, subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding.
A structure such as this can and will enable colleagues in a disparate range of schools to climb out of their silos; recognising that there is greater support for one’s own professional development in sharing and collaboration. The mechanism for this collaboration can be the use of social media tools, and blogging in particular. Following the example of Tim Pitman (@IAPSPHSE), other subject leaders will almost certainly follow after several positive discussions about the benefits of using social media in supporting colleagues.
So, to explain why the use of blogging and twitter in particular is of benefit in getting colleagues out of their silos, here is my pitch:
- Blogging establishes a presence in an increasingly complex, and often confusing, information-rich environment.
- A blog and twitter feed (and there are many other tools of possibility) enables you to curate, comment on, guide through and share a wealth of resources around your subject area.
- As a subject leader or advisor, colleagues are looking for a “go to” person; someone whose views, opinions and (more importantly) sources they can trust.
- Your subject needs and authentic voice. There is a lot of “white noise” across the Internet. Your blog and twitter feed will enable colleagues to tune this out and focus on the information that you are able to sift and filter on their behalf.
- Finally, the blog (WordPress, Blogger, etc.) is your repository of knowledge and opinion. The Twitter feed will then enable you to keep an ear to the ground and share what you have created and curated.
There is much more detail, but a look at the surface may at least invite you to dip more than a toe into the water.