As I posted about last time, my superintendent is really reaching out to schools trying to learn more about what we do day-to-day, as well as what we could (and should) be doing in the future to help prepare our students to be successful in the 21st century (successful in both the professional and the personal sense). Today he sent me an email asking about ways we could solicit input from our stakeholders. He is thinking of different ways to organize face-to-face conversations with students (and others), but also wants to utilize some of the technology he has seen us use with students to further the conversation between him and our students, staff, parents and community.
I have some ideas on this (I always have lots of ideas, occasionally even a good one), but I wanted to pose this question to my “learning network” through The Fischbowl. So I would love to hear not only from students and teachers in my building and district, but from the rest of you out there. What are some good ways that our superintendent can use technology to carry out this conversation (in addition to the face-to-face meetings, not replacing them)? A Blog? A Wiki? A Podcast? Skype? Others? And not just the tech tool, but how would we organize and structure it? How do we make it useful to all involved without being too wide-open and free-wheeling? How do we supplement the face-to-face discussions in a way that doesn’t become overwhelming, repetitious or unhelpful? As we’ve seen with other superintendents who’ve tried something like this, things can get out of hand quickly if this isn’t structured well and the norms laid out in advance. And, like all superintendents, he’s incredibly busy, so this also needs to be as defined and efficient as possible.
So, if you’re a student or a teacher, a principal or a superintendent, a school board member or a parent, a web 2.0 guru or a newbie, or just somebody with a great idea – I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please keep your comments focused on the method, not on actually providing feedback.