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Who’s Who in K-12 Social Media


Are you building your online Personal Learning Network (PLN) to help you find and share great ideas? Many people in K-12 have discovered that building an online PLN is one of the fastest and best ways to ask questions, find answers and get inspired by what others are doing.

Here are a just a few of the influential voices in K-12 that will give you a great start for your PLN. Find and follow them on Twitter or their blogs to start learning, sharing and growing!

1. Eric Sheninger

Principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, contributor to theHuffington Post, author, blogger, public speaker… Eric Sheninger is one busy guy! Featured in both Scholastic Administrator and Principal Leadership, Eric is an advocate of using social media and technology to engage students, and his posts are full of interesting and practical ways to use 21st-century technology to improve teaching, administration and student learning.

Interesting Post: People Make the Difference“The power and value of social media lies in the PEOPLE that connect, converse, engage, and learn in these spaces.”

Follow Eric on Twitter, his blog, Google+ and even Pinterest!

2. Diane Ravitch

Diane has an impressive background, including work for the U.S. Department of Education, serving as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and teaching history and education at Columbia University. Diane now serves as Research Professor of Education at NYU and is known for her outspoken views on education and critique of quick-fix reforms.

Interesting Post: Is the A-F Grading System Fatally Flawed? — “The evidence is now overwhelming that test-based accountability encourages a slew of negative behaviors, including teaching to the test, narrowing the curriculum, cheating, and gaming the system.”

Follow Diane on Twitter and her blog.

3. Tom Whitby
Tom is perhaps best known for founding #edchat, the popular hashtag and discussion group on Twitter for educators and administrators. Also the founder of the Educator’s PLN, LinkedIn groups and more, Tom is an adjunct professor at St Joseph’s College in New York and draws on more than 30 years of educational experience to raise great questions and start conversations.

Interesting Post: The Big Lie in Education “The real world for kids does not begin when they graduate. They are living in the real world now.”

Follow Tom on Twitter and his blog.

4. Steven Anderson

With more than 70,000 Twitter followers, Steven is the Director of Instructional Technology for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. Steven is an active educator, blogger and public speaker who co-founded #edchat, received the Edublogs Twitterer of the Year Award and was recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader. In addition to organizing the topics for #edchat’s Tuesday discussions, Steven shares great tips on apps, social media and other ideas for educators.

Interesting Post: 5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) The School Year With “Planning for technology is an ongoing process that needs evaluation and reflection. And it is important to involve all stakeholders in that process.”

Follow Steven on Twitter and his blog.

5. Justin Tarte 

Dr. Justin Tarte is the Director of Curriculum and Support Services for the Union R-XI School District in Missouri, and he’s been a building administrator and a teacher. Justin draws on his experience to share big-picture ideas on teaching and education – and some fun stuff, too!

Interesting Post: Read My Blog, Not My Resume… “I want school districts to start expecting prospective candidates to have a digital presence or some kind of portfolio showing their thoughts and beliefs about education.”

Follow Justin on Twitter and his blog.

Who else is in your Personal Learning Network?

Allison Wert

Allison (Ali) Wert is the Content Marketing Manager of the award-winning content team at Frontline Education. She has been writing about education topics for nearly 10 years and specializes in best practices for K-12 strategic human capital management. Under her leadership, the team at Frontline was recognized as the Winner of CMA's 2017 Project of the Year and Best Content Marketing Program. Ali also helps to manage marketing for the Frontline Research & Learning Institute and The Line.