Communication Tools For School Leaders

Communication today requires a clear eye on what is happening in today's web and mobile spaces. Everywhere people are easily and quickly keeping in touch via technology. What does this mean to schools or organizations? How can they select communications tools that make sense for their school or organization? As a beginning, knowing what each tool is and how it is used is very helpful. Then you can choose what works best for you! In a recent presentation to elementary school principals, I worked with Jim Meredith to present options to school leaders. Here is our list!

  1. Facebook

  2. Facebook Cover Maker/Facebook Profile Maker

  3. Twitter

  4. Email Blasts

  5. Text Alerts

  6. Events Online

  7. Blogs

  8. Podcasts

  9. Youtube

  10. Vimeo

  11. School Mobile Apps

  12. Website Makeovers

  13. Google Forms/Survey Monkey

  14. Google Docs

  15. Google Plus/Google Hangouts

  16. Google Communities

  17. Instagram

  18. Shutterfly/Flickr

  19. Pinterest

  20. Linkedin

Quick Response - QR Codes in Action

QR Codes



Do you have QR code scanner on your phone? Do you need one? Recently several people have asked about using QR codes. They are used in schools, businesses and more. QR stands for Quick Response. They do exactly what their name implies. If you scan them, they will give you a quick response! You will be directed to a website, image, video or other place where you will find more information. 

QR codes can be generated easily using any of a number of free QR code generators

  1. Google QR code generator - also has a Chrome extension so that you can easily create QR codes right from your browser. 
  2. Unitag - - this has many fun customizable options such as color, shape and logo. I want to explore this one further! Here is a handy how to for Unitag

and accessed using any QR code scanner app ((also free) code scanner. One I use is called I-nigma. I had students use this one too and it worked well in the classroom!


Uses in Education

Create QR Codes for quick student access to websites or apps they will be using in class

  1. Have students create QR codes leading to their work or online portfolio
  2. Have students create reviews of books or peer reviews. Teachers and students can easily access in class.
  3. Create stations for review and learning around the classroom. Make the codes available for home review also. 

Uses for Organizations, Business, Individuals

  1. Create a QR code for your business card leading directly to your website, Linkedin profile or online portfolio
  2. Create QR codes for upcoming events
  3. Create QR codes for any handouts, products or materials you distribute. 

Tools for Meetings





What is your favorite way to use technology at meetings? Meetings can easily benefit from regular use of online technology tools

Luckily many web tools can help simplify meeting planning, participation and documentation. 

View the list below - Add others in comments. 



Google Docs: Create a shared Google Doc for sharing meeting agendas and notes. Encourage people to add agenda items and ideas. 

Pinterest: Create a Pinterest board and invite teachers to add to it or create their own.

Edmodo: You can set up groups for grade levels and departments with this social network for schools. Share documents, set up polls, questionnaires, and more.

Google+ Communities: Create a social network for your faculty. They can share discussions, images, links, and more.

TodaysMeet: Create a backchannel for discussion in real time at meetings. Encourage teachers to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and give feedback. 

Twitter: Encourage your attendees to use Twitter to grow a professional network and to learn

Dropbox: Share files in advance for quick and easy access at any time.

Titanpad: Collaborate in real time with attendees and teams. Each user is assigned a color so that you can easily see who is editing. You can even co-create minutes

Mindmeister: Use this mindmapping tool for brainstorming and generating ideas.

Jing or Screenr: Screencasting tools for creating quick videos and tutorials. Though it may sound like a fad, the flipped meeting has much to offer. If it means bringing a better environment to meetings, it may be worth flipping for!

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