At the CUE Rockstar TOSA Edition in early December I was part of a dynamic conversation about "how do teachers, coaches, principals, etc get their message out to their audience". We talked about using all types of tools from social media, email and of newsletters. This conversation continued by spilling over to various Voxer group chats and led me to really think about how and why I want to share out with my audience.
It's taken some time for me to finish this blog post, but here it is:
Newsletters. Yes those boring old publications that seem to have been around forever. What do they have to do with Ed Tech innovation and ideas? Well, in my role as a TOSA it has been one of the best tools to PUSH a message out to my audience in a consistent manner. I looked at different tools - many of which I am sharing below - picked one and stuck with a weekly regiment of sending them out every Friday.
In my newsletters I do several different things. First is the sharing of new ideas and innovations. Second is to spotlight teachers and others who are doing great things and third is to remind them to reach out to me with ideas, questions or comments.
It has been probably the most powerful tool that I have used all year to push ideas and open contact with myself and my teachers.
Now for regular classrooms teachers, the newsletter is a tool which has been used for years. Often this is a weekly email that is sent out to parents and that idea of constant communication should not change. I hope that teachers will look at some of these tools to see how they can possibly increase their engagement with their audiences.