I fell upon this video by Tony Sinanis and his students. I was inspired by the way they decided to deliver a message to their school community and ultimately to the world.
Here are some things that I loved about this.
1. You are watching the principal immersed with his students using digital technologies. This reminds me of Chris Kennedy’s notion of “elbows deep in learning” with your community. Kudos to Tony for what he is modelling to his community.
2. Many people don’t feel the same connection to schools through “newsletters” as they would a video like this. If we really want to “humanize” our schools, video is a great way to do this. I felt a totally different connection to this video, seeing students, than I would reading a message from the principal only.
3. Instead of making a private link, Tony has shared this with the world. It is not only awesome to give kids an authentic, global audience, but it also is spurring ideas in others. I watched this with a group of principals and many in the room wanted to do something similar after watching. Tony’s students are inspiring others to action.
So…how are you sharing your school’s story and who is involved?