Monthly Archives June 2013

Politicians Can Learn from Mayor Nenshi

When Naheed Nenshi ran for Mayor of Calgary, many never thought he had a chance. Not well known beyond his academic work and civic politics editorials, no “real” political experience and a failed bid to win a seat on the Calgary City Council in the 2007 election. When he did run for the seat, however, he put a huge effort into running a campaign that leveraged the reach of Facebook and Twitter, as a means of engaging the voters. The key word here is “engaging”. Unlike his opponents, or most politicians, his streams were not filled with push messages, but rather genuine Q & A, as he reached out to the people of the City to truly grasp what their concerns were and share his solutions.

His conversations were genuine, his humour and intel...

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Educate About Social Media Rather Than Banning It

When the Vancouver School Board announce that they were creating a new Social Media Policy of the School District and that the were looking for some public input, I immediately started that convo on Twitter. Soon the Vice Chair of the School Board jumped into the convo and, eventually, I submitted my two cents in the mix (writing about it in an earlier post, too).

The more I look at Social Media in the world of education, the more I see our system (in North America), banning or demonizing the medium, rather than adopting it. I have to wonder why.

I understand that the education system is slow to adopt many new things, because they need to review, assess, plan and develop what ever needs to be added into the curriculum...

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Viral Happens

Recently a teen from Parksville, British Columbia, a small community on the outskirts of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, discovered what it means to have something “Go Viral“. In her high school yearbook comment she paraphrased a line from a Harry Potter movie; “Master has given Megan a High School Diploma. Megan is freeeee!” When she was interviewed about the quote, she stated that she couldn’t think of anything “inspiring”, but, being a Harry Potter fan, she decided to put something fun in, instead. She never excepted it to become a Social Media and Internet sensation.

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Within hours of posting the image of her picture and quote on her Tumblr account, it had 50,000, then 100,000 views. When it was shared on Imgur.com and Reddit, that nu...

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Anti-Bullying Education Starts at Home

For years we have been watching the ebb and flow of anti-bullying campaigns. Something horrible happens, such as the death of a child that is attributed to bullying, and the media/governments/education system go into full focus mode. Soon, however, it subsides and things plod along until the next incident happens and the whole thing starts again. The problem is, however, that the focus never changes and the real resolutions to the problem are never really found or addressed. Another new program is started to educate kids, another training session is set up for teachers and administrators, but the a significant piece of the puzzle seems to be avoided, all together; parents.

I am going to say something here that will be VERY unpopular...

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