Planning for Higher Education Journal

Social Media as a Professional Support System for Educational Leaders

Our Google+ Hangout Journey
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From Volume 43 Number 4 | July–September 2015
By Kimberly Hartung, Trish Harvey

Our School of Education received a grant to mentor new educational leaders through an induction program. Acknowledging that the school’s knowledge and use of digital tools was lagging, our dean of education proposed incorporating technology into the induction program. Recognizing that social media is widely used for both professional development and networking, we implemented the use of Google+ Communities, specifically Google Hangouts, for mentorship, collaboration, and professional training. We focus on how embracing social media led to shifting our approach—challenging mind-sets, technology skills, and past practice. Basically, we needed to change our practice to meet the needs of our learners.

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