ILASCD Journal

Winter 2016

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Article Leveraging Technology to Empower Change Agents Laura Ferell Each year, our district implements a one-word theme that calls upon all stakeholders to focus their daily actions on a central concept. This year, we have asked students, teachers and parents to seeks ways in which they can EMPOWER others. The very definition of the word asks that authority be given, and in return, acted upon it. A big part of being a change agent, no matter your role, is to utilize the ability to empower those around you, via words and actions. Essentially, how can we share our daily practice in such a way that allows others to enter into our space and learn more? Technology is one key. It is an embedded piece of our daily interactions. Used with purpose, we can communicate and collaborate our learning in ways that can have global impact. Consider the following ideas when using technology to empower your school community. Creating At-Home Advocates CNN reports that nearly 6 billion text messages are sent a day. Capitalize on text-messaging technology using Remind. Send simple messages to a classroom of students, an after-school club, the PTSA or your administrative group. Added features include the scheduling of messages and the uploading of photos. Share some positive happenings in a quick, but powerful medium. Social Media Outlets Internet Live Stats reports that, "every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter … which corresponds to over 350,000 tweets Remind WINTER 2016 | VOLUME 62 | NUMBER 4 | PAGE 56

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