Service and the Social Media Connection



If it ‘takes a village’ to raise a child, it takes a network to cultivate a service program.

Twitter is an incredible tool for networking and nourishing our understanding of the concerns of our global village.  Twitter allows us to join movements, to use our tools for awareness and change. Twitter allows us to connect and expand, like this example courtesy of Blog Action Day:

Twitter also allows us to follow along with Malala Yousafzai’s continued journey in real time:


Hashtags are becoming part of our social activism toolkit:


The other thing I will add is that Twitter specifically has been interesting because we’re able to get feedback and responses in real time. If we think about this as community building, and we think of community building as a manifestation of love, and we think about love being about accountability, and accountability about justice, what’s interesting is that Twitter has kept us honest. There’s a democracy of feedback. I’ve had really robust conversations with people who aren’t physically in the space, but who have such great ideas. And that’s proven to be invaluable. (read full text here) ‘Hashtag Activism Isn’t a Cop-Out’ by NOAH BERLATSKY

New to twitter and interested in following others passionate about service learning? 

Start here:

  1. Gina Valverde


  2. John Howlett


  3. elizabeth burgos


  4. Cathryn Berger Kaye


  5. Philanthropy


  6. YSA


  7. UN Women with Youth


  8. Kailash Satyarthi


  9. Global Impact


  10. Stop Hunger Now


  11. Sue Stephenson


  12. IMPACT 2030


  13. #YouthSDGs


  14. UNYouth


  15. Jubilee Project


  16. Mcleo Mapfumo


  17. Global Daily


  18. GlobalOnenessProject


  19. Za’atari Camp


  20. UNHCR Innovation


  21. Sajjad Malik


  22. Nicholas Kristof


  23. A Path Appears


  24. Nadia Murad


  25. GCR2P


  26. Simon Adams


  27. Corinne Gray


  28. UN Refugee Agency


  29. TeamRefugees


  30. Aoife McDonnell


Which hashtags should you start following?








Read more on tags that have brought about awareness and change here.

Please recommend more thought leaders in the comment section below


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Let’s give them something to blog about.

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This March, join a movement to collaborate and create.

If you are willing and interested in networking your students with mine (and hopefully many more schools around the world), march towards this idea exchange.

Step One: Check out this Padlet of some 30+ blog prompts

Step Two: Get blogging (a little help if you are fresh to the blogosphere), get your students blogging, get your boss blogging.  Could you dedicate one class, one staff meeting, one lunch to a creative and collaborative act?


Worried about finding the time for blogging? Check out what George Couros has to say about the importance of students blogging AND why teachers need to join that blogwagon too.

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Step Three: Add your voice to the wall. Share a link to your post here.

Step Four: Respond, ask questions, shout out ‘bravo’ to your fellow bloggers. Comments matter, and in the wide world of blogging, listening is as crucial as sharing.

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Step Five: Invite others to join you and your students this month.  In our connected ‘One World Schoolhouse,’ we could all be doing more to network our students, to build bridges for ideation. Marching towards collaboration can happen one blogpost at a time, and it is something worth thinking about.Use the hashtag #March2C to connect with others around the world.

Marchtowardscollaboration(1)Image Credits

All via Flickr

“Quick Connect” by Martin Kuo

“Time Flies” by Robin Maben

“Only 20 Seconds to go…” by Jeff Wasson