I saw a blurb in the October 2010 issue of Tech&Learning that directs readers to the report “School Principals and Social Networking in Education: Practices, Policies, and Realities in 2010.” A link to the free report can be found by going to the page linked below.
There are a number of interesting findings for educational leaders. One part that I found particularly interesting is that none of the responding principals felt their school or district policies are adequate for social networking. On the other hand, about half of these principals felt social networking was very valuable in terms of potential to providing value in education.
What does this say about a perceived need for structural leadership in these schools? Structural leaders, according to Bolman and Deal (Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, 2003) “create rules, policies, procedures, and hierarchies to coordinate diverse activities into a unified strategy (p. 14).
See the link below to access a copy of the full report.