Sunday, June 9, 2013

5 ways innovative educators can spice up their Linkedin profile

Crossposted at Smartblogs

Linkedin is the 21st century resume. As such, part of supporting college and career readiness includes having an updated online image. It is important for educators to have a strong Linkedin profile not only as a model for their students, but also for families who want to find out a little more about their child’s teacher. Bonus points if your school website lists links to teacher profiles.

Just like with paper, you want your online professional profile to stand out and accurately represent your image. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1) Add pizazz to your summary
This is your opportunity to connect. Be fun. Be playful. Be professional. Draw readers in so they want to learn more.

2) Use your name to connect with Tweeps
If you’re a Twitter user, you may want to consider editing your name and putting your Twitter handle as your former name. That’s just another place people can then be directed to learn more about you.  It would look something like this: Lisa (@InnovativeEdu) Nielsen

3) Have a tantalizing title
Don’t just post your title. Share a little more.  Here’s what my title says.
Director Digital Literacy & Citizenship, NYC DOE
Passionate about real and relevant learning

4) Publications aren’t just from publishers
Have you published something? Awesome! Linkedin gives you a way to share that. Think wide. This doesn’t have to be with a book publisher or magazine. Maybe it is your class newsletter or your class constitution.

5) Checked out your Linkedin Map
Knowing the power of your network is easier with the Linkedin Maps. To get started, just go to, log in with your Linkedin credentials, and follow the steps. With your InMap, you can visually understand how to better leverage your professional network to help pass along job opportunities, seek professional advice, or gather insights.
(Update: This great tool is no longer available)

So, what do you think? Do you have some more ideas about how innovative educators can spice up their Linkedin profile? Are there some ideas here you find helpful? If so what are they and how do you envision using them?  

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