How to Participate

The Community Structure and How to Participate
The community is woven out of several different social tools of the web. You can participate on many levels and with as few or as many of the tools of the community as you desire. The following describes the different aspects of this year’s community environment. Please take a moment to explore the possibilities. If this looks overwhelming and you are looking for a place to start, you might start by:

  1. FOLLOWING this conference blog site
  2. Follow the NAISAC Online Community Twitter account (@naisac15) at:
  3. Use the official hashtag on all of your social media posts such as Twitter. Official hashtag is #naisac.


Threaded Discussions
We are trying out several new approaches this year by adding low threshold threaded discussions to the community. These discussions are linked through the community pages such as Maker Space, Teachers Unplugged and Mindfulness. If you would like to add a threaded discussion to the community for a session you are presenting, simply email and share your request. We will create a new community page and add a discussion.

Interactive Maker Space
While this is not officially part of the online community, it will have a large presence in the community and is something you will want to explore when you visit the exhibit hall. It will be located just outside the NAIS Bookstore.


Word Press Blog-
NAIS 2015 Annual Conference Community Blog
This site serves as the main entry point into the community. From this site, you can learn about the community as well as keep up with any changes and events that may happen throughout the community. As events occur in other areas of the community, they will be reflected through this blog. Therefore, you will want to FOLLOW this site and visit it often. This would be a great site to add to your daily reading. This site contains all of the information you need to enter into the community conversations. It will also have regular posting related to events leading up to and throughout the conference. If you want to share the community with others, simply pass them a link to this site ( and invite them to join in the conversations.


The Daily Find
The Daily Find is a daily/semi-daily blog posting on the Annual Conference Community Blog that highlights events from the conference, blogs of other independent school bloggers and general events and news from the conference. This is a rich resource. The Daily Find is also shared with a larger community through various lists and associated established communities. You are encouraged to explore these for the gems they contain and to broadcast them widely within your own school community and beyond. The Daily Find is usually published a couple weeks leading up to the conference and continues for several weeks following the conference.


NAIS Connect- Annual Conference Community
As you may or may not know, NAIS has a new tool for hosting community conversations. This can be found linked off or accessed directly at This site requires that you set up a password, as it will allow you to join multiple NAIS Communities. Once logged in, simply click COMMUNITIES on the top navigation bar and select ALL COMMUNITIES. Find the NAIS Annual Conference (currently on page 3) and click JOIN. That is it. You are now a member of the NAIS Connect Annual Conference Community discussion board. Here you can share files, talk with other members on the discussion board, post a blog entry and more. The blog is a great place for those who don’t currently have their own blog and would like to post their thoughts and reflections regarding themes and things they saw and heard at the annual conference. The discussion board is where you can engage in dialogue with other members around a multitude of topics. The advantage of joining the NAIS Connect Annual Conference Community is that this is the one community feature that is designed to remain active after the rest of the online community goes dormant.


Official Hashtag: #naisac
What is Twitter?- Video
Twitter is a microblog where participants can leave a post of 140 characters or less. Now you may be asking…What can you say in 140 characters? I submit the Nike Swoosh as an example of what can be said with ZERO characters. You will be amazed with what you can learn from Twitter and how much information can be passed through this interactive space. You can simply choose to monitor the Twitter feed or you can join the fun and enter the conversation. Simply go to and setup your personal account. Then go to and click “Follow”. We will be using this account and others to post information throughout the conference.

We will also be using what are known as “hash tags” or #tags. NOTE: The OFFICIAL hashtag is #NAISAC. For each post you make through your twitter account related to the conference, simply type #NAISAC as part of the 140 characters. This will make your post show up in the conference feed as well as easily searchable by anyone at the conference or following the conference through Twitter. You can use a tool like Tweetdeck OR Hootsuite to search and pull all tweets with the tag of #NAISAC. You can also follow the conversation by simply going to and clicking “follow this list”. This will create a community of Twitter users and make it easy to follow throughout the conference The list name is NAISAC15 and is located at: If you use a hand-held device (iPhone, Blackberry, WM Phone or other smart phone, there are many Twitter applications that you can use on your device. This would be a great opportunity to explore these tools. 


The NAISAC15 Community Daily
This is an automated daily news paper that is created from the information shared by members of the NAISAC15 Twitter community. As members of the community share resources and ideas through Twitter, they are aggregated and categorized then presented as a daily paper. You will not want to miss this, as it can be a wealth of information.


NAISAC15 Annual Conference Storify
As the conference moves into full swing, stories surrounding specific conference events will be archived through this site as shared by members of the community via Twitter. This will be a great place to visit to see how others in attendance experienced a specific speaker, session and more. This will become a great resource that you can share with others across your community. Want to get something in the NAISAC15 Storify? Simply participate on Twitter as the featured speakers are sharing and you be a contributor to this archived conversation.

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