One of my favourite lines is, “We can use a lot of terms to describe math, but ‘new’ is not one of them …”. Brian provides some valuable logic about the meaning of “back to basics”.
Parents exist in a world bombarded by media reports of declining math scores. Our work as education leaders is in helping parents understand more clearly the importance of the processes we are using to ensure students fully grasp numeracy, rather than memorizing algorithms (as many of the parents were forced to do in school).
David writes about his thinking around the read-write web and how our ability (and, perhaps, our obligation) to contribute, changes the way we need to interact with our students.
How many of us have taken the time to think about this?
Where do we share our ideas around this shift?
His post reminded me of an example we used in our “30 Days of Getting Connected” Series. Ira David Socol writes about how change is not new, but in the Web 1.0 days, change was happening at a different level, and was not as apparent to us. Web 2.0, the read-write web, allows the ability to create and contribute, which results in change that impacts all of us.
For an excellent overview of Web 1.0 -> Web 2.0 -> Web 3.0 and its impact on learning and teaching, refer to the work of Dr. Jackie Gerstein here.
So how does the read-write web change our dynamics as a teacher?
OSSEMOOC will be taking a break from the regular Tuesday night “open mic” sessions during the month of December.
Throughout the next 3 weeks, we will be emailing, posting and tweeting about suggested good reads, writing prompts, asking questions and encouraging your continued involvement in building & sharing with your PLN.
We are already busy planning an exciting agenda for 2015, and will share details as we are able.
Congratulations! You have committed time over the past month to become a connected leader. You have found where the learning is happening. You have found places to connect with other colleagues who value learning in the way that you do.
What lies ahead?
Your thinking about your practice may have shifted significantly over the past month, but relationships remain at the centre of our learning.
Sometimes, as you share your excitement about what you have learned with your colleagues, you will feel like the voice of the “Lone Wolf”.
At other times, when you are with your “tribe”, you will feel like you are “preaching to the choir”. This too, has value.
As a connected leader, you are taking ownership of your own learning. Isn’t this exactly what you want for your students?
You’ve learned that Twitter is a 24/7 stream of learning for educators. Random captures of Tweetdeck demonstrate how many ideas are flowing at once.
Will Richardson shares eight attributes of modern educational leaders here. Understanding where to find the best and most current ideas about education is the first attribute.
Watch what happens when connected leaders understand the importance of networking for students:
Look at the number of comments on this blog! How powerful is this conversation among teachers and student about mindset and learning?!
Here is a sample of the kinds of conversations among teachers and students you will see on this class blog. Take a moment to comment on some of the student thinking.
As you continue to connect, you will experience magical moments, learning and connecting that grow from your open sharing. Alan Levine expertly collects these stories. I think Ms. Balen and Ms. Calder need to contribute to this collection!
“The power, the strength, the future of the internet as we know it now, depends on this two-way flow. Share openly, and then share your story.”
Congratulations! You have now spent 28 days learning how to be a connected leader.
Throughout this series we have emphasized the critical importance of Digital Leadership. Today we want to share some further thinking around this topic. In particular, consider the changing conversations around the concept of Digital Citizenship.
Here are a few opportunities to expand your thinking about the importance of being a networked lead learner.
In 2008, Ira Socol shared his thinking about why so few educators were connected leaders. Take a few minutes to read this excerpt, or click on the image to read the full essay.
Today, we often hear that it isn’t about the tools, it’s about the pedagogy. What does your experience tell you about this? Should we be teaching tool use explicitly in schools? How does this posting challenge your thinking about your leadership?
As leaders in education, we often think about the safety of children in online spaces. How do we best teach digital citizenship in our schools? Current thinking about this topic is shifting, as evidenced by the following conversation with Tanya Avrith.
If the idea that storytelling is important is a new one for you, we suggest that you take your 10 minutes today, and explore some of the resources below.
The importance of storytelling has been documented on many levels. Some of us came through a school system that de-emphasized the importance of stories, and valued the memorization of facts. We may need to relearn the power of stories, and how they can play a critical role in our work as educators.
If you have been actively working through the steps in this getting connected in ten minutes a day series, perhaps you are feeling a little overwhelmed about moving into the blogging world. To recap, the last few posts have covered: start a blog, a beginners guide, now what and blogging as a portfolio – all big steps in the online world.
Take a deep breath. In this post, we will share a few more tips from our own personal blogging experiences.
Your blog is your online space. In the beginning, you may feel like your finding your way – finding your online voice so to speak. It is all about perspective. You are writing for you: your voice, your topic choice, your timelines and your style.
Part of being successful as a blog author is setting realistic expectations for yourself. Seriously consider the:
frequency of posting: schedule vs just when it seems to fit
length of post – noting that not everything is thesis
the “why” – just sharing, a deeper look at something, an opinion?
time to find/obtain related media (links, graphics, videos)
style – write the way you like to write – this is you – be yourself
accept that your purpose and/or style may shift over time
This week, the Principal Associations in Ontario (OPC/CPCO/ADFO) are hosting a symposium for Ontario School Leaders on Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning. The learning is being shared using the hashtag #ontedleaders .
Now that you have started to create your own space for sharing learning, consider that your blog can also be your personal portfolio.
How can you set it up?
If you remember in our first blog video, the difference between “posts” and “pages” was discussed. “Posts” are your regular contributions to your blog – your writing.
We add new posts by using the “Add New” option on the left side of the dashboard.
Pages are listed on your blog and they contain information that normally you don’t change as frequently as your posts.
We add new pages by hovering over “Pages” and choosing “Add New”.
We name our page “Ontario Leadership Framework”.
Once published, we can see the page on the public side of our blog.
It is helpful to use subheadings for the different strands of the framework. It is simple to set up these pages.
Once again, we can add a new page. This time we call it “Setting Directions”. In the right margin, under parent, we choose our previous page “Ontario Leadership Framework”. This ensures our new page appears under the main heading.
Once published, we see “Setting Directions” under the Ontario Leadership Framework Page.
We can repeat the process for “Building Relationships and Developing People”, and the other strands of the Leadership Framework.
Clicking the “Setting Directions” heading shows us the page. As we work on our blog, posts that fit this strand can be added to this page.
A blog portfolio in progress might look like this:
Posts are added to the portfolio pages as they are written:
This is the basic Professional Portfolio set up. How can you personalize your blog and make this your own?
Please feel free to ask questions and share ideas in the comments.
If you have the opportunity to attend the #ontedLeaders Institute, please remember to share your learning with your colleagues who were not able to be at the event in person.
Over the past few days we have spent time setting up a blogging site. Now it’s time to start writing!
There are many reasons why educators use blogs in their professional learning. Today we will help you with a few prompts to consider how you can begin sharing, and some excellent examples of Ontario leaders who already blog and share.
Some educators begin by sharing the great work happening in their school or district.
When we have the privilege of travelling to conferences and other learning events, there is an obligation to share learning with those who were not able to attend. OCSB Principal Paul McGuire shares his ECOO #BIT14 learning here.
Perhaps it takes a challenge to get your first blog post published! OSSEMOOC has set up a few challenges in 2014. To start, we asked educators to simply share one thing they learned by asking the question, “What did you learn today?”. The results are found under “30 Days of Learning in Ontario” on this blog.
Then, we asked educators to pick one thing that caught their eye on social media, and share it (curate) with the world by providing a few sentences on the importance of the learning. These can be found under “30 Days – Picture and Post” on this blog. Both examples are great starting points for new bloggers.
This past week, #Peel21st started a Blog Hop with the question, “Learning in the 21st Century – What Does it Mean to You?”.
This week our OSSEMOOC open mic professional learning discussion and sharing forum will examine the topic of BYOD. There are many facets to explore including: shifting practice, IT planning, policies/procedures, digital citizenship and much more.
Please join us Tuesday November 25th (2014) at 8:00 p.m. EST in our online meeting space by clicking [here] any time after 7:30 p.m.
Spread the word, bring a friend and introduce them to the OSSEMOOC experience.