At last year’s 21C Roundtable, there were many conversations about how to spread “best practice” around the province.
Over the past year, speakers such as Pak Tee Ng and Simon Breakspear have emphasized that learning is contextual, and a “best practice” in one setting might not translate well into another setting, but educators can adapt and adopt the ideas of others to suit their environment.
One great way to spread “best practice” is to have educators share their work and their thinking openly on their blog.
While I read Jamie’s blog faithfully, I was particularly drawn to her post entitled “Team Teaching“. It’s a powerful post, in that Jamie reflects on her own state of mind during this busy time, her conversations with her colleague, Andrew Bieronski, and his visit to her classroom. But the real gem is the documentation of the student voice after the visit, and Jamie’s reflections on how team teaching might change the learning opportunities for her students.
As leaders, how can we enable, encourage and nurture this type of open practice (team teaching, deep conversations about learning, and blogging/sharing openly)?
Take a moment to comment on one of Jamie’s rich posts, and consider how her work can inform the work of other educators in 2016.
Today is Day 15. If you are just starting today, please feel free to work on this session, or to begin on Day 1.
If there is no sharing, there is no learning.
Bloggers take time to share. They make their learning and thinking open and searchable. Taking time to read educator blogs helps you to learn from practitioners and to challenge your understanding of best practice.
How do you nurture those who model sharing and connected learning?
Take a moment to thank a blogger, to comment on a connection, to extend their thinking or to share a related story. Let them know you care.
Yesterday we looked at curating information purposefully using Scoop It as a quality tool for this purpose. In some ways, Twitter is a multi purpose tool belt. Today we return to twitter to examine ways to use it as a curation tool.
As part of the Day 14 activities, we introduce you to Silvia Rosenthal Tolisanowho has written extensively about using Twitter for curating information.
Graphic adapted from https://twitter.com/langwitches/status/525916565170966530
We look forward to hearing about your curation experiences.
One of the most powerful aspects of our connected journey is making connections and information “work for us” by informing (and challenging) our professional practice. There is no doubt that we live in an information rich time, so having tools to help us locate and organize information relevant to us is important.
What’s the Scoop?
The getting connected task for today is to explore a curation tool known as Scoop It.Day 13walks you through taking a look, signing up and curating your own content.
Today is Day 12.If you are just starting with us today, you might want to check out Day 1 here.
We often hear from teachers and leaders who have just had their “coming out of the cave” moment – that realization that their colleagues are learning together in powerful ways online, and they had no idea they were missing out.
Suddenly they realize that the information flow is just too overwhelming. They don’t know their next step.
Curation is a way to start making sense of the information overload that is social media and the web. Curation is the process of sorting and sifting through, sensemaking and organizing, and sharing back the information that you think is valuable.
Curation is a critical digital literacy.
Connecting with great curators will enhance your ability to effectively and efficiently learn online.
Today we begin to explore the importance of curation for educators and learners of all ages.
Congratulations on continuing to become a connected leader!
Today is Day 11.If you are just starting with us today, you might want to check out Day 1 here.
OSSEMOOC is a project of OSAPAC, and over the past three days, the OSAPAC group has been meeting f2f in Toronto, doing incredible work for Ontario students.
On my way back to northern Ontario, I was reflecting on what a privilege it is to be part of a group of educators so passionate about what is best for children, so knowledgeable about digital resources and so determined to make a difference. I am proud to have them in my PLN, both face-to-face as it was this past week, and over social media, as we work together until our next opportunity for a f2f session.
My Professional Learning Network is critical to my success as an Ontario (OCT) educator.
Today is Day 8. If you are just starting with us today, you might want to check out Day 1 here.
The world is changing so fast. We all need to be Lead Learners.
We can’t just tell others what they need to do in 2015 – we have to model it, and model the learning.
The power of Twitter is that you can easily find best practices and curated resources 24/7. Much of what we do is asynchronous. We put out a question, and others answer when they can. We have ten minutes, and we look for resources that have been posted earlier.
But with Twitter Chats, our learning suddenly becomes synchronous – online here and now with colleagues, passionately sharing, asking, pondering, wondering around predetermined questions.
Sometimes chats are really popular and move quickly. Sometimes fewer people participate and it is easier for newly connected leaders to contribute as they feel more comfortable in the environment.
We would like to share two popular Ontario Twitter chats with you today.
#literacyon – This Twitter chat is held on the last Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check out the Storify of the most recent chat here.
Sometimes we have spontaneous Twitter chats around events. Here is a great example of a student-initiated Twitter chat around a panel discussion they were live streaming. It’s worth your time to check it out!
Social note taking is the process of recording what you are learning in social media so that many people can learn with you.
During education conferences, attendees take notes on Twitter so that those who are unable to attend in person can learn from the Tweets. The culture is participatory, so that conversations emerge from the Twitter stream among educators who are separated geographically.