This week’s Tuesday night session will be a discussion about “Reflecting on Learning” by sharing comments and insights on the first week of posts in the 30 Days of learning project. Check out the great sharing from week one here.
Join the meeting room by clicking [here] any time after 7:30. The session will run 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As we have travelled throughout the province this week, we have heard loud and clear that we need an easier entry point for our education leaders to start the connecting process.
Last Tuesday, connected leaders met to discuss how they became connected leaders – the catalyst that got them started. Here are some of the things we learned. Which of these do you need? Which of these can you bring to a leader you know to help them connect?
1. TIME! When can we possibly find the time to connect?
Educators are busy. Nobody disputes that! But could connecting actually make your life easier? YES IT CAN! You can pose a question on Twitter 24/7 and get an answer in minutes. We have heard many stories with this theme.
Learn to make time. Start with 15 minutes each day. Some of us do “Tea and Twitter”, some of us start our day with a cup of coffee and Twitter. Others put the children to bed and then have some quiet professional learning time on a social network.
A commitment of 15 minutes each day seems reasonable if we know there will be a reward for investing that time. As we move forward, connecting as a learner and modelling that learning will become essential. We would argue that it already is. It’s not going away!
2. A REASON TO CONNECT. Why Bother?
Many of us shared that we started connecting because we were faced with a professional situation where we needed help, and social media offered access to that personal professional learning we needed to be successful. Some needed help with implementing BYOD. Others found themselves in roles that were new to them, and they needed to connect to others with a similar role in the province.
Clearly an urgent need for information drove many connected learners to the habit of connecting and learning from their peers and experts in the field through social media.
But if our students are to be connected learners, we need connected teachers, and if we need connected teachers, our school and system leaders must model that connected learning.
3. HOW DO I START? What Do I Do First?
Once you have set aside your connecting time, plan what you will do with it. Perhaps lurking is a good start.
Read a blog.
Get a twitter account.
Follow some educators on Twitter (email ossemooc at gmail.com if you need suggestions).
Find a connected educator close to you and ask for help.
Make a plan to move forward.
Register to attend a conference about connected learning.
There are literally hundreds of Twitter chats for educators. Recently, we have heard that there are many educators who love to lurk on Twitter chats to learn from the conversations. Whether you participate in the conversation, or you just want to sit back and learn at this point in your personal growth, here are some of the MANY twitter chats that are worth your time.
As many of you head out for your March Break, keep in mind the learning we have done around the idea of making your thinking visible through blogging, learning by reading blogs, and taking the time to encourage bloggers with your comments.
Join us for a session on Mobile Learning with guest presenter Rob De Lorenzo.
Rob has been involved in mobile learning as long as I can remember. Back in 2007, when most people had not heard about web 2.0, Rob was already predicting the importance of mobile technology for learning.