In terms of making connections, it is natural to start in a comfortable place, perhaps by following people in your own organization and/or noting people with similar interests or professional focus. Over time, you will be strategic about developing your network with some consideration to ‘access’as noted in ourday 2 post – “access to people, their time and expertise, questions, answers, viewpoints, resources, and new ideas”.
Enjoy an opportunity to explore new connections through the day 6 activity.
Yesterday had the perfect start – a deep dive conversation with Donna Fry about the why — why connect through social media that is.
Something stayed with me after our conversation – the word “access”. Building connections gives you access – access to people, their time and expertise, questions, answers, viewpoints, resources, and new ideas. This is all part of exploring, learning and pushing your thinking. Leveraging your connections leads to new learning, new perspectives and change of practice.
As you think about your role as a leader during the 2015-2016 school year, you know that being connected is an important part of your work. A simple first step to connecting with other leaders around the province and around the world is learning to leverage social media for professional learning.
Educators learn and share together on Twitter.
Update: CBC’s interview on why principals and teacher must be on social media
OSSEMOOC is an open support system for leaders to learn to connect and self-direct their professional learning. A perfect starting point is to get connected on Twitter.
If you are uneasy about getting on social media, here are some steps you can take to access professional learning anonymously. This is a great starting point for beginners.
On May 5, 2015, we shared how you can use Twitter as a public library. Read the full post and access all the resources here or start with just the short screencast below.
Once you are ready to be a participant on Twitter, this resource will help you get started.
This short screencast shows you what you will learn.
Check the OSSEMOOC site daily for more support in becoming a connected leader in 2015-2106.
If you are reading this, you already know that the world is changing, and you know that as a leader in education you need to be connected. But where do you start?
This month, OSSEMOOC is taking you from beginner to connected in 10 minutes a day.
In education, we work long hours, and boundaries between home life and work can blur. We know we need to learn, but finding the time is challenging.
If you can commit to finding 10 minutes to connect each day in November, we will help you establish some habits of connecting, creating and sharing that will start you on the road to becoming a connected leader.
So let’s begin!
If you feel a bit unsure when it comes to technology, here is a great place to start working on your mindset for learning.
The next video is old (2008) but still relevant as we consider why taking the time to learn to be a connected leader is critical to the success of our students.
Now in our remaining three minutes, let’s consider the video that supports Ontario’s renewed vision in education (follow the link in green). What are the needs of our students in today’s world?
“I’m an Ontario student, and my world is constantly changing. I live in a world where technology is everywhere. I can connect with a friend in another part of the globe, just as easily as I can with a friend down the street. When I graduate high school, I will enter a world that is more competitive and connected than ever before. My education will prepare me for that world. My school will be a place where my friends and I can be successful, regardless of where we come from. A place where we are inspired to learn by engaging teachers using new technology. Our diversity will not be a barrier, but rather a reason for our success. We will develop the strength of character to overcome obstacles and be resilient, whatever comes our way. We will feel safe and welcome, and know that our well-being is supported inside and outside of school. We will be the innovators, community builders, creators, skilled workers, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow. As an Ontario student, I will achieve excellence.”
In your last minute for today, consider the reasons why it is so important for education leaders to own their own learning, and to connect with other educators online. Perhaps some of the resources posted below will be helpful to you.
Learning through online videos is just one of the many ways you can direct your own professional development.
Check back here tomorrow as we start looking at how Ontario education leaders are making their thinking and learning visible.