We will spend the month exploring, unpacking, and discussing what we mean by the term learning. This will include:
building background knowledge through sharing and reading resources related to the topic
introductory Twitter Chat
co-creation of a slidedeck of our ideas
reflective Twitter chat
contemplative rewriting of our slides
culminating creation of reflection statements
We will use a knowledge-building approach to this event.
“If Knowledge building had to be described in a single sentence, it would be: ‘giving students collective responsibility for idea improvement‘. In Knowledge Building, students work together as a community to build and improve explanations of problems of understanding that arise from the group itself.” (We will be the students in this project!)
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.
Yesterday we looked at the important digital literacy skill of curation. Today, we learn to use a popular curation platform (Sccop.It) both as a place to gather curated material in areas you are interested in and as a place for you to share back content that you want to curate.
In a world of constant flux and change, waiting for the white paper on “best practice” may not be the best way for teachers to stay innovative and provide the best experience for students. What is the role of teacher as researcher? What does or could it look like to be in a state of perpetual experimentation?
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.
Much of the work we have done so far in getting connected has been about where to find information on the web, and how to share the valuable information with others.
But what if nobody created any of the resources you are sharing?
Your presence online is valuable because others are creating and sharing with you. You are a valuable part of your own PLN. Creating and sharing back with your colleagues is an important part of the process, and a valuable aspect of your own professional learning.
Today we start supporting you in the process of creating your own blog.
You can’t create a blog in ten minutes, so we have broken the process down into a series of easy steps. Our goal is to have your blog live online before the end of this 30-day series.
Are you ready?
First, what do we mean by the word “blog”? We need to have a shared understanding of what a blog is.
Edublogs, one of many possible platforms for your blog, has created this instructional video that will give you the basics of what a blog is in under four minutes!
The next step in setting up your own blog is making a decision about what platform you will use to host your blog. Many educators use one platform for student blogs and a different platform for their personal blog. How should you decide?
Edublogs recently did a survey of bloggers, asking about their platform of choice. Reading their comments might help you with your decision.
Of course, asking your PLN on Twitter what platform they use and why is an awesome use of your Professional Learning Network to support you in your work.
If your friends are already blogging, ask them what they use and why.
Once you have made your decision, it’s easy to sign up for a free blog.
(OSSEMOOC is currently using a WordPress.com site, and as we work through the components of blogs this week, we will be using examples from our own WordPress.com site. If you are really new to Web 2.0 tools, you may want to start with a WordPress.com blog and follow our tutorials. Once you understand the fundamentals, you can switch to any hosting site of your choice.)
If you are already a blogger, what tips can you offer new bloggers?
Today’s 10 minutes of connecting is a beginner’s look at collaboration with Google Docs.
There are very few places that don’t use Google Drive today to collaborate on notes, projects, presentations, thinking, etc.
Google Drive allows you to create different types of shared files, like spreadsheets and presentations. Google Docs is a starting place for getting used to using cloud storage and sharing documents with others.
We have embedded two instructional videos that begin at the very beginning – creating your own Google Drive. It’s a bit longer than 10 minutes, but we suggest that you watch them as far as you need to, and then go to your own Google Drive and practice.
For those already using Google Drive, this would be a great time to nurture others in learning to collaborate online using this tool.
If you are a Google expert, what resources would you suggest for those just beginning to use collaborative documents?
If you need more help with Google Docs or Google Drive, please feel free to tell us in the comments, or on Twitter @OSSEMOOC