Today we look at how we can connect with other educators by taking advantage of online learning opportunities.
If you are a connected educator and leader, you will often hear of opportunities to learn online through, for example, MOOCs, webinars, internet radio, and Hangouts on Air. Taking part in these learning events allows us to connect through the chat or by taking a leading role, and often these connections lead to ongoing conversations, blog posts, and other forms of sharing.
Tonight, OSSEMOOC is offering and opportunity to learn about digital storytelling with two of the best in the “business”!
Join us here at 8 p.m. EDT for a fun look at digital storytelling. Our group task, and your challenge for today, is outlined here. Bring your phone or tablet, or do the task in advance, but be sure to participate!
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.
At Connect 2014, Dean Shareski invited particpants to consider two questions:
1) What did you learn today? and 2) How did you contribute to the learning of others?
Darren Kuropatwa facilitated the creation of a video of people in the audience sharing their responses.
The next weekend, at edCampIsland, participants were so intrigued by the video that they wanted to share their learning in the same way.
(You will notice that the first learning comes from the GAFE Summit in Kitchener (Be More Dog) and @shareski from SeLNO2013 (JOY!))
At the same event (Connect 2014), Darren Kuropatwa challenged us to become digital storytellers like this:
This week at OSSEMOOC, he asked us to do the same thing, but from the online, rather than f2f, environment. Even though we were scattered across the country, we were rockstars at this!
Today at our Ontario Provincial Digital Learning Meeting, I shared Darren’s work with the group, but I was also sad to have to say goodbye to one of our eLearning Contacts who is returning to the classroom next year.
I just bet he will take his mad skills in digital storytelling with him.
How will your work today continue to ripple through the lives of others and make a difference for our learners?