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Keynote given September 2012 in Istanbul at the aPLaNet launch conference

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  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Mention that mentoring means different things to different people. Ask the audience: What does mentoring mean to you? Respond to the comments, then... Mention that this quotation perhaps best sums up the spirit of mentoring on the aPLaNet project Tell audience that if they want to read more about mentoring in general and how it fits in with our project, we recommend the first section of our Mentors guide, now available online.
  • Mention that mentoring means different things to different people. Ask the audience: What does mentoring mean to you? Respond to the comments, then... Mention that this quotation perhaps best sums up the spirit of mentoring on the aPLaNet project Tell audience that if they want to read more about mentoring in general and how it fits in with our project, we recommend the first section of our Mentors guide, now available online.
  • aPLaNet Mentor Guide : helps mentors familiarise themselves with mentoring in general and the specifics of aPLaNet mentoring. aPLaNet Mentee Guide : helps mentees understand what they can get out of the mentoring

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  • 1. Mentoring teachers using social networks Graham Stanley British Council, Barcelonagraham.stanley@britishcouncil.es aPLaNet conference 22nd September 2012 Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 2. about aPLaNetThe aPLaNet project is a European Union fundedproject for language educators all over theEurope, especially those who are new or do not useInternet social networks (SN) but wish to learnmore and build their own Personal LearningNetwork (PLN) for professional developmentpurposes.Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.euDisclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from theEuropean Commission. This document reflects the views onlyof the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any usewhich may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 3. What is a mentor?Originally a Greek word, originating from the name of a character in HomersOdyssey who acts as a guide to Telemachus in his quest to find his father Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 4. What is a mentor?“...one who fulfils the office which the supposed Mentor fulfilled towards Telemachus”“an experienced and trusted advisor” (Oxford English dictionary) Mentor vs Teacher vs Coach? Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 5. Mentor vs Teacher vs CoachUnlike a teacher or even a coach, who isfocused on helping us learn and practice aparticular set of skills, a mentor acts as a guidewho helps us define and understand our owngoals and pursue them successfully. (The Mentees Guide, L. Zachary, 2009) http://www.esn-vuniverse.nl/
  • 6. The role of the mentorIn language teachinghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/arielmeow/2424795959/ Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 7. Good mentoring......depends on a reciprocal learningrelationship...involves establishing rapport rapidly...is founded on mutually defined goals...requires skill in noticing and interpretingteaching and learning opportunities...encourages autonomous learning and self-evaluation...is able to link theory and practice inpersonally significant ways Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 8. The mentors tasksto facilitate the development of self-awareness inmenteesto build confidence of the menteesto observe and notice aspects of learning andteaching eventsto respond appropriately to these eventsto encourage the mentee to engage in reflectivepractice Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 9. aPLaNet mentorHelping mentees with learning technology Online mentoring not face-to-face http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacensepatoso/4287743871/ Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 10. Factors to considerChoice of ICT tools for communicationcomfortable - competentUse of tools to build rapport andpromote and facilitate learningLevel of commitment from the beginningeasier to back out of an e-relationshippotential for miscommunicationpeople are easily distracted online Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 11. APLaNet Mentoring pilot 85 volunteer mentors from 24 countries 61 mentees from 16 countries
  • 12. Feedback Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
  • 13. APLaNet Online Mentoring resources aPLaNet Mentor/Mentee Guides http://aplanet-project.org