Growing Together With Social Media: Moving Away From Isolation As A New Teacher


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Presentation given to a group of new teachers in the Chilliwack and Fraser-Cascade School Districts. Focuses on teachers and educators forming relationships, learning. growing, and sharing using social media.

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  • Focus on professional and personal relationships and using stories to share, steal ideas, growFocus on the WHY we need to connect and collaborate with othersHow to do this.Do we know people in our schools? Districts? Do we know the people who can help us grow?
  • Currently principal of K-6 elemschol. Father of twin toddlers. Went to UVIC – B. Ed. Very lonely start to my teachin career. Taught at Brookswood in Langley for 7 years – taught just like everyone else… until my masters at UBCStarted to realize power of networking, collab and reflection– cohort group, Started as VP at Kent in AgassizFurther networking through BCELC but mostly face to face/email, Principal in 2009 and that is where my journey with Social Media began.
  • What is your best learning memory – as a child or as a professionalHow many people had this all by themselves?
  • Know an Korean Singers? What can we learn from Psy?In addition to face to face, this is how many people connect. This is how stories are shared globally.We are learning and connecting at a global level. Just because we are in Rosedale, doe not mean that we cannot connect, share, and learn from people next door or around the world.
  • How can we tap into this and use it for learning?
  • Structures do not always facilitate collaboration. Especially for new teachers and TOCsBurnout is a major concern. How can we create the conditions for collaboration both within school but also away from school?
  • What is there is nobody in the room but you? How can we change the “room”?
  • Who do you turn to for help? Resources? Advice?There should be someone in the school but is this the only place?
  • I replaced our toilets using YouTube. Doesn’t have to be YouTube but there are many tools that help us to connect, learn and grow with others.
  • Feb 2009, met with KyeOnline marketing strategy for my wife’s businessIntro’d Twitter and FB PageI could see the Facebook Page but Twitter?
  • I created two ways to try to get information to parents and share great things happening at our school.Big risk – putting myself out there with FB page – perk of the small district I am in – autonomy to take risksFB was an immediate hit – but heavily moderated. No major issuesTwitter notsomuch but then started to connect with educators – reading blogs, etc
  • Connected Principals, #edchat#bced, I get to ‘see’ what is happening in schools across the globe. Ask questions and get so many views. All this is IN ADDITION to my school and district.GLOBAL connection also strengthens my local connections My network continues to grow but it is important to keep those key relationships close.
  • Meeting Old Friends for the first time – POWER of F2FPrevious conference/PD experience: pick a conference based on what came in my box, got to the conference, take a few notes by myself, go homeNOW – network with passionate people, discuss conferences and workshops, go there and meet them, discuss the day on backchannels, go for lunch and continue the conversations afterwardEdCamp Vancouver, later Edcamp FV
  • This past weekend – gave me a hat – because of the joking around that happened since last winter. Conferences are as much about the social aspect as they are about the professional development.
  • 0:15 Dive deeper into the important question of Why – will never do the how and the what without the why
  • Reach out to others, learn together.Connect beyond the world of education.
  • As you engage in this dialogue… you will see the transfer to different avenues of communication. Stronger more personal relationshipsGeorge, Cale, Brian, Darcy
  • EdTech BC Conference... Same thing. Got to hang out with a guy I had spoken to, video chatted with, blogged, tweeted, Facebook’d... But never met. The cool things was that this guy was the keynote speaker.
  • CONNECT – form relationships.Educators, parents, students… everyone.How do you learn how to connect with parents? ASK PARENTS!
  • Regions andDistricts are connecting people thru hashtags
  • These learning networks are the coffee houses of today. How do good ideas grow? They collide and the grow.
  • Story of @garriochRead parts of blog – michelle, stacey
  • Share stories that connect with peopleHuge shift in my teaching/leading– strength vs deficit thinkingDom’s teacher showed it to him – he commented.
  • We have pockets of brilliance that is not being shared? Also, these great ideas cannot grow as well on their own.
  • 2011 Learning and networkingwith other educators has provided me with great ideas to share and propose to staffIdentity Day
  • Also posts on my mom, dad, kids…Connect with people in a more personal way.Andrew – see commentsOzzy – connect with others who have gone through a similar stuggle
  • 0:30 We will now move the HOW – any questions so far?
  • Can be a lonely profession – social media can connect with people in the same building, community as well as throughout the world.Rest of session will focus on HOW
  • You have the power to create your own positive footprint. What does your footprint look like? Why is this important? Jobs for teachers, resumes, portfoliosHere is a list of things or here is a video of me doing these things?Start small… twitter and a place to store/share your thoughts (posterous is an easy one)
  • It is about finding quality connections rather than numbers… used hashtags to reach wider audience. Build your network over time.Watch how others use SM. Ask questions. Can you have deeper learning via Twitter? No but the relationships built from then create more opps for these conv in different venues.
  • Again – share your stories of your learning or at your school… create further dialogue.OR share what is happening in your classrooms. How will parent s understand that school is different if they never see in?Share the WHY.
  • Share the stories of your class/school.Let people “in”. How will parent s understand that school is deifferent if they never see in?
  • Class Facebook Account – creating community, sharing.
  • Sometimes time up front can create more time down the road.
  • Use your online connections to enhance your F2F connections (lessons, prof development, life)
  • RELATIONSHIPSSTORIESGo beyond the world of education to lead change.
  • End of the WHY part – now the how – play over dinner. Show Tweetdeck.
  • We are going to take most of the rest of the time/dinnerto play with Twitter. Connect, search… you don’t need an account but it is better if you have one.
  • Find people with like interests by using hashtags.Twitter will help you.Search for lists of people - Twellow
  • Growing Together With Social Media: Moving Away From Isolation As A New Teacher

    1. 1. Chris Wejr @chriswejrGrowing Together WithSocial MediaMoving away from isolation as a new teacher
    2. 2. About me
    3. 3. How do you learn? When? Where? With whom?Image:
    4. 4. We are social beings
    5. 5. Gangnam Style Wejr Style Video:
    6. 6. How are people connecting?
    7. 7. Isolation as a New Teacher?cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Just Us 3:
    8. 8. The smartest person in theSmartest is the room room… is the room itself. -- David Weinberger Image:
    9. 9. Who helpsus GROW? Image: @gibsonsgolfer
    10. 10. New Ways to Learn
    11. 11. Who taught you how to sketch this? “YouTube”
    12. 12. My connected journey…
    13. 13. I thought Twitter was all about this… Via @gcouros
    14. 14. @ChrisWejr
    15. 15. A Growing Network...
    16. 16. Conferences and Unconferences: Meeting old and new friends...
    17. 17. RELATIONSHIPSHanging out & learning together
    18. 18. SOCIAL MEDIA:Why?
    19. 19. Connect.Form Relationships. Learn.
    20. 20. Professional Connections Personal Relationships
    21. 21. Relationships…
    22. 22. “We have alwaysoverestimated the value ofaccess to information andunderestimated the value ofaccess to each other.” Clay Shirky
    23. 23. Learning Networks Education will change from the ground up… teachers asprofessionals doing great work and sharing it via social media. -- Elisa Carlson #sd36learn
    24. 24. Chance favours a connected mind “Where good ideas come from” Steven Johnson
    25. 25. #Kinderchat #EdcampKinder
    26. 26. Share ideas. Share stories.Share moments. Get feeback.
    27. 27. Where doyour ideascome from?Could they be improved?Could others benefit from them?
    28. 28. Share stories. Share ideas.
    29. 29. Sharing With The World: Carly’s Voice
    30. 30. Stealing, building upon, sharing great ideas...
    31. 31. Share Through Images
    32. 32. Share a bit ofWho YOU Are
    33. 33. Connections: Learning Together @okmbio and @bmooreintheloop at Edcamp Leadership
    34. 34. As a new teacher, how has social media helped you?Social media has given me access to tools I might haveotherwise missed. As a new teacher I do not have the timeto be constantly exploring and looking for answers forevery subject. Through social media (twitter,blogs) I havebuilt an invaluable PLN that has been a support network,resource pool and overall great group of people to workwith. @tinaoke…lots of great ideas and support. I feel more connected andless "alone" as a newbie. Ive been challenged to rethink (orat least affirm) some of my philosophical beliefs andpractices in the classroom.
    35. 35. As a new teacher, how has social media helped you?Im able to get ideas for what to avoid AND what is goodto try. Im able to get links from experienced teachers fortried-and-true sites as well!It has made my pd ongoing… It has connected me to otherresources and opened my eyes to various schools of thought ineducation outside my staff room. I have found this important livingin a tiny village, working in a small school district that has littleconnectedness in it!
    36. 36. Questions
    37. 37. My challenge to you:Start Connecting
    38. 38. If we want our students to take risks,connect, and collaborate…we need to model this. Image:
    39. 39. Who is creating your digital footprint
    40. 40. StartHere
    41. 41. Share/Connect on a Deeper Level
    42. 42. @mr_lister
    43. 43. Create a ClassFacebook Page/Group/Account
    44. 44. Time up front… Can create time down the road.Image:
    45. 45. Find Your BalanceOften the most important people to connect with… …are those right in front of us.
    46. 46. Harness the Power of aGlobal Personal Learning Network Become a connected learner. Form relationships. Share the stories.
    47. 47. Connect With Me @chriswejr
    48. 48. Image: …Learning is often messy
    49. 49. Who Do I Follow? Why would anyone follow me?
    50. 50. Twitter Search• Search by Hashtags including #sd78 #sd33 #bced #ntchat #bclearns #elemchat #edchat
    51. 51. Some info to get you started on Twitter
    52. 52. Acknowledgments: George Couros Lyn Hilt Alec Couros Brian Kuhn Chris Kennedy