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Professional Learning Through Social Media: WHY?


Presentation given to educators in the Fraser-Cascade School District (BC) about WHY we need to share and connect as professional learners. Also includes the HOW of Twitter.

Presentation given to educators in the Fraser-Cascade School District (BC) about WHY we need to share and connect as professional learners. Also includes the HOW of Twitter.

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  • Share stories of my journey into connected leadership Focus on the WHY we need to connect and collaborate with othersHow to do this.Saddest part about these past 2+ days… so many people will not see this work. SHARE
  • 1989 Sears Catalog pose – unfortunately it was 1994. Grew up in Hope,Grade 12 – thought I knew it all… not a learner. Connected through land line… and letters. Went to UVIC – B. Ed. – practicum at Sardis – PE, ScienceTaught 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.
  • DISCUSS Whois telling the stories? What are the stories being told?Focus for today – connect. Relationships, stories, learning.For me – thru master’s and BCELC, became a need to collaborate and challenge/be challeged
  • 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
  • Invited to blog at Connected Principals – started to expand my network and become closer with other adminAsked to present online – presented on parent engagementMostly and #cpchat – connections formed through CP have developed into friendships and people I confide in
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Dive deeper into the important question of Why – will never do the how and the what without the why
  • What does your footprint look like? Why is this important?0:18
  • How I was introduced to the story of Lilee.How the story has reached a community… and beyond using SM.Fundraisers, support
  • Releases song PrayPromoted through SMReaches #1 on iTunes ahead of Nickelback, Rhianna, etcChallenges Nickelback ---- Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children’s hospital
  • Continue the conversations in your M.Ed Programs… and then include others.Connect beyond the world of education.
  • Too big to know
  • CONNECT – form relationships.Educators, parents, students… everyone.
  • How do good ideas grow? Coffee house of the present era.
  • Accessibility is far greater now
  • As you engage in this dialogue… you will see the transfer to different avenues of communication. Stronger more personal relationshipsGeorge, Cale, Brian, Darcy
  • Continue the conversations in your M.Ed Programs… and then include others.Connect beyond the world of education.
  • Think about your work in your M.Ed program… do you want to see it impacting change beyond this weekend and beyond your class/schools?
  • 2011 Learning and networkingwith other educators has provided me with great ideas to share and propose to staffIdentity Day
  • Share stories that connect with peopleHuge shift in my teaching/leading– strength vs deficit thinkingDom’s teacher showed it to him – he commented.
  • Just show a few seconds…
  • Its not social media that is changing ed – it is the people.No longer are there pockets of isolated brilliance – this can now be shared. Ripple effectSpreading of ideas… and improving on them. Colliding hunches. Sharing and exploring the WHY of education reform – parents, teachers, students.0:30
  • Small Efforts Can make a big difference.
  • Lencioni – must be challenged to become betterInnovator’s DNA– Seek intellectual collisionsSome people are not so good with this – a learned skill.0:35
  • 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
  • Continue the conversations in your M.Ed Programs… and then include others.Connect beyond the world of education.
  • Sharing out story – providing ways for parents to “see” inside our school.Trust that it will be ok. Moving from culture of fear to a culture of trust. Modeling effective use of social mediaMeet people where they are.Newsletter – 10 good things – paper to blog to email, FB, Twitter
  • Story of @garriochRead parts of blog
  • Share this brilliant work - engage in further dialogue around your topics of interest.0:50
  • It is about finding quality connections rather than numbers… used hashtags to reach wider audience. Build your network over time.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 in the M.Ed program 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?
  • About what you believe and who you are. People trust those who put themselves out there.If you make mistakes, do not hid them but share and learn.
  • RELATIONSHIPSSTORIESGo beyond the world of education to lead change.
  • We are going to take most of the rest of the time to play with Twitter. Connect, search… you don’t need an account but it is better if you have one.
  • Learn the language…
  • Find people with like interests by using hashtags.Twitter will help you.Search for lists of people - Twellow


  • 1. Professional LearningThrough Social Media#SD78 WhyChris Image:
  • 2. about me
  • 3. What is your learning story?What is your school/class/district’s learning story? Who is telling it? Image:
  • 4. Where doyour ideascome from?Could they be improved?Could others benefit from them?
  • 5. My connected journey…
  • 6. I thought Twitter was all about this…
  • 7. And this… Via @gcouros
  • 8. @MrWejr
  • 9. Learning from and with other leaders
  • 10. Meeting old friends... For the first time
  • 11. A Growing Network...
  • 12. Why?
  • 13. Who is creating your digital footprint
  • 14. The Story &inspiration of Lilee-Jean
  • 15. Connect.Form Relationships. Learn.
  • 16. The smartest person in theSmartest is the room room… is the room itself. -- David Weinberger Image:
  • 17. “We have alwaysoverestimated the value ofaccess to information andunderestimated the value ofaccess to each other.” Clay Shirky
  • 18. Chance favours a connected mind “Where good ideas come from” Steven Johnson
  • 19. Connecting With Leading Minds
  • 20. Professional Connections Personal Relationships
  • 21. Share ideas. Share stories.Share moments.
  • 22. Stealing, building upon, sharing great ideas...
  • 23. Share stories.
  • 24. Sharing Through Images
  • 25.
  • 26. Use stories to share ideas
  • 27.
  • 28. Share YourPersonal Side
  • 29. Share personal moments
  • 30. Bring People Together.
  • 31. Support DuringTimes of Struggle
  • 32. Create an online School Community
  • 33.
  • 34. Do parents actually engage indialogue with the school through social media?
  • 35. Learning Networks Education will change from the ground up… teachers asprofessionals doing great work and sharing it via social media. -- Elisa Carlson #sd36learn
  • 36. #Kinderchat #EdcampKinder
  • 37. If we want our students to take risks,connect, and collaborate…we need to model this. Image:
  • 38. My challenge to you:Start Connecting
  • 39. StartHere
  • 40. Connecting takes time and effort…
  • 41. Share/Connect on a Deeper Level
  • 42. Create a Class or School Facebook Page
  • 43. Find tools that work for you
  • 44. Be transparent. Be authentic.Image:
  • 45. It’s not about how you find the time… but how you prioritize your time.Image:
  • 46. Find Your Balance
  • 47. Via @courosa
  • 48. Harness the Power of aGlobal Personal Learning Network Become a connected learner. Become a connected leader. Share the stories.
  • 49. HOW?Getting Started With Chris Wejr @chriswejr
  • 50. Image: …Learning is often messy
  • 51. @ RT mentionDM
  • 52. Who Do I Follow? Why would anyone follow me?
  • 53. Twitter Search• Search by Hashtags including #sd78 #bced #bcedplan #edtechBC #elemchat #bclearns #edchat #kinderchat #ntchat #cpchat #ptchat
  • 54. Some info to get you started
  • 55. Acknowledgments: George Couros Lyn Hilt Alec Couros Brian Kuhn Chris Kennedy
  • 56. Connect With Me @chriswejr