Periodic in service days are sufficient to introduce teachers to new ideas and to improve practice.
Professional development should improve and remediate individual teaching practice.
The goal of professional development is to transfer knowledge and discrete skills from "experts" to teachers.
The most effective way for teachers to learn is for them to listen to a speaker.
Professional development is more of a luxury than an essential element of a district's educational program.
"Pull-out" training at the district level is the most effective delivery mode.
21 st Century Paradigm for Professional Development
Why establish Personal Learning Spaces? The word “model” is used 9 times in NETS for teachers http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2008Standards/NETS_for_Teachers_2008.htm
We must model to lead. promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning (a standard) advocate, model , and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources. promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools. Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
Populating your PLN: Streaming Presentations Twitter – immediate answers Ning – collaboration Social Bookmarks – sharing K12 online – archives RSS – bring the info to you hitchhikr – repository podcasts – listen and learn
Ustream - We all Stream Ustream.tv is a live video community for everyone. Anyone with a computer, an Internet connection and a web cam can set up their own channel and broadcast live. http://5oclock.wikispaces.com/ustream Back channel participation and recordings.
Twitter – microblogging in 140 characters 10 uses for Twitter: 1. staying in touch with geek friends and colleagues 2. Using private messages - then it’s really about staying in touch with true friends and family 3. keeping up-to-date with emerging tools 4. News updates - CNN and BBC both have twitter feeds 5. loosely following a well-wifi’d geek/techie conference 6. Following the thought processes of emerging tech trend thinkers. 7. when interviewing someone for a job, check to see if they twitter 8. Check out a potential colleague’s twitter feed to see if you’d personally like them or not 9. twitter as a personal note bucket - send yourself random thoughts that you don’t want to lose. 10. Current awareness search tool and resource to questions http://5oclock.wikispaces.com/Ning
Social Networking – its more than Facebook and MySpace http://5oclock.wikispaces.com/Ning “Social Networks” are really just collections of Web 2.0 technologies combined in a way that help to build online communities. The ability to have productive, engaging dialog with others in a community is a natural fit for all ages in education. Teachers can build and maintain relationships outside of their local area through social networks. Education networks bridge two cultures. On the one hand they are connected to a system that organizes the delivery of education to school-age children through an elaborate system of codes, regulations, standards, and assessments. On the other hand, they support the professional development of teachers and administrators who work within that system, who need to be free to step outside of it in order to consider ways to improve the very schools and system within which they work. Ann Lieberman and Maureen Grolnick
Virtual Conferences – f2f not necessary We live in a time of rapid change, where few of us are doing what we learned to do in college. Few of us are doing what we did three years ago. Our work becomes obsolete, or it gets insourced, outsourced, or even mobsourced to others, as we find new and more exciting niches of expertise to serve through. In changing times, we need to raise our heads out of the water every once in a while, take a drink of kool-aid, network, learn, and energize. Yet, we can’t always make it to the conferences we need to attend to mix with the people we need to see — face-to-face. This is why Hitchhikr was invented, to provide you with a virtual space where, thanks to blogs, podcasts, and RSS, we can connect, share, respond, and grow knowledge out beyond the place and time of the event. From http://hitchhikr.com/ http://5oclock.wikispaces.com/page/edit/Virtual_Conference
Bring it to You – the genius of RSS http://5oclock.wikispaces.com/page/edit/RSS RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. What is RSS? Why RSS? RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site's email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use. How to RSS?
Thank You Join me this afternoon to extend the discussions. Sharon Betts, Educational Technologist mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org