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Digital Professional Learning Communities

  1. 1. Digital Professional Learning Communities Presented by: Sandi Paul Director of Technology Sayreville Public Schools
  2. 2. Professional Learning Communities What Not to do!!
  3. 3. Why PLCs? <ul><ul><li>Create a community of educators and learners that are accountable for student learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus learning around improving the students and overall school performances </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Basic PLC questions <ul><ul><li>What is it we expect them to learn? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will we know when they have learned it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will we respond when they don’t learn? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will we respond when they already know it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For example… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We expect the students to learn a new concept that is both measurable and attainable. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We will know if they learned the new concept through application and evaluation. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We will respond by ‘rethink, revise, and revisit’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We will create and explore other options to continue their educational progress. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Guiding Principles of PLC <ul><ul><li>The purpose of our school is to see to it that all our students learn at high levels, and the future of our students depends upon our success. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We must work collaboratively to achieve that purpose because it is impossible to accomplish if we work in isolation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And we must continually assess our effectiveness in achieving our purpose on the basis of results -tangible evidence that our students are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to their future success. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Essential Elements of PLCs by DuFour <ul><ul><li>A PLC is a collaborative venture. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A PLC is always focused on student learning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A PLC distributes leadership responsibilities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A PLC narrows the curriculum to its essence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A PLC shares best practices as a means of improving instruction. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A PLC uses “assessment for learning” in addition to the usual “assessment of learning.” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Professional Growth Plans for Principals and Supervisors <ul><ul><li>Phase 1: Completing a standards- based self assessment. • Linking your self-assessment to school and district needs. • Creating a draft of your professional development plan (PGP). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase 2:Meeting with your superintendent or designee to review and improve your PGP. • Forming your peer review committee (PRC).• Working with your PRC to review and improve your PGP. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 7, 8, 9: Collecting and Organizing Documentation of Professional Growth. Presenting Documentation of Professional Growth. Preparing for the Next Professional Growth Cycle. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Professional Learning Communities presented by DuFour
  9. 9. Restraints for PGPs and PLCs <ul><ul><li>Traveling mandates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaving your building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with colleagues in district, in state or in nation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AYP and NCLB requirements of the district and the school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial and time resources </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Where does the technology come in? <ul><ul><li>The connection between learning communities and technology integration become a powerful combination to foster collaborative learning environments that promote and sustain the integration of technology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitators model collaboration for their individual learning communities to foster dialogue and consensus using technology as a tool for learning. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The concept of Social Networking <ul><ul><li>Social networking function like an online community of internet users. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many online community members share common interests ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A social network is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) called &quot;nodes,&quot; which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship , financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships , or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige (Wikipedia) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. How does Social Networks work?
  13. 13. Social Networking Websites <ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What is a wiki? <ul><ul><li>A wiki is a website that uses wiki software , allowing the easy [1] creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages , using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor, within the browser. [2][3] Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites , to power community websites, for personal note taking , in corporate intranets , and in knowledge management systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most wikis serve a specific purpose, and off topic material is promptly removed by the user community. Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia . [3] In contrast, open purpose wikis accept all sorts of content without rigid rules as to how the content should be organized. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Why use a wiki for collaboration? <ul><ul><li>The Wiki is gaining traction in education, as an ideal tool for the increasing amount of collaborative work done by both students and teachers. Students might use a wiki to collaborate on a group report, compile data or share the results of their research, while faculty might use the wiki to collaboratively author the structure and curriculum of a course, and the wiki can then serve as part of each person's course web site (excerpt from my contribution to a Business 2.0 article -- Stewart.mader 11:35, 14 Dec 2005 (PST)) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Wikispaces <ul><ul><li>Powerful Learning Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NJ Elite 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NJAET Technology Advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift Happens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis in Education </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Present Ning Communities <ul><ul><li>Turnaround Leadership Professional Learning Community – NJ DOE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerful Learning Practices – Kean University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 – Education Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NJ Excel Online Community </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Blogging <ul><ul><li>Salem High School Principal Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gibsons Elementary School Principal Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Fretueg’s Principal Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. Erhardt’s Principal Blog – West Long Branch, NJ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal’s Blog </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. What is Twitter? <ul><ul><li>Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets . Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140  characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers . Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service, itself, costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees. (Wikipedia) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Why use Twitter? <ul><ul><li>It’s been widely proven that twitter can be easily used as a self-promotion tool, to pitch your content, services and products with ease. This is done by broadcasting your message, although short, to your followers. Sounds familiar ? That’s because twittering resembles a lot blogging, except your message is broadcasting in “real time” to your reader. It’s this mixture of blogging, RSS and social networking that makes twitter so appealing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Here’s a few more reasons why you should twitter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Traffic . Although at fist glance it might seem like twitter isn’t capable of directing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>any respectable amount of traffic, truth is, if used properly, it can provide your </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blog with quite a “few” new visitors. The traffic from twitter isn’t too shabby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>either, in terms of quality, most of the visitors being pretty targeted, that stick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>around, read your posts and even subscribe. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can send traffic by entering your blog’s url in your twitter profile (this will be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>responsible for most of the regular traffic you’ll receive from twitter) or by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>twitting one of your post’s url. The amount of traffic you can receive from twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is directly proportional to number of followers you posses . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>( </li></ul>
  21. 21. Why use Twitter? <ul><ul><li>2. Awareness and branding . Just like any other social network, twitter can be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>used as a powerful tool to build your brand and raise awareness. If you browse a bit through twitter you’ll undoubtedly find twitter users for a lot of popular online and offline brands, that simply track their day to day progress and update with valuable breaking news. The thing about twitter branding is that it’s a lot more personal, probably thanks to it’s IM like environment, helping you to thin the line between you and your readers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Promote your content . This is more of a combination between the first two </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>posts. A lot of bloggers nowadays, realizing the huge potential twitter possess of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leveraging their content, have begun to publicize and promote their blog posts on twitter. This means either they post their blog post url, along with a short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>description (what can you expect in 140 characters or less?) or the url to various </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other social media websites like digg, reddit or stumbleupon for example, so that </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>their followers can vote them. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>( </li></ul>
  22. 22. Looking at Twitter <ul><ul><li>Twitter website </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Education Professional Twitters <ul><ul><li>Principal in Arizona </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant Elementary Principal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Association of American Educators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NAEYC </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. What is LinkedIn? <ul><ul><li>LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 50 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. LinkIn Educational Groups <ul><ul><li>Metacognition “Learning to Learn” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STEM School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Personal Groups </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Where do we go from here? <ul><ul><li>Developing personal online professional learning community with other school administrators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using these free online tools to collaborate and extending the learning environment beyond one’s local space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create one’s online community according to personal educational interests </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. How do we get there? <ul><ul><li>Create the community yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join a community and participate in the online conversation </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Can we do this? YES WE CAN!!!!!
  29. 29. Thank you for listening !! See you in the digital world of Professional Learning Communities [email_address] [email_address] 732-316-2819 (office) Twitter: spaul6414