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PLN's "Friends Educating Each Other": Using Twitter for Informal PD


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PLN's "Friends Educating Each Other": Using Twitter for Informal PD

  1. 1. PLN’s “Friends Educating Each Other”: Using Twitter for Informal PD Region 5 PLC Debbie Fucoloro March 14, 2014
  2. 2. Personal Learning Networks PLN = connections to people and resources, both offline and online, who enrich our learning
  3. 3. PLN = “friends educating each other” revived
  4. 4. Typical Teacher Network by Alec Couros
  5. 5. The Networked Teacher
  6. 6. Socially Networked Teacher
  7. 7. Research Suggests • Self-directed • Differentiated • Ongoing • Job embedded • Flexible • Encourages self-analysis and personal reflection
  8. 8. New Paradigm • PLNs should be validated as a powerful professional development component • Not: Traditional vs Informal • But a mix of: traditional & emerging, formal & informal
  9. 9. Key Findings
  10. 10. Findings Favorite social media application to use for informal professional development:
  11. 11. Two Questions Posed to My PLN
  12. 12. Responses to Prompts
  13. 13. Open-ended Themes - Why Twitter? Community & Convenience “It is the modern equivalent of the 18th century coffeehouse—a place teaming with ideas, opinions, research, discussion, collaborati on, and bold vision.”
  14. 14. Open-ended Themes – Why Twitter? Informal Learning & Sharing “I have created a PLN that I feel meets my needs by providing resources, ideas, and challenges to improve learning for my students.”
  15. 15. Open-ended Themes – Why Twitter? Professional Improvement “I have developed more as a professional since participating in #edchat than I did in the last five years.”
  16. 16. Open-ended Themes – Why Twitter? Isolation Reduction* “The largest difference is that I no longer feel alone in the classroom. I think it is hard for those outside of education to realize how isolated teachers were before social media.”
  17. 17. Isolation Reduction
  18. 18. Make connections Improve lesson planning with technology Improve teaching with technology Confidence to try something new
  19. 19. Implications for Educators 1. Participate in informal, online professional development by starting your own PLN built on your needs and passions—start small, find mentors, be patient.
  20. 20. Implications for Educators
  21. 21. Suggested Chats • #edchat – Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. • #moedchat – Thursdays, 9:00 p.m. and…
  22. 22. You’re invited! #catholicedchat - Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.
  23. 23. Resources • Twitter for Teachers Wiki Page • Weekly Twitter Chats • Educational Hashtags
  24. 24. The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. ~ C. S. Lewis The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. ~ C. S. Lewis
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  26. 26. Find me at: Twitter: @debbiefuco Blog: The Educators’ Café Email: