Introduction to the aPLaNet EU project

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aPLaNet is a European Union funded education project for language educators to help them use social networks and build PLNs for their professional development.

Taken from the wonderful Studio Pelikan, Language school in Brno, Czech Republic, during the 3rd partner meeting.

Find out more about the project and how you can take part at:
www.aplanet-project.org
www.aplanet-project.eu

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  • Introduce yourself and mention there are 5 parts to this workshop, which are: About the aPLaNet project (5 minutes) Introduction to mentoring (5 minutes) Mentoring online (5 minutes) aPLaNet mentoring (30 minutes) aPLaNet mentoring procedure support for aPLaNet mentors resources for aPLaNet mentors Meet the aPLaNet mentors (15 minutes)
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Mention that mentoring means different things to different people. Ask the audience: What does mentoring mean to you? Respond to the comments, then... Mention that this quotation perhaps best sums up the spirit of mentoring on the aPLaNet project Tell audience that if they want to read more about mentoring in general and how it fits in with our project, we recommend the first section of our Mentors guide, now available online.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • Mention that mentoring means different things to different people. Ask the audience: What does mentoring mean to you? Respond to the comments, then... Mention that this quotation perhaps best sums up the spirit of mentoring on the aPLaNet project Tell audience that if they want to read more about mentoring in general and how it fits in with our project, we recommend the first section of our Mentors guide, now available online.
  • Mention that mentoring means different things to different people. Ask the audience: What does mentoring mean to you? Respond to the comments, then... Mention that this quotation perhaps best sums up the spirit of mentoring on the aPLaNet project Tell audience that if they want to read more about mentoring in general and how it fits in with our project, we recommend the first section of our Mentors guide, now available online.
  • Ask the audience to type in the chat responses to these two questions and respond to them. If not mentioned, also say:- - lack of body language (pay attention to tone of voice / listen more carefull y/ be an active listener) - technical problems (use comm. tools you are comfortable with and know are reliable / plan B if it doesn't work) - drop-out rate higher (do your best to establish a level of commitment / set clear goals and schedule regular meets) - potential for miscommunication greater (be wary of multi-tasking/regular feedback and restatement) Tell them there is more about this in the Mentor handbook
  • Mention that mentors should be confident and experienced (to a certain degree) with ICT and social networking for professional reasons and willing to spare some of their time to help others Ask the audience if all present are members of the Ning – if not, then encourage them to join if they are interested in volunteering as mentors. Ask if the registered mentors are also members of the Mentors group – say that when they are ready to be mentors, they should join the Mentors group (and any of the others they think relevant – Mentors of Facebook, Mentors of Ning, etc) – they will then be contacted and then once confirmed, be listed on the Mentor page of the Ning.
  • Mention the three ways of putting mentors in touch with mentees.
  • Say that it is important once contact has been established, and before the first live (synchronous) meeting for the mentor to find out as much about the mentee as possible re. their needs. This data will probably be the basis for conversation in the first meeting, where objectives should be set.
  • Say these are the suggestions for the first mentor-mentee meeting. Ask audience for suggestions about a) – how best to do this? (possible answers – sharing personal information / asking questions / showing interest / etc. Go over SMART criteria: S pecific – what the mentor wants should be clearly expressed and unambiguous. M easurable – how will you know when the goal has been obtained? A ttainable – the objective should be realistic. R elevant – i.e pertaining to the mentee's teaching situation. T ime-bound – be sure to set a deadline.
  • aPLaNet Mentor Guide : helps mentors familiarise themselves with mentoring in general and the specifics of aPLaNet mentoring. aPLaNet Mentee Guide : helps mentees understand what they can get out of the mentoring
  • aPLaNet Pre-piloting questionnaire : completed by the mentee to evaluate the project. This can also be used to help the mentor – as the basis for questions at the initial meeting. Teacher Diary : a template that can be used by mentees to reflect on the process.
  • aPLaNet Teacher Guide : 150 page reference guide to background of the project, methodology and about ICT resources recommended by the aPLaNet project. Modular on website and can be dipped into as needed by mentor and mentee. Contains sections on social networks. Technological Guides : information about ICT tools that are of use when building a PLN or for teaching/learning. Workshops : a series of online workshops (and recordings) will help mentors,mentees learn more about the mentoring process, building a PLN (Personal Learning Network) and how to use social networks for prof.developmt. Videos : short audio-visual guides to PLNs, social networks and a number of ICT tools recommended by the project.
  • Ask the audience. In the Mentor handbook we also say... Mentees no longer require a mentor when they are able to demonstrate that they: - are confident in their use of social networks to connect with other teachers, share resoources, connect with them. - have developed competence in using online tools for professional development; - are able to use a variety of learning technologies to work collaboratively with other teachers to their own satisfaction. - know to turn for help when they need to (they have built a PLN).
  • The aPLaNet project partners will be available to help and support mentors when needed. Publicly, there are groups set up to support mentors on the Ning – a general one for all things related to mentoring, and other more specific ones for different tools. There is also an email address for mentors who have more specific problems or require an answer in private to a particular issue or question - [email_address]
  • Any Questions? Please feel free to take the microphone and ask about anything that hasn't been covered so far, or let us know what you think about what has been said – all your comments about our mentoring system would be gratefully received. Thank you
  • Introduction to the aPLaNet EU project

    1. 1. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar January 30th 2012About the aPLaNet projectPiloting:Self-access pilotingMentored piloting Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    2. 2. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar About aPLaNetThe aPLaNet project is a European Unionfunded project for language educators allover the Europe, especially those who are newor do not use Internet social networks (SN)but wish to learn more and build their ownPersonal Learning Network (PLN) forprofessional development purposes.Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.eu
    3. 3. APLaNet eTwinning WebinarThe project is answering three questions thatlanguage educators ask:What is a PLN?What is the added value and meaning of a PLN?How to develop a fully autonomous PLN of their own?
    4. 4. APLaNet eTwinning WebinarThe project team has completed the pre-pilotingdevelopment process which comprises:The identification of ICT resources and SNsPreparations for the pilotingThis includes the technological guides, teacher guides,videos, resource analysis templates and questionnairesthat will be used during the piloting of the project.
    5. 5. APLaNet eTwinning WebinarIn addition, the project will add to the resources alreadyproduced by completing:A systematic review of the use of SNs in languageeducationA methodologyCase studiesAn ICT resource filtering application to build an evergrowing repository of resourcesResources will be available in Bulgarian, Czech, Greek,Spanish, English, Romanian, Turkish, German, French,Italian.
    6. 6. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar PilotingTeachers who pilot the aPLaNet resources withguidance of mentors: Mentored PilotingTeachers who pilot the aPLaNet resources withoutguidance of mentors: Self-Access Piloting
    7. 7. APLaNet eTwinning WebinarSelf-Access Piloting
    8. 8. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar Self-Access PilotingStep 3 - Follow the Steps and do the TasksStep 4 - Use the aPLaNet resources while doing theTasksStep 5 – Fill out the Post-Piloting QuestionnaireThe Self-Access piloting teachers will be awarded an aPLaNetcertificate upon the completion of the Webquest, after they submitthe Post-Piloting Questionnaire.
    9. 9. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar Self-Access PilotingTeachers who pilot the aPLaNet resources withoutguidance of mentors:Self-Access PilotingStep 1 – Go to the Self-Access Piloting Webquest.Step 2 – Fill out the Pre-Piloting Questionnaire
    10. 10. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar Self-Access Piloting Webquest
    11. 11. APLaNet eTwinning WebinarMentored Piloting
    12. 12. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar Introduction to MentoringUnlike a teacher or even a coach, who isfocused on helping us learn and practice aparticular set of skills, a mentor acts as a guidewho helps us define and understand our owngoals and pursue them successfully. (The Mentees Guide, L. Zachary, 2009)Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.eu/mentorguide
    13. 13. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar Online Mentoring - recommendationsHow is online mentoring different from face-to-face mentoring?What can an online mentor do to make up forthis?Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.eu/mentorguide
    14. 14. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 1 - Volunteeringa) Join our Ning and offer to be a mentorhttp://aplanet-project.orgb) Join one or more of the Mentors groupshttp://aplanet-project.org/group/mentorsc) Then well list you as a mentor here:-http://aplanet-project.org/page/mentors-1
    15. 15. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 2 – Finding a Mentora) Offer to be a mentor to a memberhttp://aplanet-project.org/profiles/members/b) Be approached by a prospective menteec) aPLaNet partners suggest a mentor
    16. 16. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 3 – Planning for the first meetinga) Agree on date of first meetingb) Think about mentees needs - aPLaNet questionnaire data - mentee profile - initial correspondencec) Choose meeting platform (Skype / WIZ IQ)
    17. 17. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 4 – The first meetinga) Get to know each other / build rapportb) Set objectives (maximum 3) - SMART criteriac) Agree when to meet again
    18. 18. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 5 – Continuing : aPLaNet resourcesa) aPLaNet Mentor/Mentee Guides
    19. 19. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 5 – Continuing : aPLaNet resourcesb) Pre-piloting questionnairec) Teacher diary
    20. 20. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 5 – Continuing : aPLaNet resourcesd) Teacher guidee) Technological guidesf) Workshops (online/recordings)g) Videos
    21. 21. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 6 – Coming to the endWhen is a good time to end the mentoringprocess?How do you know when the mentee is ready togo it alone?Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.org/page/mentors-1
    22. 22. APLaNet eTwinning Webinar aPLaNet MentoringStep 7 – Support for mentorsWhat support is there available for mentors? mentors.aplanet@gmail.com http://aplanet-project.org/groups
    23. 23. APLaNet eTwinning WebinarThank you! Any last questions / comments?See you online:http://aplanet-project.org

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