Teacher networks for professional development

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Workshop in Media & Learning 2012: "Social media networks in schools and in teachers’ lives". First part about Teacher networks (Tellnet)

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Teacher networks for professional development

  1. 1. Social
media
networks
inschools
and
in
teachers’
lives Workshop
in Media
&
Learning
Conference Brussels,
Belgium 14.11.2012
  2. 2. Welcome
-
this
session!• Teacher
networks
for
professional
development Riina
Vuorikari, Tellnet
Project
manager,
European
Schoolnet• Teachers’
use
of
social
media
in
schools Janice
Richardson, Coordinator
of
the
Insafe
and
SMILE,
European Schoolnet• Teacher
networks
in
2025 Yves
Punie, Institute
for
Prospective
Technological
Studies
  3. 3. Teacher
networks
forprofessional
development
  4. 4. Outline
of
this
presentation• Context: – What
are
teachers
needs
for
professional development? – What
are
teacher
networks? – What
is
teachers’
co-operation?• Case
study:
eTwinning – Social
Network
Analysis
(SNA)
for
teacher
networks
  5. 5. Some
contextfor
this
workshop
  6. 6. Context
1. “
more
than
half
of
the
teachers
surveyed reported
having
wanted more
professional
development than
they
had
received.” Teaching
and
Learning
International
Survey
(Talis) OECD,
2009
  7. 7. Context
1.
  8. 8. TALIS,
OECD,
2009
  9. 9. Teachers’
co-operation Context

2.• The
TALIS
(OECD,
2009)
studied
various forms
of
teachers
working
together – Frequency
to
undertake
activities
on
6-point scale
ranging
from
“never”
to
“weekly”• Possible
to
group
activities: – Exchange
and
co-ordination
for
teaching – Professional
collaboration
  10. 10. Teachers’
co-operationEXCHANGE
AND PROFESSIONAL CO-ORDINATION
for
teaching COLLABORATION• Discuss
and
decide
on
the • Observe
other
teachers’ selection
of
instructional
media classes
and
provide
feedback. (e.g.
textbooks,
exercise books). • Teach
jointly
as
a
team
in
the same
class.• Exchange
teaching
materials with
colleagues. • Engage
in
joint
activities across
different
classes
and• Attend
team
conferences
for age
groups
(e.g.
projects). the
age
group
I
teach. eTwinning projects!
  11. 11. Benefits
of
teachers’ co-operation• Co-operation
among
staff
creates
opportunities
for – social
and
emotional
support, – exchange
of
ideas
and – practical
advice.• It
can
enhance – professionalism, – feelings
of
self-efficacy
and – prevent
stress
and
“burnout”• Different
kinds
of
collaboration
may
not
have
the
same
effects!
  12. 12. What
are
teacher
networks?• Learning
networks,
i.e.
technology-supported Context

3. communities – learners
share
knowledge
with
one
another – jointly
develop
new
knowledge• Can
exist
on
many
levels – within
a
school – across
schools
at
regional,
national
and international
level• More
and
more
often,
blended
networks =>

digital
world
is
mixed
with
the
physical
one Like our lives too!
  13. 13. What
are
teacher
networks?• Includes
various
forms
of
teachers’ co-operation,
i.e.
teaches
working
together
in groups
or
teams
to
improve
educational
processes and
outcomes
(OECD,
2009) Context

3.• Contribute
to
the
quality
of – the
teaching
profession
and – the
learning
experience
of
students – by
encouraging
collaboration
and
knowledge exchange
at
both
teacher
and
student
level
  14. 14. The
case
study - eTwinning
  15. 15. 183162
teachers
  16. 16. eTwinning
offers Teachers’ co-operation1. Cross-border
school
projects • Using
Information
and
Communication
Technologies2. Formal
and
informal
professional
development • On-line:
distance
courses
and
online
interest
for teachers, • Off-line:
Professional
Development
Workshops, national
meetings3. Social
networking
tools
  17. 17. Social
Network
Analysis
(SNA) for
teacher
networks A contact of my contact knows a contact of your contact!
  18. 18. Does
social
capital
exist
in eTwinning?• Social
capital • ability of actors to derive benefits from their membership in social networks • a property of the teachers and of groups Gatekeeper
  19. 19. Spreading
apositive
virus calledpedagogical innovation. Who
will
notget
the
virus?
  20. 20. Channels through whichinformation, ideas and innovation flow =
  21. 21. Who
will not
get the
virus? The
ones
who are
not connected,
e.g. who
are
notcollaborating
with others.
  22. 22. www.tellnet.eun.org• SNA (Social Network Analysis) methods can be well applied to the study of Teacher networks, e.g. eTwinning• Teachers position in the network can be an indicator for their “performance” in eTwinning projects and their potential development path• More studies are needed to understand how, when and why teacher networks advance learning!
  23. 23. Discuss
with
your
neighbour: what
is
this
picture?

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