Learning connections - Twitter as Professional and Personal Development for Teachers

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Learning connections - Twitter as Professional and Personal Development for Teachers

  1. 1. Learning Connections Sligo VEC Teachers’ Day Mary Loftus
  2. 2. Educator Learner ITParent Manager
  3. 3. My first experience of the power of online learning
  4. 4. Fully online 2 yr Mastersin Software Engineering & Database Technologiesrun jointly by NUI Galway and Regis Universityhttp://www.nuigalway.ie/itonline/
  5. 5. Joined November 2008Connected Futures course in 2009 got me started in earnest
  6. 6. • Short messages – 140 characters• @ to send a message to another user• #hashtags to follow particular subjects or events e.g. #sligovec• RT – means ReTweet – to echo another’s tweet
  7. 7. How does Twitter add to online learning Twitter makes me think Powerful Participatory Space Connection Equality Accessibility Creativity Develops Critical Thinking faculties Fosters Engagement Teaches new literacies Teaches filtering, discernment Self awareness A bit like travel Opened doors in my head
  8. 8. How do I use Twitter?
  9. 9. Twitter for Research & Good Practice - Learning @michaelkls Michael Seery, DIT @grainneconole @michael_hanley Grainne Conole E-learning consultant Open University @siobhanos Siobhan O’Sullivan, UCC @catherinecronin NUI Galway@pattishankPatti Shank @quinnovatorAuthor Clark Quinn @janebozarth Jane Bozarth @cammybean Editor eLearning Mag Cammy Bean @catmoore Kineo Learning Cathy Moore E-learning Practitioner
  10. 10. Sharing Links to Books & Journals
  11. 11. Remote Conference Participation
  12. 12. But it’s not all work!
  13. 13. Personal DevelopmentVulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change – Brene Brown
  14. 14. Poetry MusicInspiration Photography
  15. 15. More and more – it’s about the people
  16. 16. Mentors
  17. 17. ConnectionsSerendipity
  18. 18. Friendship
  19. 19. Remote conference participation has lead to conference speaking / presentation
  20. 20. 2nd Level Schools & Teachers are doing it too and some are using Twitter in their Classrooms• Pauric O’Donnell - St Eunan’s, Letterkenny• Evelyn O’Connor – LeavingCertEnglish.com• Mags Amond – Loreto Cavan, Edmodo, CESI• Donal O’Mahony – Portmarnock CC - History• Fintan O’Mahony – Scoil Mhuire, Carrick – History• Fred Boss – NCTE - #edchatie facilitator• Damien Quinn – SeomraRanga.com (primary)• Mary Jo Bell – Twitter in the Infant Classroom• Pam Moran, Ira Socol, Leigh Graves Wolf - USA
  21. 21. @ @MrPODonnell Pauric O’Donnell - St Eunan’s, Letterkenny Twitter as school noticeboard
  22. 22. @evelynoconnor Evelyn O’ConnorMount Saint Michael’s Secondary School in Claremorris – LeavingCertEnglish.com
  23. 23. @magsamond Mags Amond– CESI Executive, Edmodo User
  24. 24. @domaho Donal O’Mahony – Portmarnock CC, Twitter in the classroom and more
  25. 25. @levdavidovic Fintan O’Mahony – Scoil Mhuire in Carrick- on-Suir, Twitter in the classroom & more Fintan
  26. 26. @seomraranga @mrquinnsclass Damien Quinn – Ransboro NS, Twitter in the classroom & Seomra Ranga website• Seomra Ranga
  27. 27. @7mjb @mrsbellsclass Mary Jo Bell –Twitter in the infant classroom & more
  28. 28. @pammoran @irasocol @gravesle Pam Moran, Ira Socol, Leigh Graves WolfSuperintendent/ Edu Provocateur/ Teacher Training International connections
  29. 29. @fboss Fred Boss – NCTE, #edchatie
  30. 30. Supports, Resources & Communities
  31. 31. Twitter tutorialsthank you @glynnmark & @pamelaaobrien
  32. 32. www.cesi.ie
  33. 33. Monday nights – 8.30pmCome along to meet educators from across the levels in Ireland and abroad
  34. 34. This community has already welcomed#sligovec teachersClick to see a selection of the tweets.. ->
  35. 35. New ways of learning – video produced by @catherinecronin @glynnmark & @fboss
  36. 36. Your Challenge #sligovec• Today – talk to one other person about something you want to do after this session• Sign up for a Twitter account• Tweet something• Check out #edchatie on Monday night 8.30pm• https://twitter.com/#!/search/?q=%23edchatie• Think about the possibilities• Discuss them with at least one colleague
  37. 37. Thank you!loftus.mary@gmail.com@marloft

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