CPD in critical times

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My reasons for setting up a PLN and what I have learned from it.

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  • Times are hard – MFL in crisis and morale is low
  • Teaching can be solitary, lonely if no one in your team shares your passions MFL is under attack – why are our results low, why is take up poor???? Leading a dept can be very lonely and is always demanding – how do you get support? Keep up to date? How do you keep your pecker up?
  • CPD is hard to get, not easy to choose but you have a right to training throughout your life. It should be tailor-made not difficult or superfluous. Private business gives employees a pot per year. How do we get what we need? Why do we not take up what is on offer? No one else in school is going to look after your needs.
  • Saw Dylan last year – did you see him last week?? Teacher Learning is CRUCIAL!! Because teachers make the crucial difference. NOT schools, Heads, backgrounds of pupils… You have a right and a need to keep learning What are you doing to feed yourself and your own passions for learning, and languages??
  • OK – it’s a bit American – Strategic learning network etc etc But look at Google to see what you can find and it is huge! What all do you already do to stay connected? What else could you do to support yourself? Some of you are young enough to go for promotion – how to continue to learn?
  • A lot began with ICT conference on IOW in 2008 – went with Marie France What an eye-opener Great bunch of people and all types and ages. Very challenging I don’t want to be left behind nor viewed as an oldie/slow or non techie It is our job to look out over the parapet. It is FUN!! How do you get started? What is there in PLN?? This is my own humble example!!
  • I’ll say some basic obvious things and add many more ideas – sorry if it is too fast or too slow – it may be new or obvious. These are some very obvious things I do. But one person’s old or obvious is someone else’s lightbulb. How many of you read TES forum – it is quite sharp! People don’t suffer fools gladly. MFL resources is kinder and strictly moderated.
  • If you need ideas/ready made pressies – look here PLN search on slideshare – PLN, phoniques, francais www.slideshare.net – search for suzi bewell, mariefrance perkins Share videos on vimeo.com what is social bookmarking?? Anyone know?? Explain.
  • If you can’t get out, bring the meeting to you! Join in a Flashmeeting. Joe Dale has OU time available and can help set up meetings online – what you need. Contribute to choices for agenda
  • I have attended 8 of these. Benefits?? Come and go, leave early, re-visit later, review chat – funny too.
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  • CPD in critical times

    1. 1. Looking after your own interests
    2. 2. Can you keep up with change? <ul><li>Tired of being alone? </li></ul><ul><li>Irritated having to defend your subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Does no-one understand your job? </li></ul>
    3. 3. CPD <ul><li>Should be Continuing Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Not Constraints, Pressure and Demands! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Dylan Wiliam, AfL guru, says: <ul><li>“ As a teacher, you have got to keep learning until you retire or die!!” </li></ul><ul><li>CPD should not be the occasional extra </li></ul><ul><li>So a solution might be a “PLN”. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Personal learning network <ul><li>We’ve had SLNs </li></ul><ul><li>Where has this idea come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Simple Google search will give you lots of links! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an easier way to think about how you are or can be connected. </li></ul>
    6. 6. My journey – apologies to Tony! <ul><li>Involvement with new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Need to develop new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Stay up to date - not be an oldie </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected as a learner and teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more myself for fun! </li></ul>
    7. 8. Simple - emails and forums <ul><li>Join TES resources to download materials </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of the MFLResources Yahoo group </li></ul><ul><li>Join Linguanet forum through CILT </li></ul><ul><li>Read the ALL sites and ALL London in particular </li></ul>
    8. 9. Presentation & bookmark sharing <ul><li>Slideshare.net – share your PowerPoints and look for other people’s </li></ul><ul><li>Vimeo.net for video </li></ul><ul><li>Prezi.com – great way to gather ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious.com – get good at Tags and share your bookmarks </li></ul>
    9. 10. Online meetings <ul><li>Be part of a Flashmeeting </li></ul><ul><li>http://lmhtob.wikispaces.com/MFL+Flashmeeting </li></ul><ul><li>25 people can sign up, test mike and webcam to participate in online discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss from your own armchair! </li></ul>
    10. 11. What a Flashmeeting looks like!
    11. 12. Face-to-face meetings <ul><li>Show ‘n’ tell get-togethers </li></ul><ul><li>Teachmeets – Hampshire, NW, NE </li></ul><ul><li>Special conference sessions for MFL teachers with 2 min presentation slots </li></ul><ul><li>Language World, ALL conf, SW conf </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Links conf.12 & 13 Feb in Soton </li></ul>
    12. 14. Tweet!! <ul><li>Phil Beadle – Guardian Education “Following the conversation of intelligent people is like a shot of mental expresso” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.teachersfirst.com/spectopics/twitterforteachers.cfm </li></ul>
    13. 15. Getting started on Twitter <ul><li>Get someone to introduce you </li></ul><ul><li>Warning – it’s VERY public </li></ul><ul><li>It’s fabulous for instant rapport </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an online presence sensibly </li></ul><ul><li>Give, share, be kind! </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy daft things that make you laugh! </li></ul>
    14. 16. Find people to follow <ul><li>You can search for people you know </li></ul><ul><li>See who they are following and click to follow them too </li></ul><ul><li>Search lists for teachers with different interests – SEN, Maths, Management </li></ul><ul><li>Get wind of the latest news before it hits the papers! </li></ul>
    15. 17. Why is Twitter worth it? <ul><li>It’s instant </li></ul><ul><li>When you have also met some of the people, it gains hugely in meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Ask experts and get replies – Edmodo man answers me personally </li></ul><ul><li>Join in specific web chats – attach a # e.g. #EDL #FM9 #somersetmfl </li></ul>
    16. 19. Best Tip - use an aggregator! <ul><li>How can you follow lots of sites easily? </li></ul><ul><li>Get new posts “delivered” to you – you don’t need to go to each site! </li></ul><ul><li>You can keep up with large numbers of contributions and keep them for reading later or star or share </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader is free and easy to use </li></ul>
    17. 21. How to start <ul><li>Open an account </li></ul><ul><li>Go to top heading Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Find a site with RSS feed and click on it – ask to subscribe using Google Reader (or others!) </li></ul>
    18. 22. <ul><li>What I have learned is changing my teaching </li></ul><ul><li>I am more connected </li></ul><ul><li>I have benefitted from many new opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>I have more confidence </li></ul>
    19. 23. Next Steps <ul><li>Go to www.froggyval.com for links </li></ul><ul><li>Follow @froggyval on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Read the blogs of best practitioners </li></ul>
    20. 24. What have I learned? <ul><li>How to use new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2 tools – Glogster, Xtranormal, Wordle, Edmodo, Storybird, Wallwisher </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging for me and pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Connections to large group of teachers </li></ul>
    21. 25. Benefits for school <ul><li>I share what I am learning or what we are doing </li></ul><ul><li>School blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Wiki – wetpaint.com </li></ul><ul><li>Trip posterous </li></ul><ul><li>MYLO ambassador </li></ul>
    22. 26. Finally - <ul><li>You don’t always get the best CPD from expensive courses </li></ul><ul><li>You need to stay up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Read and take in new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Give your pupils a world audience </li></ul><ul><li>Start your own PLN! </li></ul>
    23. 27. LINKS <ul><li>www.edmodo.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.vimeo.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.wallwisher.com </li></ul><ul><li>Free blog by email – www.posterous.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.prezi.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net </li></ul><ul><li>www.delicious.com bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>www.flickr.com for pictures </li></ul><ul><li>www.radiolingua.com for FL podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>www.teachertrainingvideos.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// lisibo.co.uk / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// lmhtob.wikispaces.com/MFL+Flashmeeting </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs I follow </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>http:// alexblagona.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.boxoftricks.net / </li></ul><ul><li>http://chilternedgemfl.typepad.com/chiltern-edge-mfl / </li></ul><ul><li>http://domsmflpage.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// frenchteachernet.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// joedale.typepad.com/integrating_ict_into_the _/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// amandasalt.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// chrisharte.typepad.com/learner_evolution_chris_h / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// mmeperkins.typepad.com/my_weblog / </li></ul><ul><li>http://isabellejones.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http:// languagesresources.wordpress.com / </li></ul>

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