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25 Ways Teachers Can Connect More With Their Colleagues

25 Ways Teachers Can Connect More With Their Colleagues

15 Internet Trends That Are Changing How We Connect 15 Internet Trends That Are Changing How We Connect by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on Mary Meeker from leading venture capital investors Kleiner Perkins presented on internet trends at Stanford last week. It’s worth reviewing. The money quote: “The magnitude of upcoming change will be stunning—we are still in spring training.” Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration Last week, Chrissy and I were invited to give our presentation from ASB Unplugged, Hardware is Not Enough: The Teacher-Facilitator Partnership, to our Headmaster, Dr. Bill Gerritz, and Deputy Headmaster, Andy Davies. Bill and Andy had heard a brief overview when we reported back about the conference, and wanted to get a deeper understanding of how Chrissy and I see the relationship between teachers and technology facilitators.

Teachability - teacher community for sharing ideas, advice, and more Teachability is a teacher community for sharing ideas, tips, advice, resources, and much more. It is made up of different communities based on topics such as STEM, Common Core, Class Size, ELL, Funding, First Year Teaching, Special Education and much more. Each community has resources, a forum, and more. Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age In his 2005 article Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, Siemens outlined a new way of thinking about learning based on the recent advances in information technology. He argues that this new theory, connectivism, supersedes previous learning theories, including behaviourism, cognitivism, and contructivism. In this post, I am seeking to further my understanding of this new theory, examine its limitations, and consider its relevance to both classroom teaching as well as knowledge management practices within organizations. Defining Connectivism In the article, Siemens outlines the fundamental principles of connectivism:

Tech Coaching / Overview The Tech Coaching Program at Abingdon Elementary School employs a 1:1 coaching model. The Tech Coach meets with each teacher enrolled in the program to plan SMART goals, specific goals with measurable results, related to technology integration. Together, they plan a lesson that meets those goals, ensuring that the lesson allows students to meet objectives in technology as well as the content area. Supported by training and in-class assistance provided by the tech coach, the classroom teacher implements the lesson. They document their work, evaluate the effectiveness of the technology to accomplish the content objectives, and reflect on the process in order to inform their instruction of future lessons. Here are a few of the projects that have been done at Abingdon through the Tech Coaching Program.

Teachers Working with Teachers: Reform through Collaboration and Continuity of Leadership (Part 1 Want to give a “no excuses” reformer a stroke? Suggest that teachers working together on a daily basis have a better shot at improving teaching and learning than the highly marketed structural changes of standards-based testing and accountability, Common Core standards, more charter schools, and evaluating educator performance through student scores. Too many reform-driven policymakers high on the rhetoric of these current reforms ignore how much improvement in teaching and learning can occur when teachers work collectively in their classrooms and schools to improve their content knowledge and teaching skills aimed at common district goals.

Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age December 12, 2004 George Siemens Update (April 5, 2005): I've added a website to explore this concept at Introduction Technology Coaching Coaching may be the most effective way to convert reluctant colleagues into enthusiastic users of new technologies. As mentioned throughout this book, in the first twenty years of introducing computers to schools, we relied too heavily on staff development classes to introduce computers. These strategies, if we were lucky and talented, sometimes reached an enthusiastic 15-30 per cent of our colleagues. But now we need to reach the perennially reluctant and those who have been eager but frustrated.

21st Century PLNs for School Leaders As many school administrators are enjoying their summer break, we all tend to think of ways that we can make our school better in the upcoming year. Often, I point school principals and district leaders to a powerful post by Will Richardson that helps us point the finger right at ourselves when we are looking to push our school ahead. Richardson states: Graduate Program in Training and Development @ Roosevelt University Connectivism: A new learning theory? Guest Blogger: Barry I came across the term Connectivism coined by George Siemens while doing research for TRDV 499 Master paper. The concept is interesting, giving thought to the digital era and how we learn.

Lessons Learned: Tips for New Technology Facilitators Cross-posted on the TechLearning Advisors Blog It’s hard to believe that our summer holidays are officially over today and we start back to school bright and early tomorrow morning! I must admit, I’ve had a wonderful holiday: a week on Koh Racha in the south of Thailand, a few weeks in the United States spending time with family and friends – including a quick trip to St. Louis to lead a one-day session for MICDS Summer Learning (thanks to Elizabeth, Pat and Greg for taking such good care of me while I was there), and finally a luxurious week in the Maldives to celebrate my 5-year wedding anniversary. So, I can definitely say that I’m well-rested and ready to start the new year!

What does your PLN look like? You may have heard colleagues talk about their PLNs—their personal learning networks—or you may have one of your own. But just what is a personal learning network, and why is it so helpful for educators? What is a PLN?