All a Twitter: Professional Learning at LIS

Learn by Flickr user Mark Brannan under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Learn by Flickr user Mark Brannan under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This is an exciting year at LIS, as our secondary school is embarking on developing a new vision for professional learning.  In the past, our professional learning committee has primarily managed the professional learning budget, deciding whether or not teachers get their PD applications funded.  This year we have a professional learning team (I’m on it!) which consists of our deputy principal, our MYP and DP coordinators and two teachers. We will still evaluate and approve funding applications, but we are also charged with promoting a culture of life-long learning amongst the secondary school faculty.

We’ve accomplished quite a bit in our first few weeks of existence, but the thing I am most excited about is our new professional learning blog.  I’m not excited about its look (I promise I’ll do something visually pleasing soon!) but I am excited about the move to get teachers developing their own PLN (Personal Learning Network). I believe that empowering teachers to direct their own professional learning, rather than wait for school funded PD once a year, is at the core of school growth and success.  I’ve been a longtime PLN promoter, and COETAIL has only continued to grow my faith in my PLN.  One of my favorite tools is Twitter, which is why I decided to make our first “Your PLN” resource page about Twitter.  Amongst other resources on that page is the Twitter for Teachers infographic from the USC Rossier School of Education.

Twitter for Teachers Infographic

Twitter for Teachers

There are a ton of infographics out there about Twitter for Teachers, but this one struck me because it’s clear, clean and accessible to not so tech savvy folks.  After all, not so techie teachers are probably my most important target audience!  Hopefully a few Tech Tuesdays, a lot of encouragement and this infographic will help my teachers to feel like this bird:

Photo by Flickr user mkhmarketing under CC BY 2.0

Photo by Flickr user mkhmarketing under CC BY 2.0

5 thoughts on “All a Twitter: Professional Learning at LIS

  1. I love the infographic about twitter! What a great find! Also, I like your professional development blog and I think our school will benefit greatly from it!

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    • Hi Ju,

      Thanks for the comment. I, as you know, am a huge Twitter fan, so I was really happy to find this easy to understand introduction. Here’s hoping LIS folks will think so as well.

      Thanks,
      Katy

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  2. As always Katy, you are an inspiration. Twitter still scares the living bejeezus out of me. I have an account (I think I have only ‘tweeted’ (Is that the right verb?) twice – and that made my heart palpitate. I really haven’t gotten to the bottom of why I am so resistant to Twitter – this might take some long hours on a psychoanalyst’s couch 🙂

    Your infographic reminds me of all the good in Twitter and that when I get on board it will only enhance my teaching. Some day (I hope soon) I will make the leap! Your school is lucky to have your enthusiasm, creativity and passion!

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    • Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for the kind words. 🙂 You are very generous. Don’t worry about being a “twit” on twitter. There are tons of people making fools of themselves out there, and lurking on Twitter is a perfectly valid use of the tool. I’m glad that you responded positively tot his infographic, because it is precisely the Twitter-averse I was aiming at in this selection. You’re an excellent test subject! In so many ways, Twitter is a goldmine of information, but it can also be super overwhelming. Just choose a few people and a few hashtags to follow and dive in. Retweeting is the easiest way to jump into sharing content instead of just consuming it.

      Oh yeah, one more thing! What’s your twitter handle? I’m @katyvance.

      Thanks,
      Katy

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  3. Hi Katy,

    Thanks for posting this infographic… I still don’t feel that I have anything interesting enough to tweet myself (!), but I really appreciate knowing how to access and use all the information that is out there and being shared in the global community of educators.

    Thanks also for all the stuff you’ve done on the professional learning blog… the days of an application with a random Word document and a cheeky little Excel spreadsheet are but a distant memory! 🙂

    Sheila

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