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.
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: