I am presenting a session at our Division‘s PD tomorrow 0n personal blogging for teachers and administrators. It is part of a panel presentation on Social Media in Schools. I only have about 20 minutes, but have about 90 minutes of materials prepared. I still have to pare it down to the bare essentials. Fortunately, I have the presentation in a GOogle Doc that those attending will be able to access afterwards. A BIG thanks to George Couros for providing me with his information on the topic – it has helped me a lot.
I think my main approach is going to follow my progress from microblogging (Twitter) to the Portfolio Blog I currently use. The progression and thoughts around the process I underwent is as follows
- Twitter is a microblogging tool – a great step to blogging as a reflective tool
- The most important piece in utilizing Twitter as a PD tool is in who you follow
- Follow people who post links to blogs, articles, and videos
- Don’t be afraid to just lurk at first
- If you aren’t sure what to Tweet, start by Retweeting
- Move on to tweeting your thoughts about different topics
- Twitter will suggest followers for you
- Like every other social media site, there will be spam (But I have found VERY little of this on Twitter)
- Your PLN should begin to develop (Personal Learning Network)
- A PLN is primarily the impetus to grow as a learner
- As you follow blogs and tweets, make comments, and don’t be afraid to disagree
- Start a blog for you class/school
- I have had blogs on school information, My schedule and blogs I only share with teachers.
- I have seen blogs used very effectively as a planning/learning tool – even to provide sub plans for the class when the teacher is away (This works VERY well)
- Start using a Blog as a Reflective tool
- Model reflection for students
- Will initiate deeper thinking for yourself
- A blog as a portfolio is a natural development from reflection to goal setting and providing evidence of growth.
- There is no reason a blog CANNOT be used as a Professional Growth Plan – I would argue it is probably the most dynamic version of the PGP I have experienced. There is constant evidence and reflection of growth.
This is my journey. I am extremely happy with what I have gained from using a blog as a portfolio/Professional Development tool. I see no reason to not continue this practice, and to encourage it in interested staff as well.