1:1 Coaching, collaboration and PLN building

This year, part of our professional learning plan offers  a coaching model. A teacher can choose to work with a colleague who takes on a coaching role, helping the teacher to achieve their professional learning goal for the year. I’m working 1:1 with some teachers who have goals related to to their integration of ICT into their teaching or another aspect of their role.

I’ve chosen Edmodo as the tool for us to record our progress through the year. A couple of reasons guided this choice. Some of our students will be using Edmodo for class activities this year, so it will be beneficial to have a number of teachers familiar with its use. Also, I’m asking the teachers involved in the coaching if they are willing to share their ‘journey’ with others who are also involved. Edmodo facilitates this easily by being able to form a group where they can see each other’s posts. So while the coaching sessions are 1:1, Edmodo provides a facility for collaboration.

This then leads on to the idea of the coaching sessions having some part in building our professional learning network (PLN). It will be good to see how this way of working will help teachers achieve their teaching goals, and together, build our PLN’s.

I’d suggest a great start to seeing how a teacher incorporates Edmodo into her teaching and learning is this blog post by Bianca Hewes.

Teachers starting with Twitter

Some teachers have used Twitter for years and have posted thousands of tweets and gathered thousands of followers. Some have heard of it but never used it. These notes are for some colleagues who are new to Twitter and want to start using it.

So you’ve heard of Twitter, may have opened an account, but it really hasn’t gone anywhere useful. Maybe followed a couple of people, ‘posted’ once or twice and then left it because it seemed useless. I did the same when I started. Twitter is a tool that relies on ‘following’ enough interesting people and being ‘followed’ by enough interesting people… and having conversations with them and sharing useful information and links.

It’s been suggested that there are 4 main stages people go through in taking up Twitter.

So why should teachers use Twitter? Well, simply…

– To be connected to other teachers around the world who share a common interest and expertise. You may have great colleagues at the school where you work, and there are thousands more around the world.

– And because of that, you can develop a Professional (or Personal) Learning Network (PLN) where you can get help and feedback, and provide it for others.

The 4 Corners program on 6 Feb 2012 ‘Revolution in the classroom’ provided a spark for a great Twitter conversation for people following the hashtag #4corners  (What’s a Twitter hashtag?). So if you’ve been tentative and want to start, grab someone you know who uses Twitter, and start following (and tweeting). And when you’re stuck and no one’s around, tweet for help or go to Twitter support!



Wikipedia’s entry on Twitter

Mashable.com ‘Twitter Guide Book’

Twitter basics – help from Twitter.com