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Using Twitter as a Professional Development Tool

A presentation for the 2011 VAIS Technology Conference in Charlottesville, VA.
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Troy Roddy

on 8 April 2011

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Professional Development “The essence of successful instruction and good schools comes from the thoughts and actions of the professionals in the school” (Glickman, Gordon, & Ross-Gordon, p. 370). “Virtually any experience that enlarges a teacher’s knowledge, appreciation, skills, and understanding of his or her work falls under the domain of professional development” (Glickman, et al, p. 370-371).
Highly competent teachers find avenues for growth outside of the normal in-service and professional development routines (Karst, 1987).
Alternative formats (Glickman, et al, 2004)
- Teacher centers
- Collegial support groups
- Networks
- Teacher as writer
- Individually planned professional development

Motivation: “inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another” (Pink, 2009).
1. Sign up
2. What topics are you interested in and search for those topics
3. Share interesting links
4. If you blog, link it to your account
5. Explore educational hashtags
6. Join a chat session
7. Backchannels
8. Interact with followers
9. Respond to blog posts/subscribe to your favorites
10. Be friendly and social
11. Choose who to follow wisely
12. Get out what you put in Build your own PLN

Self-directed, community of educators, engagement, connections, chat sessions, links, resources, input, sharing, collegial
Notes:

Glickman, C. D., Gordon, S. P., Ross-Gordon, . M. 2004. Supervision and instructional
leadership: a developmental approach (6th ed) . Pearson, Boston.


Karst, R. R. 1987. New policy implications for in-service and professional development
programs for public schools. Presentation to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington DC, April.


Pink, D. H. 2009. Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. Riverhead books, New York. Using Twitter for Professional Development

by

Troy P. Roddy, Ph.D.
Head of Middle School
Wakefield School
The Plains, VA.
www.wakefieldschool.org

email: troddy@wakefieldschool.org or troy.roddy.phd@gmail.com

Twitter: @DrTroyRoddy

Founder (as far as I can tell!) of the #edleaders hashtag and chat group

Facebook: Troy P. Roddy, Ph.D.

Linkedin: Troy P. Roddy, Ph.D.

Blog: http://edleaderlounge.blogspot.com @kconners09 - twitter has connected me with resources, be able to connect with content people from around the world, create classroom connections, and share information. I attend virtual meetings using twitter that is better than PD with only those people in my own district. Challenges my thinking and excites me about creating a classroom that is student learning centered. Even as I typed this, there were others typing and some I follow and admire but have never met! @ContentLiteracy I love the ease of chatting with fellow educators via the hashtags. (If you need the most common educator hashtags, let me know.) Chatting via chat rooms can be cumbersome at times. Getting into the archive also can be frustrating, however, Twitter ‘chatting’ is as easy as putting the name of the group in the Search area and ta-da...you are with your like-minded educators. It’s PD on demand...24 hours a day. @datruss Twitter does not fall into a time slot. That means I’ve got any-time learning opportunities and I can not just look for, but also ask for help whenever I want to. @Becky_Ellis_ Using Twitter for professional development is like winning the golden ticket. You can learn far more on Twitter because you tailor it to your needs. I can find professional development specific to the subject I teach, or I can learn more about what fellow educators are thinking by reading their tweets in #edchat. Twitter is a constant source of inspiration and connection to like minded educators. Useful Links:

http://justintarte.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-steps-for-educators-new-to-twitter.html

http://justintarte.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-educators-should-be-using-twitter.html

http://www.cybraryman.com/edhashtags.html

http://cybraryman.com/chats.html#isedchat

http://edudemic.com/2011/01/the-ultimate-teachers-guide-to-social-media/

http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/twitter-strategies/

http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/twitter-strategies-pt-ii/ Recommended hashtags:
#edleaders
#isedchat
#edchat
#cpchat
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