Purpose & objective
What does it mean to trend the positive as a connected educator? As presenters, we will explore this question and discuss our personal journeys in learning and sharing the good happening in our schools through social media with #CelebrateMonday, #EdBeat, and EdCamp.
With opportunities for networked collaboration at the fingertips of practically every educator in the world, the potential for connection is limitless. For us, being connected educators has truly been about personalizing our networks and nurturing the bonds that have been created. This journey to becoming a connected educator can be quite powerful and the experience transformational--connections developing into friendships and then friendships into bonds to last a lifetime.
Through active and interactive participation, it is our hope that session participants will be guided to start their journeys of joining a connected culture of educators that not only engage and inspire, but that also offer powerful, transformational learning. All session participants will leave with ready-to-implement ideas to design their own personalized Professional Learning Networks and spark positive movements in their own schools with social media.
Learning Objective 1:
Session participants will gain an understanding of ways to engage as "connected educators" and share the positive in schools with use of digital technologies and innovative practices.
Learning Objective 2:
Session participants will discover specific ways to personalize their Professional Learning Networks and develop both professionally and personally within collaborative learning networks.
Learning Objective 3:
Session participants will discover ways to inspire a culture of positivity and shift mindsets to promote excellence and shared vision within an educational organization.
Presenters will use an interactive, multimedia presentation to engage participants. Inspired discussion and interactive demonstrations will further encourage attendee participation through sharing, conversation, and exploration of topics. Weblinks, digital graphics, and video will be used to demonstrate concepts. New digital technologies that allow educators to connect and collaborate will be demonstrated and then attendees will be invited to participate in discussion, sharing, and discovery of digital tools.
1.Twitter Chats: Presenters will detail their journey as moderators of the widely popular #EdBeat chat. Inspiring educators to share the positive and celebrate the profession of teaching, the chat brings together a community of educators. We will detail the basics of Twitter and also highlight chats that inspire and empower the voice of the teacher.
Participants will be invited to share the positive in a discussion of the #CelebrateMonday movement and its impact on 1,000s of educators worldwide.
2. Expand Conversations: With Twitter as a wonderful entry point to ignite ideas and spark discussions, conversations can be expanded and further explored with innovative formats and collaboration tools. Practices such as blogging and videoconferencing will be discussed, and tools such as Remind, Voxer, Nearpod, and Periscope will be explored through interactive demonstrations.
3. Focus on Engaging and Developing Relationships: A key to being a connected educator is to keep focus on developing, supporting, and nurturing connections. Relationships are key, and any thriving PLN is built around people first, not places, programs, or tools. We will share about the EdCamp movement that empowers teachers to share and learn together and will detail ways that session attendees can locate EdCamp locations near their hometowns.
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