IMPACT: 365 Days of Sharing Ideas Through a Hashtag
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Monday, June 25, 4:30–5:30 pm
How can you contribute to our global educational community in 100 or 365 days? Setting a personal goal to tweet an idea or resource to instructional coaches for 365 days has been a success. Learn how you can make an impact by creating your own 100 or 365 day goal.
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Participants will be encouraged to share their ideas for future projects on a collaborative Padlet wall. The Padlet wall can be accessed through an Internet browser or the Padlet app. Small groups may start laying the foundation for their collaborative project during our session, so devices are recommended.|
|Topic:||Best practices and models for coaching|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
Over the past few years, many educators have dedicated their time to connecting with other teachers across the globe through social networking sites. Twitter chats have enabled teachers to share ideas, ask questions, and build their professional learning network. A lot of my professional learning comes from reading tweets, articles, and viewing videos from teachers on Twitter. This type of professional development is becoming more common as teachers can quickly connect with each other through their laptop or phone while waiting to catch their next flight at the airport.
In this session, participants will learn how an interactive lecture at ISTE 2016 lead to the creation of a year long goal of sharing ideas. My “Life as a Coach” interactive lecture provided participants with strategies for building relationships and supporting growth in 1:1 environments. A live Twitter chat was aligned with the session topics and allowed participants in the room to share their ideas and connect with other coaches. Upon returning from ISTE, I reflected over the success of the session and wondered how I could continue to contribute to the global education community. In December 2016, a new idea, a new Twitter account, and a new hashtag was born.
During IMPACT: 365 Days of Sharing Ideas through a Hashtag, participants will learn about my 365 day goal of sharing a daily tip, idea, or resource to both future and current instructional coaches. Participants will hear my journey of getting started, the ups and downs of setting such a big goal, and the motivation I needed to finish the project. An overview of technology tools that helped me stay organized and share my ideas with the world will be featured. (Google Docs, Canva, Bitmoji, Twitter, and TweetDeck)
I have already received feedback from educators on how my #365EDUcoaching tweets have helped them in their current role in schools. I plan to reach out to the followers and ask them more in depth questions on the effectiveness of my 365 day goal. Their feedback will be shared among the participants in this session.
During the last 20 minutes of our session, participants will be given time to generate ideas for a topic or goal similar to #365EDUcoaching. The educators will have time to think about how they can make an impact and share their knowledge and expertise for a specific audience. This audience could be educators in their school, district, or across the globe. They will have the opportunity to connect with others in the room through our Padlet wall to create collaborative groups moving forward with their goal.
Extending the Experience - An ongoing communication tool will be available for participants to follow up with each other after the ISTE conference is over. We will use this as a way to continue to motivate each other, ask questions, and provide feedback.
5 minutes - Introduction and Welcome
-Participants will be welcomed to the session followed by an explanation of how to access the collaborative resources & session materials.
15 minutes - 365 Days of Tweets - What and Why?
-Explanation of a typical 365 project and why people complete them.
-Explanation of how my 365 day goal was inspired and created based on the success of my ISTE 2016 Interactive Lecture on “Life as a Coach.” How I changed the typical 365 project to fit in with my personal goal. 365 projects generally connect to photography. I put my own twist on the 365 project and turned it into tweets.
-Why #365EDUcoaching was created. I wanted to continue to share my daily experiences with both future and current coaches, start conversations, and connect educators in similar roles. When I started in my role five years ago, I didn’t have a mentor who had been coaching for several years. My hope was to share my ideas and experiences with new coaches just starting out in their role.
-Examples of projects from other educators (#Sketch50, Sharon Drummond’s 100 days of #SharonDrawsData, Clay Reisler’s 365 days of songs, #100daysPD from Allison Burt)
10 minutes - How? My Journey of starting and finishing my 365 Day Goal.
-Overview of technology tools that helped me stay organized and share my ideas with the world. These tools include Google Docs, Canva, Bitmoji, Twitter, and TweetDeck.
-Participants will hear my journey of getting started with the project, the ups and downs of setting such a big personal goal, and the motivation I needed to finish the project.
-Feedback and data gathered from my PLN about the effectiveness and impact of my 365 goal will be shared with the session participants.
10 minutes - How can we make an IMPACT as a group?
-How do you get started with something like #365EDUcoaching?
-What professional knowledge or skills do you have that you can share with the world? What are you passionate about?
-What will your overall topic be?
-How can your topic truly make a difference?
-Who is your audience?
-Who can you work with on this topic?
-How can we as a group continue to support each other? What do you need?
15-20 minutes - Generating Ideas and Setting Goals
- Audience Activity - Participants will be given time to generate ideas for a topic or goal, contribute to the Padlet, and pair up with educators in the room. Participants will have time to start working on a plan to make an impact in our global education community. The commenting feature of Padlet will be on so as ideas are generated, participants can comment and form groups.
- Extending the Experience - An ongoing communication tool will be available for participants to follow up with each other after the ISTE conference is over. We will use this as a way to continue to motivate each other, ask questions, and provide feedback.
Professional learning networks take an organic, grassroots approach
By Robin L. Flanigan
Trust, Torrey & Krutka, Daniel & Carpenter, Jeffrey. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers.
Megan Ryder started her educational career on figure skates, teaching basic skills to skaters of all ages while working on her elementary education degree at Western Michigan University. Megan completed her masters degree in Instructional Technology from Lewis University in 2012. After teaching fifth grade for seven years, she became an instructional coach for two elementary schools and one middle school in the suburbs of Chicago. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2015. Follow Megan on Twitter @MrsRyder58 and @365DaysEDUcoach.