Taking Charge of Your Own Professional Development
Listen and learn : Snapshot
Wednesday, June 26, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Room 111
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Gamify Professional Learning
Naomi Austin Jon Craig Sarah Fromhold Maureen Hayes Debbie Holman Kimberly Isham Holly King Jamie Leach Jennifer Ledford Heather Lippert ELizabeth Merce Kristen Nan Rachelle Dene Poth Louie Soper Amy Storer Don Sturm Amanda Tatum
Where does one go to become “connected"? Sometimes it just happens when you least expect it! Come learn how we formed a thriving PLN after connecting in a Voxer book study of "The Four O’Clock Faculty."
|Audience:||Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Participants will use the VOXER app on their smartphones,|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Communication and collaboration|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
Participants will know how to use VOXER as a communication tool for forming PLNs, and book study groups. They will understand the power of voice in making lasting connections with other educators from across the nation.
The panel will share their experiences in #40CFPLN and there will be a question and answer period.
VOXER is a walkie talkie app that allows people to connect through voice, text, images, gifs, and video.
Our panel hopes to encourage others to form PLNs that span the nation.
5 mins-Panel Introductions
10-15 mins-Panel members share responses to question, "What does it mean to be a connected educator?"
5-10 minutes-demonstration of #40CFPLN conversation thread.
10-15 minutes-Panel will give instructions and assist participants in getting onto VOXER app and connecting in a special ISTE VOXER group.
10-15 minutes for questions
Developing personal learning networks for open and social learning
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Moving beyond silos: professional learning networks in higher education, TorreyTrust, The Internet and Higher Education
Volume 35, October 2017, Pages 1-11
Vanblaere, B., & Devos, G. (2015). Characteristics of teachers and professional learning communities related to experienced teachers' learning. In European Conference on Educational Research.
Four O’Clock Faculty, Rich Czyz
Krutka, D. G., & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers. Computers & education, 102, 15-34.
DuFour, R. (2014). Harnessing the power of PLCS. Educational Leadership, 71(8), 30-35
T., Zoul, J., & Casas, J.(2015). What Connected Educators Do Differently. New York: Routledge.
Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age By Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Lani Ritter Hall
Kimberly Isham is a Reading Specialist at Lee Elementary in Caddo Mills, TX. She has the joy of teaching First through Fifth grade students in daily Literacy groups, guiding them to become independent readers. During her 28 years in teaching, she has taught First Grade, Third Grade, and Reading Recovery. Becoming a connected educator has reignited her passion for literacy and learning.
#4OCFPLN is a group of educators from all across the United States. We represent all grade levels, K-College. We are teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators. We share a passion for students and education. We can't wait to share our passion with you.
Amy Storer is an instructional coach and lead technology integration mentor in Montgomery, TX. She loves being an instructional coach and working alongside the wonderful educators of Keenan Elementary School. She is a distinguished educator that encourages and motivates others to reach far beyond the classroom walls to make learning more meaningful and inspiring. She has a true passion for working with other educators and students to empower them to make and foster global connections.