PD, Teachers and the Principal
Since the school year ended, I have been thinking a lot about professional development for my staff, specifically, how I can lead them in the growth of their own PLN.
I see the value of a PLN on a daily basis. Subscribing in a reader, using Twitter, and reading blogs have been an incredible help to me over the last three years. Now I wonder, “How can I help others create their own PLN’s?” I did some work a while back with my staff, during after school sessions, but I did not achieve the results I had hoped for. Many staff seem interested in developing a PLN, but time and other work commitments are significant factors.
During start-up for this school year I want to discuss technology planning with our staff in greater detail. One element of this plan is creating their own PLN and I believe I can provide some leadership in this area. Although I am not a true edtech teacher, I have learned and grown my PLN from the ground up and I hope this provides some comfort level for my staff as well.
Some benefits I hope to achieve with teachers developing their own PLN are:
- Continuous PD.
- Increased technological literacy – for them and the students.
- Creating more global classrooms.
- A common growth plan goal among staff.
- Future leaders in technology.
The social media I believe are most important (to start with) are Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious and/or Diigo, and blogs. If we can get teachers using these, I believe the basic framework will be in place.
In the months following, we can get together and add various social media to the list and continue to grow together. I do not believe I should facilitate all new media. Teachers could investigate one media and share with the group, hence they lead future sessions.
This plan is still in its infancy. I welcome any input so I can make it better.
With technology so important in education today, this needs to be added directly to our Learning Improvement Plan.