“Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other's fund of collective intelligence.”
This school year our principal boldly stepped out on an "educational limb" and made the decision to include Building Your PLN with Twitter one of our three School Improvement Goals (SIP) for the school year.
As a self confessed Twitterholic or Twitvangelist I was thrilled to see this bold move. I know first hand how connecting, collaborating, sharing and learning on Twitter can transform your professional life. As the librarian and technology coordinator the task of teaching Twitter to our staff fell on my shoulders.
My principal called a mandatory professional development session (something he rarely does) for the purpose of learning Twitter to build your PLN. Knowing that a "forced" professional development doesn't always create the best environment for learning but is sometimes a necessary evil, I tried to sweeten the deal by providing hot donuts and freshly brewed coffee for our staff to enjoy while learning how to use Twitter to build their PLN.
- "forced" to attend a PD session the day after staying at school late for Parent Night and during the crazy flurry of Club Day activities
- skittish about using social media
"I'm not sharing my lesson plans or activities with anyone.
I worked to hard to make them to just give them away."