Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Steps An Invitation

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 Image Credit: My friend,  mrsdkrebs Denise Krebs, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0

It's always baby steps.

Change is not easy.

But change is coming.

Our learners are expecting more from us.

My last post explained how #PSESD Literacy is guiding staff in baby steps. I shared it to invite our school staff to take a baby step, to try Twitter, and to ask for help in joining the community of learners online.

It also isn't easy to be the one person inviting others to join in the reforming changes in education.  Just today, I participated in the #dcmchat with Alec Couros, a hero of mine who understands the openness and positive connectedness of social media. He is Professor of #edtech, #media, #education researcher, #consultant, #connected educator, keynote speaker; and #open scholar as Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with 57,000 followers.  One of his current courses is DCMOOC: Digital Citizenship Massive Open Online Course of which #dcmchat is part. In the chat I was able to share our school's strategies for teaching Digital Citizenship and able to share our Digital Eagles site for others to learn about

One of my other Twitter friends, Paul Solarz shared his students' videos on tech in the classroom which will inspire my students current work.

And I reconnected with others using a Google Citizenship project I have found, but not used yet. After connecting with Erin on Twitter about how she uses this curriculum, I will be able to have a more informed approach as I incorporate this next year:

As you can see, Twitter is a conversation, a give and take, an open and collaborative conversation that enriches my practice, and can do the same for yours.

After this chat, but still part of the #dcmchat conversation, were these tweets, which I share because it is not easy to reach out, and it is disheartening, but it is a responsibility share knowledge and information, to provide the invitation.

Why is this important? Because the change is here, now. Our students expect more from us, to be a part of their world. As Alec tweeted:

So, again, I reach out with this sharing of one Twitter Chat as an example, and a continuation of the one from my last post about #WaTeachLead.  Because today this tweet from them invites us to a blogathon about the Common Core to learn blogging and Common Core as part of PSESD CORElaborate

 So, if Twitter isn't your first choice at a baby step, how about starting a blog and share your Common Core strategies with others?

Again, if this will be a school Blogger blog, follow the protocol of naming for consistency, just as for Twitter:


My Twitter
My School Blog

Once again, I invite you to try Twitter or Blogger (part of our Google Apps).

There's even  Edublog Teacher Blogging Challenges to help you get started -- I'd be happy to help.

Take a step, a baby step, at learning something new.  Contact Sheri for getting started.

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Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.