I learned a familiar lesson about professional development – you don’t have to go far or pay much.
Today I grabbed the opportunity to join the Twitter stream #edchat, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. This regular Twitter discussion was created by Tom Whitby and Shelley Terrell. For me in Melbourne, Australia, #edchat takes place on a Wednesday morning so school interferes. This year I have Wednesdays devoted to my role as learning enhancement coordinator, and so I jumped into the #edchat stream for the first part of my morning, frantically trying to keep up with my racing #edchat Twitter column.
A more exciting and informative form of professional development you will be hard pressed to find. The topic was:
What are specific ways educators can incorporate Social Media as a tool for learning into content-driven curriculum?
Being the dymanic multi-tasker that I am, I started pulling out shared links which caught my interest and ended up with a very long list.
Social media revolution 2 (video)
Twitter for teachers (youtube)
Come together (post by Shelley Terrell)
Do blogs develop content learning? (kids’ maths blog)
Well, that should keep me busy and fill out my curriculum-based wikis and Diigo bookmarks. AND I have new educators to follow on Twitter, more blogs to save into my Google Reader. I highly recommend the experience. Hope I get to do it again soon, but meanwhile the tweets are always there.