Later, in early July, I was asked by the Instructional Technology Facilitators to share with our Pinnacle Leaders during their summer training session. Pinnacle is a group of technology-driven teacher-leaders, K-12, selected through an extensive application process. Pinnacle teachers join a cohort and lead technology-driven instructional professional development within their schools. The ITF's asked me to discuss the value of Professional Learning Networks, so I facilitated a discussion called "The Power of the PLN." (Also, see: #PowerofPLN)
Learned more about the #powerofPLN from @CSmithGoBlue today and importance of sharing that power w/ others! #gcspinnacle
— Katherine Leatherman (@kaleathe615) July 9, 2014
Thank you @CSmithGoBlue for igniting our session on PLNs! These Pinnacle leaders are on fire! #gcsk12
— Aundrea Jenkins (@aundreajenkins) July 9, 2014
Thanks @CSmithGoBlue for the great PLN info. today. Great clarification of PLC vs. PLN and why every teacher needs a PLN!I was truly honored to engage both groups. But this post isn't about me.
— Audra Robertson (@RobertsonNBCT) July 9, 2014
It's evident the realization and value of being a "Connected Educator" is now being embraced in our district, and thankfully so.
I take great pride in frequently being referenced as "the Twitter guy" within our school and throughout the District. The two aforementioned opportunities demonstrated a very important fact: Our district has recognized how being a Connected Educator greatly improves your own learning, leadership, and instruction. Ultimately, this improves our schools and impacts our students.
Maybe "recognized" isn't the correct identifier. Perhaps I should say being a Connected Educator is now widely supported.
Three years ago, I cold not have imagined presenting to both of the above groups on hashtags, PLN's, and connecting.
I have always touted serving as "the example" in our District of the limitless professional growth opportunities within Social Media and how SM, primarily Twitter, can be used positively within our schools (I.e. #ncadmin, #AHSChat).
After this summer, maybe I don't have to be the example. Maybe other educators are now willing to be the example...and more importantly, are supported to do so.
Thanks for reading,
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