I am still glowing from a one-day Pro-D experience a few weeks ago. It took my passion for technology enhanced, digi-infused, discipleship-based teaching to a whole new level. Quoting the Blog of Dave Shortreed @Mr_Shortreed, one of the day’s presenters,
Two key questions helped guide my planning for this ProD:
1. What is the goal of Professional Development?
2. What are teachers expectations for ProD?
Two good questions indeed. Imagine 250 people passionate about actively shaping the next generation of leaders…all encouraged to bring a mobile device to glean as much from the day as possible. This was exciting: a paperless conference, a wiki, an active twitter back channel, and educators beginning and developing face-to-face relationships that will be enhanced and continued online.
I have been using Twitter as my digi-connection point for Pro-D and networking with teachers and administrators. The past 11 months has been an up and down journey, but I now, 11 months later, feel like I have a handle on how to best leverage Twitter for my goals. Once of its greatest strengths is its ability to allow people to stay in touch and to track and keep a handle on what others are in to – aka what they are tweeting. One of my favourite things to do is to either meet face-to-face someone I actively follow on Twitter, or to start following someone I have just made a connection with in person. Twitter is my Eduglean – it let’s me connect with and learn from those I choose.
During this event, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people, or introducing two people who didn’t yet know each other but shared the same interests, or networking our staff with those from other schools. This is one of the necessary bi-products of a one-day conference: there is no real-time to follow-up. Email, Skype, Twitter, Blogs, and yes, the phone are all ways people could continue the connections made.
As I reflect, the most exciting aspect of my day were the number of conversations that finished with, TBC. So, perhaps ‘finished’ is the wrong word…and so is ‘ended’. Perhaps ‘paused’ is the best. Many, many of my conversations ‘paused’ with To Be Continued…on Twitter, or on Skype, or on Email, until the next time we are together. That is when we will give a live face-to-face update on what has been happening in the space between tweets, emails, and Skype calls.