Technology to Promote Learning

Three Methods

Social Media: Twitter & Facebook

As an instructional leader I will use Twitter and Facebook to communicate with students, parents, teachers, and community members. Twitter and Facebook offer the most access to my targeted audience. I can easily push out content that is immediately accessible, especially considering the proliferation of mobil devices. I will use the two platforms in slightly different ways because their formats and users vary slightly.

Most students have Twitter accounts, not as many have Facebook accounts. Today's teenagers view Facebook as an application their parents use, therefore I will push content meant for students through Twitter. My tweets to students will include reinforcing messages about our school's mission, reminders about important dates, ways to recognize student accomplishments, and student expectations. I will also maintain a separate, professional Twitter account for networking with other educators. It will allow me a chance to share with teachers and administrators content that is specific to those relationships.

Facebook offers an opportunity to communicate with parents and the community. Because Facebook allow for posting photos and more room for content, it is a great place to celebrate student accomplishments and promote upcoming events. An important job of educational leaders is to provide support for parents. Facebook is a great way to push content that informs parents about how students learn, social and emotional challenges they face, and other helpful information for parents trying to navigate 21st century learning and parenting.

Flipping Professional Development

Professional development meeting time is limited and precious. The worst professional development I have sat through has been the dissemination of information that I could have read in an email, they have been poor business meetings sold as professional development. Professional development should focus on the growth and learning of professionals, basic information or announcements should be sent via email. To combat this stale model of professional development I would use technology to flip professional development.

Teachers would be sent content a week before a professional development meeting via Google Drive, Youtube, Smore, or a podcast. This will allow our time during meetings to be spent working together collaboratively to learn about the content we had already read, watched, or listened to.

Teachers Learning from One Another: Instructional Rounds

Instructional rounds are a creative way for teachers to learn from one another and using technology will make the process even more productive. I will encourage teachers to record themselves teaching and then upload the videos to a private Youtube account that they can share with their colleagues. Teachers won't need a substitute teacher to cover their class to observe their colleagues teach. A teacher can analyze their own teaching by watching themselves, much like professional athletes watch their own performances to look for ways to improve.