Micro-PD in the Faculty Room

Imagine gaining a new resource or idea every time you walked into the faculty room, and not necessarily from your own faculty...

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What if every faculty room installed a large touch-screen monitor (or even an iPad with a large TV display), that showed a visual stream of tweets? Then, teachers could walk into the faculty room and literally touch an idea (a link, a photo, etc) and skim an article or get inspiration there.

After they finish, they could push "back" and return the screen to the stream of tweets so it's ready for the next teacher to interact with it (and of course teachers could gather around the screen in small groups to interact together). 

To get started, the school could pick a hashtag of interest (e.g., if the community wants to learn more about design thinking, they could follow #dtk12chat or #dare2design) but overtime, that could be overtaken by a school hashtag where people within the school community begin to share resources they find online, knowing their colleagues could "run into them" in the faculty room. 

Imagine if you could engage with a new resource or get a new idea *every* time you walked into the faculty room?

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I like the fact that this makes a clear push to get Twitter and networking in front of teachers who may not have a PLN or any networking experience. I wonder if teachers would feel like it's an intrusion into a "downtime" space? I also wonder if there's a way to have teachers send interesting articles to themselves to read later. Could there be an interface component which lets teachers e-mail an interesting article to themselves?
Finally, I see the value of a big screen drawing attention, but that's harder to read. The flipside might be to have it running on a couple of tablets in the center of common tables?

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Your idea has got me thinking about digital signage aimed at teachers.  As you said, have them in common work areas, but maybe also smaller ones in classrooms wherever teachers sit and work.

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That's a great idea John Faig I wonder if something like a simple Raspberry Pi and screen could work? http://us.kano.me/products/screen-kit ;

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Margaret Powers  That kit looks like a great idea if students are going to build the screens.  If it is an IT endevour, then I'd go with LCD displays and Chromecast HDMI or USB sticks.  Once the LCDs are connected to the Internet, I've seen a few inexpensive/free services that will display and control the content.

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I like this idea! It doesn't require a live person.

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Thanks Christy Novack I would love to see it tested in a few schools! 

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Really like this one Margaret!  This inspired a component of the idea I just posted regarding "reinventing the teacher's lounge".  Thanks!

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I've seen some newer schools that have dedicated space for teachers to collaborate (bullpens) as well as private spaces.  This would be a great addition to the bullpen.  I'm also thinking of adding digital signage to teacher areas of our school, so they can see what's happening without having to check their computers.

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I love this idea, Maggie. I think having a a touch screen would help teachers experience the interactivity of the online world. I really love the idea that over time, it would be overtaken by the school hashtag - growing as everyone grows their PLN.

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Thanks Krissy! I agree, the interactivity would make it more engaging. Now I have to see if I can track down a big touch screen! 

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Love this - especially since it exposes all teachers to the conversations happening on social media - and not just the "Techie" ones.

What if this went a step further and instead of it being a blind feed - it was actually a moderated feed where selected tweets or other social media feeds are culled, curated, paired with similar messages and/or expounded upon

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That's a great idea Chris! Maybe a curator could be elected (and rotated through the faculty) to choose which hashtags and accounts we follow each week or month to highlight different issues and ideas. 

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A simple idea that could be easily implemented. The potential for teachers to not only find an interesting thought or idea from a tweet is high, but even higher is the potential for technophobes to see how simple it is to exchange thoughts and ideas in the twittersphere.