Twitter Chats for Recertification

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If you're seeing this, you are probably on Twitter.  But what about the millions of teachers in the world who aren't connected?  Who are intimidated?  Who don't see the value?  Who are lost when it comes to meaningful tech integration; not because it's a choice, but because they are intimidated, overwhelmed, and unsure of its value?  How might we connect the unconnected?

#WhatIf we worked to allow participation and engagement in educational or content-based Twitter Chats for teacher recertification purposes?  

If we are going to reimagine PD, let's look at the world as it is, and build around what we have to get to where we need to go.  Twitter Chats are free; timely; accessible; engaging; and THE BEST source of professional development I have ever had.  Let's build a PD environment that not only celebrates and honors the time educators spend on them, but encourages those unconnected to get connected and build a bigger, deeper PLN.

Let's systemically encourage connection and professional development AT ALL TIMES to support a globalized-learning mindset.  Innovation comes from collaboration, engagement, the sharing of ideas, a deep-level of content knowledge, and, to quote Wayne Gretzky, "skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is."  

In order to make this work, there are two different ways and means in which to "sell" this to a district: The Criteria approach, and the Value approach:

  • Criteria approach
    • Who
      • Principal, Certification Committee, other school/district leadership
    • What
      • Identify the current criteria for issuing recertification hours, and align the "pitch" to those criteria.
        • Example:
          • CRITERIA: All PD for certification must have direct and explicit instructional/classroom alignment
          • PITCH: "Twitter Chats, like #sblchat, #dtk12chat, #edchatme, #1to1techat, #ReImaginePD, and #dtk12chat are all intentionally and explicitly focused on improving instruction, designing curriculum and assessment, improving educational systems, providing new and sharing existing resources, collaborative problem-solving, connecting globally, and creating innovative solutions and ideas."
            • Click the links to see examples of archived Twitter Chats using
      • Identify and defend the financial implications
        • $0.00
          • No substitute teachers needed.
          • No registration fees.
          • No travel reimbursements.
          • All of the benefits of a conference, without the financial burden.
  • Value approach
    • Time
      • Classroom instructional time isn't lost
      • Twitter chats are variable in time, depending on the topic/content.  This allows flexibility in choosing which chats to engage.
      • Direct connection to local, national, and global experts.
    • Connections
      • Teachers are not alone in anything they are trying to do.  Using Twitter and Twitter Chats are easy means to connect to a community of people trying to solve the exact same problems they are.
    • Personalization
      • Teachers have voice in their learning which creates greater immersion in the topic and passion.

Here's how to include accountability into this idea:

1) Use Storify to archive the chat and provide evidence of participation

2) Provide a short summary of what was learned

3) Develop an action plan for implementing changes as a result of what was learned/discussed (this gets shared with building administration).

4) These are submitted monthly and/or bi-monthly.

Evaluation results

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1. Do you love this idea?

Yes! I love this idea. - 100%

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Twitter Chats for Recertification2.pdf

This is the basic proposal I brought to my school district's recertification committee.


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Matthew Drewette-Card PD program for teachers by teachers can work wonders. The connect is that much more as they tackle real time common problems. The buy-in therefore is stronger. 

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I agree wholeheartedly.  The true power of learning doesn't come from instruction or resources; it comes from autonomy, independence, freedom, and choice.

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