Last month, I read The Clever Pink Pirate's post
about hosting a real life Pinterest party. She invited crafters, bloggers and friends for an informal gathering to try Pinterest inspired recipes and crafts.
I loved the party theme. I thought this might be fun to try at work, maybe
before school starts, where colleagues could get together and make the teacher
binder or bulletin board that was pinned in early June:) For me it is not so
much about getting more stuff done, but spending time with friends I haven't
seen all summer!
of her strategies could be employed by any educator. She suggests:
1) Show, don't tell. Create a 3 minute video that shows teachers in action using a new technology (or classroom management strategy, or teaching
technique). Teachers could create videos starring students who are solving challenges, explaining content, or demonstrating a procedure.
2) Teach with TV. Produce a 20 minute monthly show to be broadcast on your district,
school, or class website. This could feature any teaching strategy for PD
purposes or in the classroom, serve as a longer review for students who need to
see things explained in a variety of formats or multiple times. No TV station
to host your broadcast? Use U-Stream to broadcast your own online show.
3) Be "liked". Monique's department has created a Facebook page where they
post weekly updates on new technology, pictures of classes in action, and share
updates. This would be a perfect way to connect with teachers or parents
4) Chirp about your accomplishments. Twitter has become an invaluable tool
for me to connect with others and learn from them. I call it PD in my pocket,
because all I have to do is open the app on my phone to learn something new.
@TeachTechPSD tweets twice a week to inform teachers of timely information.
Teachers might invite parents to follow a class account on back to school
night. It would be an easy way to remind families of upcoming assessments,
project due dates, or changes in the schedule.
5) Blog about it. Monique suggests sharing teacher tips twice a week in short posts that can be processed quickly by readers . For her team, their posts are about technology, but a content coach might share about the Frayer model or a foldable idea for a
specific unit; a student might update the class blog with a reflection on current content.
All of the ideas are wonderful and could be implemented by anyone wishing to make
content accessible anytime and any place. Want to know the rest? Check out the
complete article on Edutopia!