By Alecia Chapman
I’ve recently become more aware of a growing movement of teachers and administrators using social media networks (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) for professional learning. I find this to be a very intriguing concept, with some reservations. I understand the importance of social media in today’s world, but I wonder: Can this really replace the educational impact of high-quality professional development? I’m interested to hear what your experience has been with social media-based professional learning. Have you or your colleagues utilized this new means of professional learning, and if so, have you found this a viable means of quality professional development? I would also be interested to hear your thoughts on how aha! Process, as a professional learning provider, can support you in the ever changing online environment.
I have also been introduced to the concept of edcamps in the past several months. These “unconferences” seem to be popping up all over the country (and even in some foreign countries). Have you ever participated in an edcamp?
Have you seen these same trends in your area? What role do you think social media will play in the future of professional development?