Developing and Growing Personal Learning Networks for School Leaders



Subject(s):Foreign Languages, Language Arts and Reading, Guidance, Health Education, Industrial Education, Interdisciplinary, Leadership Training, Multicultural Education, Music, Parent Education, Psychology, Science, Social Science, Volunteer, Special Education, Technology, Computer Education, Mathematics, Business, Art, Career Tech, Library Media, Basic Training, Physical Education, Standard 1 Planning for Continuous Improvement, Standard 2 Teaching and Learning, Standard 3 Human Resources Development, Standard 4 Diversity, Standard 5 Community and Stakeholder Relationships, Standard 6 Technology, Standard 7 Management of the Learning Organization, Standard 8 Ethics


Suggested Prerequisites: This is an introductory course for school administrators, teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.

Description/Abstract: A day in the life of a school administrator can be one filled with many time-consuming and isolating tasks. In an age of information abundance, we all have the ability to access, organize and synthesize information in order to solve tough issues. In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop a Personal Learning Network by taking advantage of web-based tools that can help them address the challenges they face on a regular basis. Personal Learning Networks can connect administrators with other school leaders to find solutions to administrative issues, learn about new technology and how to use it effectively, and find links to relevant education news. After exploring exemplary school leaders who currently use these Web 2.0 tools to enhance their lives, participants will learn how tools such as blogs, microblogs, podcasts, RSS feeds, and even their mobile phones can help them to grow their Personal Learning Networks. Participants will then practice all of these tools—Google Reader, Twitter, Blogger, and podcasting—first hand. Participants will learn how to manage and organize information gathered from their learning networks, and also how these tools can be used to disseminate important school news or to reflect on professional challenges and successes. As a final project, participants will post their action steps for how they will apply what they learned about Personal Learning Networks with their teachers and school community on their blogs.

Objectives: During this workshop, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
• Understand how Web 2.0 tools can support and enhance communication with faculty, staff, students, parents and the greater school community;
• Model innovative uses of technology to empower faculty and the school community to develop their own Personal Learning Networks;
• Develop a Personal Learning Network by communicating and collaborating with other educators, school leaders and policy makers through the use of Web 2.0 tools;
• Practice first hand creating an aggregator, blog, podcast, and a Twitter account; and
• Create a plan of action for how they will share their knowledge regarding the benefits of Personal Learning Networks with their faculty so that teachers and students can benefit from collaborative learning enhanced by technology.

ACLD approved for 1 PLU with later enrollment in 2-week Showcase course PLUACLD073 to begin 6-months after EDU5506.