Often as educators, we are called to a staff development and hear about the newest trend, data that pertains to a small group of people and very irrelevant to others. Yes, learning about math data is important to the staff as a whole, but, if there was a way as a teacher we could grow personally and develop our own PD, I think we as a whole can become better educators.
There are many ways, as educators, we can personalize our staff development and these are the ways you can do it:
If you are not on twitter, you should be. Twitter is by far one of the most powerful ways to learn and grow as a professional. If you spend 10 minutes from time to time glancing and reading what people post, you will learn something new. I had a teacher ask me for some insight to a topic. I went to my twitter, posted a quick question and in a matter of five minutes, I had close to 10 responses with suggestions. WOW! Who would have thought five years ago that something that powerful would be available at our fingertips. (For more information about personalizing PD with twitter, please check this link and read this material.) Select a few hashtags (#) and watch them from time to time. There are a lot of programs that allow you to follow the chat, some even allow for an archive so you can go back and see it later.
Here are some fantastic education chats and links to places you should visit to learn more about twitter for education:
The Cybraryman: This site is a plethora of information for everyone in education. The link here is for Twitter and it includes a lot of informational pieces for you. He has established a schedule of all of the education chats out there and the times. (PLEASE DON'T BE OVERWHELMED) There are many of them, but only a few may pertain to your needs.
Here are the ones I personally attend from time to time:
#edchat (Tuesdays at 7pm) Lots of fantastic ed topics.
#INeLearn (Thursdays at 8pm) Directed by IN-DOE department of eLearning. Excellent source of information. Topics vary weekly.
#edtechchat (Mondays at 8pm) Focus on educational technology.
Are you looking for some people to follow? Everyone listed here are a good start of who should be followed on Twitter. As you follow these folks' posts, you will see more people to follow. If you are looking for content specific people, ask:
Jerry Blumengarten edweb.net
ISTE Kimberly Munoz
Edtechtalk Sara Hunter
Angela Maiers Larry Ferlazzo
Connected Educators Project