Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay

Leaders don't play king of the hill, they make a bigger hill. Today is Digital Learning Day. This is a day for leaders and learners to level up digital learning. For no organization, group, or community can survive on status quo. As humans, we all lead for a season. And everything we do is either growing or rotting. Decaying or reinvigorating. These truisms are valid for the flowers and the fruit trees and also for the fragrant pollination of ideas happening at the digital water coolers satiating the learning thirst of digital scholars tap tap tapping at keys and pressing send on their smartphones.

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Get out there and break up your status quo. If you're a digital leader, ask yourself:

  • How are we archiving resources?
  • How are we nurturing new leadership and longevity?
  • Are we welcoming to beginners?

For Thought Leader Thursday today, social media researcher Laura Pasquini explains three defining aspects of effective social media powered professional development. In today's show, we'll discuss:

  1. The impact of “watercooler” pd online
  2. Best practices for hashtag maintenance and open learning
  3. The lessons learned from effective social media PD
This story is intriguing because so many still define PD the same old way. If we can upgrade our knowledge based on current research, we can not only create better professional development opportunities for teachers, but we can become better online participants. There is no doubt that community organizing has moved online in the education world. Many amazing people chat, catalog and archive, and maintain thriving social media “water coolers” from around the web.
I hope you enjoy this episode with Laura!

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Laura Pasquini

Laura A. Pasquini @laurapasquini is the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and a Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Her practioner-scholar work examines digital and open practices, specifically how social technologies impact and influence professional organizations, professional learning/development, and networked communities of practice.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Ilma S Chowdhury February 26, 2017 - 10:24 pm

Hi Vicki,

I just came across this website very recently and I’m deeply enjoying your blog posts. Although I’ve seen this watercooler pd happen informally, I’ve never seen anyone call it one. This was a great idea and I will be talking to my science content group at my school. I believe we can benefit from a social media base, where we can invite other colleagues to join and share ideas to improve our instruction.

A question I have for you: Do you know of any STEM watercooler pds that are well-maintained? I would love to join one that includes teachers from all states!



Vicki Davis February 27, 2017 - 10:00 am

I am not sure but Jerry Blumengarten – cybraryman keeps a curated list. Scichat the last I heard wasn’t really going very strong but I could be wrong.


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