In my last post, I wrote about the knowledge phase of changing your professional development model. In this first step, I encourage teachers to be consumers of content. In a nutshell, teachers use TweetChat to discover new teaching strategies and resources. Then, they incorporate this new information into their teaching practices. That’s it! It’s simple because it is meant to be a non-threatening starting place. I don’t want to trivialize this because using Twitter to improve teaching practices is huge. So, this process of having teachers use TweetChat to find resources is simple but very powerful.
When teachers are fully onboard with the consuming phase, I move to curating. Teachers can curate and share resources in a zillion different ways. Here’s the two ways I promote. The more challenging of the two is using a school hashtag and using Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to discover tweets by colleagues. For you pro Twitter users this may seem so simple. But, for teachers just learning Twitter, this is a huge leap. An easier to implement curation strategy is to create a Diigo group. This takes a little training but teachers quickly learn how to bookmark teaching resources and the growing list is a huge benefit to your school.