Shannon C'de Baca (@auntshan) - Anne Jolly (@ajollygal) 

- Renee Moore (@teachmoore) - Emily Vickery (@ehvickery)

The Internet enables some of the best teaching minds 
to bond together in powerful professional learning communities.

 - Barnett Berry, John Norton, Anne Byrd
Educational Leadership,
Lessons from Networking

9:15 - 11:15

Introduction to Session (10 minutes)
Introductions - Our Virtual Professional Learning Community
Session Overview
Twitter Hashtag #LF_14 - Follow Each Other (back channel chat - Monitored by Shannon)
Session website address and QR Code
If you need to take a break, please do so. No scheduled breaks.
QR Codes: Directions and Uses

Face-to-Face Professional Learning Community (15 minutes)

Lead Anne

Participant Poll:  

  • What is a professional learning community (PLC)?
  • How are you involved in a PLC?
  • What are the conditions under which you interact? 
  • What are the benefits of these?
  • What are the difficulties?
  • Why are PLCs valuable? 

Think-Pair-Share: Pick one of the polling questions. Introduce yourself to a partner or partner(s) and share your response to the polling question.

Share Responses with the Group

Virtual Learning Communities (20 minutes)

Lead Shannon

Participant Poll:
  • Are you involved in a virtual or blended learning community?
  • Do you believe that being a member of a virtual learning community could transform teaching and learning?  
  • Can you provide evidence that virtual learning communities transform teaching practice?
  • What might be the characteristics of a virtual learning community?

Discuss poll results

VLC Benefits 

As in any learning space, diversity of ideas, experience, 
and perspective are resources for a community.

- The Impact of Online Collaborative Learning
on Educators and Classroom Practice

Remote Interview with Bill Ivey - Bill Shares His Experience in Virtual Learning Communities

Think-Pair-Share: Compare and Contrast - What do you see are the similarities and differences as well as benefits and drawbacks of each type - face-to-face and virtual?

Source: Based on Alec Couros' "The Networked Teacher" 

 Image by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano- on image (CC) by Alec Couros- /

Connecting to Learn (20 minutes)

Lead Emily and Anne

Partner Up and Explore: Team-up with other participants and explore the resources listed below. What VLCs do you participate in? What would you add to the list below? What tools do you use to connect?

Break into spaces

Having trouble locating a virtual learning community? Chat with Us - We'll Help You Locate One

Connecting “fibers” make a deep difference in powering learning. 
Synergy creates an energy, momentum to grow forward.
- Shannon C'de Baca

Space One
Connected Educators Month (celebrated in October)

Space Two

Space Three
School Leadership 2.0 (archived presentation)

Space Four

Support Services
Media Specialists

Other Explorations:

Are ScoopIt and Pintrest learning communities?
Are Diigo and Delicious learning communities?
iTunes (channels)
National Professional Associations (Art, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education)
LinkedIn Groups
Facebook Groups
Growing: Pay-Teacher Venues - Teachers Pay Teachers  
Twitter Chats Hashtag List (#edchat, #engchat, #tlpchat, #sschat, #scichat, #aplitchat)
Participants: What would you add to the list above?

What did you find? What would you like to share?

Real-world Examples of Transformative Connections among Teachers (10 minutes)

Lead Emily

  • Rethinking Teacher Time Kentucky teacher leaders are posing a challenge: rethink professional learning and restructure the school day to improve learning for students and teachers.Recently, a team of 15 CTQ-KY teacher leaders and 1 administrator took on the challenge of rethinking teacher time to optimize professional learning. This team analyzed current teacher schedules and conducted an intensive three-day chat discussing teacher needs and opportunities for reallocating time. The group created:
    • a shareable infographic with 3 recommendations for reallocating teacher time;
    • a series of blog posts on professional learning; and
    • a Prezi presentation with a video on teacher time and a survey for joining CTQ-KY.
Kris Kohl - Shares the stories and significance of global connections

What are some examples that you have of teacher collaborative work?

Making the Most of Online Connections: Strategies and the Virtual Community Organizer (Time 20 minutes)

Lead Renee  

    Slideshow Version

  • The Importance of Community Norms: Establishing Trust

Example: CTQ VOC Program Norms

      • Assume good intentions;
      • Respect differing perspectives;
      • Ask permission to use colleagues' ideas or comments; and
      • Keep it professional.
  • What is a Virtual Community Organizer (VCO)?
  • Highlights from Interview with John Croft Norton

(S)killed moderators...have a deep understanding of the issues that engage and challenge a community.
 The moderators help create a rhythm for the community, 
encourage different perspectives, and invite different levels of participation.
- Barnett Berry, John Norton, Anne Byrd
Educational Leadership, Lessons from Networking

  • Think-Pair-Share Reflection: What stands out to you? Are you using formal or informal VCOs? If not, how might you apply the concept?

Individual Goals for Professional Growth and Leadership (25 minutes)

Leads: Anne and Emily

Participants will design individual goals for professional growth and leadership, tapping into virtual resources and connectivity

Handout to guide participants

Share your goals! What are your biggest takeaways?

Twitter: Let's follow each other! Checkout the hashtag and follow others in the back channel.

Session Ends