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Job-embedded PD: Twitter for Learning

To pursue bright spots is to ask the question “What’s working, and how can we do more of it?” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet, in the real world, this obvious question is almost never asked. (p. 45, Heath and Heath)

What if we each broadcast three learning bright spots every school day for four weeks? Will we learn more about our community?  Will we learn more about each other? Will we create a culture and a habit of positivity, bright spots, and buoyancy?

From an email sent to our community:

Several faculty and staff have asked for additional learning about Twitter.  The School Improvement Division of GADOE has approved awarding  1 PLU for completing the course Twitter for Learning: #BrightSpot Ethnography and #Buoyancy.  This course will officially launch the week after Labor Day.  However, each participant may choose a start date.  As an experiment in online learning, this course is set up to run any time from September to January.  Many of you will have accomplished the tasks in .Week 0 – Setting Up (the first two hours of this course) if you complete the Getting Started course form and the Know your School’s Social Media Policy form.  Contact Jill if you want to meet for a face-to-face session with a small group or individually.

Twitter for Learning is a series of 1-PLU credit courses designed to increase understanding and engagement in the use of social media for learning.  Each course is designed around challenges to grow learners in the use of Web 2.0 tools such as Twitter and Storify to learn and share.  

Twitter for Learning – Course 1: #BrightSpot Ethnography and #Buoyancy using Twitter

    • I can contribute to the bright spot ethnographic data collection of our learning community using Twitter.
    • I can use the power of positivity to elevate the learner and learning in and out of school.
    • I can bright spot learning in our school and inform the larger community of the myriad of learning experiences that happen daily.
    • I can foster and develop connections with other educators and experts to expand my Professional Learning Network (PLN).

Shelley Paul (Director of Learning Design at Woodward Academy), a.k.a @lottascales, and I have collaborated to design a job-embedded professional development course for teacher-learners to learn and grow together.  We offer 20 challenges (1 per day) to inspire community members to learn and lift others in our community.  Using the power of positivity, we embrace the bright spot philosophy from Switch.  We strive tweet things that are working that we want to do more of in our schools with our colleagues using the hashtags #TrinityLearns and #WALearns.

What will we learn about our school, our colleagues, our students, and ourselves if we leverage technology to learn and share?


Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Waterville, Me.: Thorndike, 2011. Print.

AP awesome! – A #brightspot reflection

From one of my Kiski boys:

On 5/12/13 4:21 PM, “Alexander G” <* *> wrote:

Hi Jill,
I do not know if but hope that you can remember me from Kiski. I was in my junior year in 2000 – 2001 as an exchange student from Germany and attended your AP Calculus AB class.
After graduating from high school in Germany and the military service, I studied mechanical engineering in Germany and France and did an MBA in Paris. Today I work for a subsidiary of Daimler (you probably know as Mercedes-Benz). It is called Daimler Mobility Services. We are working on new services for urban mobility, such as car2go (see car2go.com). My job as Product Manager is to define a good product experience for the user, which I enjoy very much.
Last week I was in San Francisco for business reasons and met some interesting people who asked me some questions also about my bio. That reminded me of my time in Kiski and all the stuff I have learned during that time. Whenever I have been thinking about Kiski, I recognize how valuable this was to me, especially your class.
It gave me a solid foundation in math and I have been benefiting from it since then throughout my curriculum.
You motivated me to become a good student and showed me how school can be fun.
I can picture it right now sitting in McClintock Hall in front of your office, doing my math homework and asking you questions about Riemann sums, the trapezoidal rule etc, which eventually lead to achieving a 5 in the AP test 🙂
Back then you always said, that we were the best class you’ve taught and most certainly it has been my best throughout high school.
Thank you very much!
Sincerely yours

Thoughtful! Certainly a bright spot, and a great way to start the wrap-up of the end of school year process.