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Leveraging the Room

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an OASBO session where the main topic was succession planning.  The discussion started with considering communication processes in a simply way:  transmitters and receivers.

Now, move this idea to a mentor/coaching relationship between two people.  We were asked to divide ourselves into groups of three to tackle the task of listing attributes you would want to have in your mentor/coach.


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I decided to see what would happen if we crowd sourced answers to this question. I popped the question out onto twitter hoping that some of my PLN would spot the request and take a moment to respond. The plan worked great as I received a number of responses during the work time allotted.

By happenstance our group was chosen to report back first.  One of my colleagues reported back on our strategy.  I wished I had recorded the reaction in the room as our approach was described (gasp, shock, what?, we didn’t ‘do the work’, you can’t do that). The guest presenter went with the situation as he was quite interested in our approach.

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Here are the PLN responses to the question:  What makes a good mentor/coach?

  • engagement
  • vision
  • empathy
  • credibility
  • respect for the people they lead
  • active listener
  • humility
  • courage
  • geniousness
  • openness
  • accessible
  • transparent (honest, no hidden agendas)
  • relationship builder

People were impressed with the quality of thoughtful responses of the  PLN generated answers.  Additional responses from the session members included knowledge, flexible, sympathy, empathy and show confidence in others.

The facilitator added

  • being a sounding board (note importance of just listening … (you don’t always need an answer)
  • an objective view: a fresh set of eyes and
  • accountability in process

All in all a great list of important qualities for a mentor or coach to have.  Plus, it was a great impromptu demonstration of leveraging yourPLN.

Many thanks to PLN members   @EdDoadt,   @KentManning,  @ispgrew,  @alanacallan,   @mstayica,   @sheilashauf,  @fryed,  @jp_payeur,  @heidi_hobson and  @LAndriessen  for taking time to respond and contribute to a great learning experience.


WBE workshop session resources

Thank you to those participants who attended my workshop presentations today. As promised, I am sharing the resources:

Conference Twitter feed  #wbecon14

Enjoy a free,  connected, self directed, professional learning experience through  OSSEMOOC  (blog) and/or connect to the OSSEMOOC  Twitter feed.

Additional resources are listed at the end of the slide deck.  Stay connected and continue to  share your learning.


Celebrate and Share with Twitter

June is always a busy month in education, but last night a number of WRDSB staff found time to participate in a year end Twitter Chat to celebrate successes in the 13/14 school year.


I was struck by the richness of the discussion, and the level of openness.   You can share in the learning by reviewing the  Storified capture of the live chat  [here].

I look forward to continuing the sharing of our learnings through these chats next year.


Resources for Compass For Success Presentation

 Slide Show

Tweet Anatomy

Digital Footprint 

My Digital Footprint by George Couros
Your Digital Footprint by Diana Graber

Twitter Resources

Twitter Guide Book by Mashable
Twitter Basics (pdf)
Twitter 101 (pdf)
Twitter Essentials
Leveraging Your Twitter Experience


Maxing your Twitter Experience

I have been enjoying an extended conversation with Jane Mitchinson regarding the process of participating in social media. The conversation has wandered between conversations over coffee, to Twitter, to connecting face to face at Ed Camp Hamilton and back online, most recently in the comments section of my  Ed Camp Hamilton  post. Now that is a great example of keeping the learning going and leveraging different tools.

The last comment, raises a number of points and questions about whether or not Twitter becomes in echo chamber.  While I do understand that concept, and have seen it happen, there is also the idea of reach – communication reach through social media tools. Reach, and the notion of the 6 degrees of separation make explain some of this.  None the less, there are some solid points to consider when navigating this space.

  1. Given the number of your followers, and the number you follow, how do you best get traction in important conversations?
  2. Although Twitter arguably represents only a ‘slice of society’ what strategies yield the best diversity for enriching your experience
  3. Engagement styles:  depth vs skimming – how do you keep your learning rich? and your contributions worthwhile?
  4. Finally, I believe it is important to contribute by contributing content through blogging etc.  and asking good questions.  I wonder what percentage of Twitter users are also actively contributing?

Please join this conversation.  How are you maximizing your Twitter experience?


Fan Fiction For Class?

Here is a simple, yet powerful (Facebook) comment from my daughter, a grade 11 student.

What I know as a parent: My daughter is very passionate about this. She spends hours thinking, planning, writing and revising. When all is well, the posting moment happens with great excitement. Next there is the monitoring: who of my followers  read it? any new readers or followers? Throw in a little advertising via social media tools (twitter and tumblr in this case). Wow! a few new readers and some great feedback. Well – better get going on my next post!!!

Lots of great enthusiasm here – passion, creativity, motivation, self directed learning, standards, authentic audience, and a social element to learning.

And now, to call the question: is there a spot for fan fiction writing in the curriculum?????


CASA Chat: Social Media in the School Community

CASA Conference Presentation Resources

Overview: This presentation covered the use of social media tools in the Waterloo Region District School Board as things are now. Time was also spent talking about the journey and the challenges.

Video Samples from the presentation:

Student Perspective
Student Trustee
Teacher Perspective
Principal Perspective

Comments from Twitter

Q&A from Today’s Meet backchannel (originally hosted at http://www.todaysmeet.com/casachat)

Q1: Do teachers friend students?
Yes and no, some do, others don’t. Generally teachers use Facebook groups or fan pages, but
certain functions need the ‘friend’ function to work properly. In these cases, teachers set their
security and privacy settings appropriately and follow professional code of conduct expectations.

Q2: What effort is required by teachers to monitor online content related to classroom use?
This will vary depending on the context, but is done according to our Responsible Use Procedure.

Q3: Who pays for increasing bandwidth needs?
Staff in IT Services monitor usage and need on an ongoing basis. Each year this is factored into our
budget process in the IT area.

Q4: What social media content is searchable?
This depends on particular social media tool. For example, Tweets (Twiiter) are searchable, private
Facebook content is not.

Q5: Is the LMS redundant technology?
No, the LMS provides a course structure and both collaboration and social media tools are used in
conjunction to support student learning.

Q6: How does Quest Radio 1-24 work?
This Internet radio station is hosted at Caster.fm A live encoder
is needed to send personally owned content or content used with permission to the station.

Related Resources

Canadian Association of School Administrators (CASA) conference.

Social Media Drive By

Quest Radio 1-24  Programming Info Watch here for announcements regarding additional broadcasts of this session.

Join a live broadcast on Quest Radio 1-24.

Ed Doadt and Mark W. Carbone

~Mark and Ed

OntCL Chat Highlights 20120125

Ontario ConnectEd Leaders (OntCL) Chat Highlights from 2012-01-25.

Topic: How are you currently using social media tools in your school/board?

Note: Future Ontario ConnectEd Leaders twitter chats will be scheduled for the first Wednesday evening of each month, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and use the Twitter hash tag #ontcl


#OntCL Kickoff

Tonight  the official kickoff for the first Ontario ConnectEd Leaders chat event happened.  Participation was great, and there was an action packed 75 minutes of sharing on tonight’s topic: Why Be a Connected Leader and What to Tweet.

The energy was amazing – great synergy.  I think there is already anticipation of the next  event. Thank you to all participants for a great event.

I have captured a few highlights below.

Additional Resources

Primer of tonight’s #OntCL session from The Principal of Change : What should a networked educational leader tweet about?

The full Twitter Stream of the #OntCL  conversation.

The Ontario ConnectEd Leaders Consortium web site.