Twitter for teachers: CPD

I just sent the text below as an email to all teachers at my school. I feel rather stupid doing it, like I’m blowing my own trumpet or whatever. I wonder if anyone will want to attend? May the farce be with me…

#cleareyesfullheartscan’tlose

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Dear all,

I write a little nervously… #bearwith

During the year some of you have expressed an interest in how I use twitter and blogging. Those of you who have had the misfortune to endure my ICT induction session when you arrived at the school will have first-hand knowledge of my unshakable belief that twitter is the best CPD any teacher can have at any level. Why? From my experience it can connect you to teachers all over the world specialising in your subject or discussing teaching and learning and sharing their experiences. I have developed a genuinely valuable network of educators from all over the place. From headteachers to NQTs, professors to consultants, multinationals to entrepreneurs. Twitter is the great levelling playing field upon which many educators, just like you and me, can share and learn.

So, here I take my timid nature in hand, and, on Monday at 16:20, I will be presenting twitter for teachers as I see it (NB: this is not the definitive way because there are many mystical methods to this madness). Venue is ICT2 unless numbers require an alternative, which I very much doubt, but one or two of you might be interested. Please reply to let me know you are coming.

The aim of the session will be to give an overview of what I have done with twitter, answer your questions about twitter, and to try to unveil how you might get started with a twitter account. It is not compulsory. In fact I think we shall call it an unmeeting (I just made that up – it means you can say whatever you like whenever you like and decorum will be maintained by mutual trust).

#suchfun

#nocelebritymediarubbish

Dai

Update: it seems unmeeting is not my creation… http://torchtech.law.nyu.edu/events/it-unmeeting/

Twitter for teachers: CPD

Jose Picardo: This is how I work

I am José Picardo and this is how I work

I’m the one wearing glasses.

Blog: http://www.josepicardo.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/josepicardo

Current job: Currently Head of MFL at Nottingham High School, but I’ve recently been appointed Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School as from September 2013.

Been a teacher since: 2004

Location: Depending on when you read this, either Nottingham or Surbiton (see above).

Current mobile device: iPhone 5 and iPad 2.

Current computer: iMac (27 inch – love the large screen for multiple windows).

School-issued devices: Macbook and iPad 2.

One word that best describes how you work: Chaotic efficiency (Two words. I know. I cheated).

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

By syncing across devices. Thanks goodness for the Cloud.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

I’m an early riser, so I like to get to school early and plan my lessons for the day. I rely heavily on a vast collection of resources (both digital and more traditional) and my colleagues for inspiration.

How do you manage your marking?

Currently not very well. Like most teachers, I’m really busy at school, so most of my marking is done at home in the evenings or at weekends. Family life does suffer as a consequence.

What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

I try and spend as much time with the family as possible. Though this is not always possible. See above.

What do you do during school holidays?

We try to get to Spain at least once if not twice a year. Family time is a must. I also try and find some me-time that is usually dedicated to reading a lot about the things that interest me such as teaching, learning and learning technologies. Yes, you read right. I am that sad.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

No technology is absolutely necessary for life. Though my smartphone comes pretty close.

What offline tools can’t you live without?

My car. It’s magic. It takes me where I want to go.

What’s your main workspace like?

I’m the keeper of a messy desk but a tidy mind. I know where everything is and I know how to get it.

What do you listen to while you work?

Other people. I’m a good listener. Ah, do you mean music wise? I like to work in silence. But I do like music on other occasions. My taste is eclectic. The recently played tab on my iTunes says Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Alt-J and Daft Punk.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Get other people to do stuff for you. Seriously. I used to try and do everything myself. This is not good for your health and should not be tried at home.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

It was Wunderlist but I’m a big Evernote user, so I’m drawn to their brand new to-do list manager.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

My potato peeler and garlic press. Life’s too short.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Getting easily distracted.

What’s your sleep routine like?

No siestas. Sorry to disappoint. There goes the stereotype.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I can be either when I need to be.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Always more garlic.

I would like to I’d like to see Drew Buddie and Ian Yorston answer these same questions.

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Jose Picardo: This is how I work

Kevin Fear: This is how I work

I am Kevin Fear and this is how I work

Twitter: @kevinfear

Blog: http://head.nottinghamhighblogs.net/

Current job: Headmaster at Nottingham High School

Been a teacher since: September 2000

Location: Nottingham High School

Current mobile device: Ipad and Iphone 5

Current computer: Samsung R580 Laptop

School-issued devices: Ipad and Iphone 5

One word that best describes how you work: Constantly!

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

Make huge use of Microsoft Outlook which synchs with iphone and laptop.  My P.A. manages my diary but I totally rely on an electronic diary.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

As a Head I don’t teach any lessons but in terms of keeping on top of my tasks I make significant use of the  Outlook tasks function.

What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

I try to block the time to ensure that there is some family time but I also have to attend school sports’ fixtures and help run my son’s local football team.  Inevitably though there is a lot of work to do each weekend.

What do you do during school holidays?

I try to ensure that I get a proper break for at least part of each holiday.  Going away soon after term ends in the summer ensures this and helps to recharge the batteries. I do though have to use some of the holiday to work in but try to plan for the days I am going to do this around what my family are up to.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Couldn’t live without Microsoft Outlook. In terms of apps use iMLite for tasks or TaskTask, Tweetdeck for Twitter, Times newspaper app, Spotify.

What offline tools can’t you live without?

A fountain pen, my briefcase and various folders which I sort my work into.

What’s your main workspace like?

I try to keep it as clean of paper as I possibly can, the tidier it is the more effective my work is.  Both my desk at home and at school I try only to have what I am actually working on at the time on the desk, I don’t always succeed in this!

What do you listen to while you work?

At school no music at all.  At home I do make use of Spotify but if I need to concentrate hard then I have no music on at all.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

I try each Sunday afternoon to get my email inbox down to zero.  I will create tasks of anything that needs to be done and then delete the email.  I receive about 500 emails a week so ensuring that they are all dealt with or made into tasks ensures that I can see the wood from the trees.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Outlook tasks on the PC or iMLite on the ipad.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

Sat Nav in car for when I am out and about.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Nothing, I am always learning positive things from others.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Try to get to bed at the same time pretty much every day and always fall asleep very quickly. Tend though to be early to bed and early to rise as I am more of a morning person.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Unusually as a Head I feel that I am more of an introvert.  However, I have a strong belief that to be an effective head you need to develop the best in other people and the role is never about your own self-glory so this has never been a problem.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

As a Head always be yourself.  Don’t put on any false pretences and your own integrity will shine through.

I would like to I’d like to see @josepicardo answer these same questions.

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Many thanks to Kevin for agreeing to post here. Other This Is How I Work posts are available here.

Kevin Fear: This is how I work

Old Andrew: This is how I work

I am oldandrew and this is how I work

http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com

Current job: Teacher

Location: England

Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Current computer: Samsung Chromebook

School-issued devices: I have a small laptop that takes 20 minutes to start up. It’s in a cupboard somewhere.

One word that best describes how you work: Continually.

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

By not having any kind of social life.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

I get to work early, plan the day’s work and save it on a PC so I can reuse it.

How do you manage your marking?

Badly. Usually by doing just a few books at a time. Switching pen colours to keep track of which books I’ve marked and which I haven’t. Occasionally I use  “conferencing” i.e. marking work in front of a student in the lesson.

What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

Try not to take any work home. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Both bits of advice which I consistently fail to follow.

What do you do during school holidays?

Blog.

Visit friends.

Read.

Orange Wednesdays.

And, ideally, a pub quiz once a week.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Twitter.

WordPress.

What offline tools can’t you live without?

A boardmarker.

What’s your main workspace like?

A mess. I don’t like to throw anything away, just in case.

What do you listen to while you work?

Johnny Cash. And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Z0H8CHPIU

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Not sleeping.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Waiting for somebody to remind me.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

Kindle HD.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Keeping a record of what I taught and retrieving it.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I’m meant to have a routine?

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert. I identify with almost everything in this: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html

Particularly, the stuff about groupwork being torture.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

From my mentor on my first PGCE placement: The two worst words in teaching are “group -work”. A colleague in my NQT year also told me (of SMT): They use your professionalism against you.

I would like to I’d like to see Tom Bennett answer these same questions.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for having me.

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Old Andrew: This is how I work

David Didau: This is how I work

I am David Didau and this is how I work

@LearningSpy

learningspy.co.uk

Current job: Currently Director of English & Literacy at Clevedon School but am about to start with Academies Enterprise Trust in September

Been a teacher since: 2000

Location: North Somerset, but soon to be in Birmingham

Current mobile device: iPhone

Current computer: Macbook Pro (we have an almost obsessive relationship)

School-issued devices: iPad (used mainly by my children!)

One word that best describes how you work: Unpredictably.

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

Badly. If I had a PA I could rule the world!

 How do you manage your lesson planning?

I plan a lot of lessons in my head. I keep my medium term planning up to date and aim to focus each lesson on one particular student’s needs. I tell them that they’re my student of the day and that this is lesson is especially for them. Can be very powerful. Here’s a more extended discussion of my ideas on planning: http://learningspy.co.uk/2012/11/17/2-minute-lesson-plan/

 How do you manage your marking?

Marking IS planning. I’m constantly marking – it’s (perhaps) the most important thing I do. Here on my thoughts on marking: http://learningspy.co.uk/2013/01/26/work-scrutiny-whats-the-point-of-marking-books/

 What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

Don’t get too drunk. And never, ever, go out with Lisa Jane Ashes! Or Phil Beadle. I have, on 2 occasions, made the mistake of going out with both of them. This is absolutely to be avoided.

 What do you do during school holidays?

Read. A lot.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Twitter

What offline tools can’t you live without?

Red pen. It has to be red. I can’t bear all this nonsense about green pens being better for self esteem.

What’s your main workspace like?

It’s a metaphor for my brain. Nuff said.

What do you listen to while you work?

My inner demons.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Making sure that what I do is low effort, high impact.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

My wife.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

Espresso machine? Nah, I’m not really that gadgety. I thought I’d love my kindle but I’ve lost the charger.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I have the voice of an angel. Plus, I‘ve never met anyone who is able to mark a set of books more quickly.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Haphazard

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Hmm. I can be both. I’m very self-sufficient and spend a lot of time in my own company. But when I’m with people I find it hard to keep my gob shut!

I would like to I’d like to see Andrew Old answer these same questions. But he won’t, so I’d settle for Daisy Christodoulou.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Insanity is repeating the same mistakes expecting different results.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Blogging and Twitter is the best thing to ever happen to my teaching – I have grown so much over the past two years, and I’m not just referring to my waistline.

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David Didau: This is how I work