Tweeting for Teachers: Improving CPD through social media [Pearson & NoTosh report]
It's six months since Tom Barrett came on board with me on Ship NoTosh, and in that time we've done a hugely varied amount of work, much of it under wraps due to the nature of our clients, and some of it high profile.
In the latter camp, we were delighted last week to launch Tweeting for Teachers, a report (that covers a lot more than Twitter) showing policymakers and school leaders some simple recommendations that will help more teachers than ever uncover the potential for turbo-boosting their own professional development through the use of social media and offline unconference events, such as TeachMeet and its younger cousin EdCamp. From the NoTosh blog:
Tweeting for Teachers – key recommendations
School leaders should:
- learn about and engage with the social platforms that their teachers, parents and pupils are using every day;
- use a social media tool as part of their communications with the school community;
- validate and support their staff in using social media tools for ongoing professional development;
- turn online activity into offline actions, in order to harness the benefits of face to-face interaction alongside those of online interaction;
- implement robust systems for evaluating the impact of CPD on teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.
National and local policymakers should:
- publish guidelines and support for teachers and leaders to help them use social media in schools;
- consider how they will begin to unfilter social media sites for use in schools;
- recognise and celebrate self-directed professional learning by teachers using online tools, and the role of social media in this learning;
- create a common online space where the whole education community can find each other;
- ensure that all Initial Teacher Training courses demonstrate a strong focus on the use of social media tools for ongoing professional development.
NoTosh undertook a significant piece of working in bringing together case studies of teachers and heads who are effectively using social media to take control of their own professional development, and making these accessible through film as well as integration to the report.
The report is one seeking feedback for constant improvement – starting with the 500 tweets during the one hour launch event – and films will continue to be shot and uploaded to the report over the next weeks and months.
We also undertook case studies of how businesses are using social media for professional development, and what education could learn from this. Finally, we developed recommendations for how teachers, heads and policymakers could further exploit the potential of social media to help teachers develop in a cost-effective way.
There are plenty more videos that I may well find the time to go through on the blog, but you can dive in yourself over on Vimeo now and come back over the next few weeks as more education and business video case studies are added. You can read the report on the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning site, and read more about our role in building it on the NoTosh blog.