Days One and Two
Connected Learning and Leading
in a Digital Age
Building capacity for being an innovative
connected learner and leader
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
To continue building capacity as an agent of change through connected learning and leading
Introducing the challenge
Ongoing professional learning and collaboration are essential for developing and strengthening personal and educational leadership practices. In today’s digital world, connected learning through online communities affords the opportunity for Catholic educators to further extend and advance their professional knowledge and leadership capacity as agents of change in their school communities. This challenge provides an opportunity to continue building your capacity for connected learning and to support your professional growth as a connected Catholic educational leader.
In her book, The Connected Educator, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach describes connected learning as a 21st century model of professional learning where educators can interact and collaborate in local or global networks through communication technologies such as blogs, wikis, microblogging, and social networking. Connected learning communities invite educators from anywhere to share their experiences, ideas and insights as an online community of learners.
Connected learning communities make learning visible for everyone and invites participants to be co-learners, co-leaders and co-constructors of knowledge. Being connected also builds capacity for educational leaders to transform their own professional learning and bring back new ideas and innovative practices for transforming learning back in their classrooms and school community.
PQP Curriculum Connections
● Develop strategies to promote ongoing professional learning
The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Building Relationships and Developing People
● Developing Organization to Support Desired Practices
ISTE Standards for Administrators
● Digital Age Learning Culture
● Excellence in Professional Practice
Doing the challenge
“Connected learning helps educators realize the potential for professional learning and the pedagogical shits afforded by current and emerging web-based technologies. But mostly, connected learning is about building professional networks to help you learn, grow and to…reflect deeply and prod others to do the same.”
– Sheryl Nussbaum Beach & Lani Ritter Hall
Reflecting on connected learning in a digital world
Day 1 – Learning Engagement #1: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s video speaks about the importance of connected learning for educators in today’s digital world. Take a moment to reflect on the video in relation to the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework. As a Catholic school leader, how would you define what it means to be a connected educator for 21st century leadership? How are you encouraging others in your school community to collaborate and learn together as a digital age learning community?
Padlet is a collaborative online tool for sharing ideas, information and consolidating professional learning, allowing different perspectives and voices to be heard in the learning process. View this video to learn how to use its basic features.
Set up your own padlet to post and share your thoughts and strategies for promoting connected learning and leading. Invite one or more colleagues in your class (send them a link) to share their ideas and experiences.
Engaging in online professional learning networks
Day 2 – Learning Engagement #2: Explore at least two professional learning networks or online communities of interest to you. It could be a network leader’s blog site or an online professional learning community (e.g, #CPCO, TeachOntario, #ontedleaders) that you are already connected to or would like to explore further. For example you can login into the Teach Ontario website and connect to the Share section of the website and select an online community of interest to you.
Share some something new you learned from an online learning community using #PQP20.
Use the guiding questions below and the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework for further reflection on your class reflection sheets. (You can always respond first on your personal blog and post the link to your blog in your shared class reflection sheet.)
- How are you leveraging social media to connect to people, to build positive relationships and support learning inside and outside your school community? Share an example that illustrates your leadership practices.
- Through the leaders lens, how might connected learning further enhance collaboration and be a catalyst for change in your school?
Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates
“Connected learning can enhance collaboration because it allows everyone to have an equal voice at the digital table. On a digital forum, it is not the loudest voices or the voices with the most seniority that get heard. Everyone with information, a suggestion or anopinion gets heard and as often as they feel like contributing. Thus, more ideas can be shared and collaboration can be fostered. Furthermore, connected learning can be a catalyst for change in my school because it puts into action a mindset of being resourceful and finding external resources to address internal issues at the school – and this is a skill our students need going forward so it has to be modeled by the adults in the community. The first professional learning network I have been a part of since my presentation in PQP 1 on PLCs is #LeadUpTeach which is a group aiming to empower teachers through innovation and discussions around innovation. The second professional learning network I browsed for the first time was #CPCO. I found a lot of useful material that supports the learning that we are doing in the PQP in relation to the Catholic Leadership Framework and practical applications.” – K. McTernan, 2017
Beyond the challenge...
- Tech as a Tool for Teacher Collaboration – Elizabeth Peterson
- To Change the System, Change the Culture – Tom Whitby
- Being a Connected Educator is… – by Amy Heavin
- The Best Online Communities for Teachers
- 5 Ways Being a Connected Principal Benefited my Students – Joe Mazza
- How Transparency can Transform School Culture – Joe Mazza
- Connected Learning – Anytime, Anywhere – Judie Elkin