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Plug Us In

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Plug Us In:  Using Digital Tools to Facilitate the Work of Learning Teams


For professional learning teams, the costs of collaboration can be quite high. Sharing information, creating new lessons together, and communicating with colleagues—both within and beyond their schools and districts—can take huge amounts of additional time that teachers just don’t have. As a result, many teachers begin to question the benefits of PLCs. In this session, Solution Tree author Bill Ferriter introduces participants to a range of free digital tools that 21st Century learning teams are using to make their collective learning more efficient and rewarding.



Learning Outcomes:


Participants will:


  • Learn how to use digital tools to carry on conversations about instruction, to organize helpful weblinks, to develop joint lesson plans, and to create warehouses of important documents.
  • Learn how instant messaging services like Twitter can be used to plug in to a network of digital learners beyond the schoolhouse walls.
  • Learn to identify the kinds of digital tools most appropriate for supporting the work of their learning teams.




Presentation Slides





Reflection Question #1







Sample Projects

To learn more about how PLCs are using digital tools to decrease the transaction costs associated with coordination, explore the examples below.  While studying, think carefully about the kinds of digital projects that your learning teams may be ready to tackle. 


Example 1:  Language Arts-Social Studies Planning Wiki



A PLC uses a wiki to organize common assessments, lesson plans, and student exemplars.



Example 2:  Shared Collection of Websites



A PLC uses shared tags and a social bookmarking service to organize collections of websites connected to their curriculum.



Example 3:  Asynchronous Discussion Forum



A PLC uses an asynchronous discussion forum to reflect on professional learning communities.



Example 4:  Microblogging



A teacher uses a microblogging service to gather information and resources connected to his professional interests.



Example 5: Shared Document Creation Service



A PLC uses a collaborative document service to generate a unit plan together.



Example 6:  RSS Feed Readers



A PLC uses an RSS Feed Reader to organize a collection of content-based websites for their students to explore.




Reflection Question #2



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