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Innovation and Learning

Start with clarity of intent.

Now build it out with an evocative vision. Improvise progress by tinkering: with lots of trial and lots of error. The not knowing is the best bit: the mysteries the surprises, and from time to time the windfalls! 

Hello there, I'm Steve Collis! 

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Professional Development and the Web

Here are my notes for my workshop at the ELH11 conference on "Professional Development and the Web". We will kick off by watching this video

The event is now over but you may find the four activities below interesting.

There are links and activities:



Option #1 Join Twitter



Option #2 Attend a Live Event


Option #3 Explore a Virtual Edu-World



Option #4 Browse Crowd-Sourced Resources


Still got nothing to do? Research 'edupunk', 'flipped classroom' and 'gamification'. These are hot topics in the twittersphere. 


 Join Twitter


  1. www.twitter.com and sign up.
  2. I suggest you use your real name. This is your public face. You won’t post anything even remotely sensitive.
  3. For your username, think of something catchy.
  4. Mention you are a teacher in your ‘bio’.
  5. Upload an image, any image, to your profile. Otherwise you will appear as an ‘egg’, which brands you as unlikely to continue using Twitter.
  6. Now go here: http://t.co/cHywD9B and add your Twitter ID and then follow the others that are there, by clicking on them and clicking ‘follow’. Also read the tips on this page. Down the bottom of the document is a list of teacher's reasons for being on Twitter.
  7. Send a tweet including the letters “#elh11” which is the code you include to clarify you are referring to the ELH conference.
  8. Send a tweet to me! Do this by including “@steve_collis” somewhere in the tweet, and I will be sure to see it in my ‘replies’ column




 Attend Live Events


  1. http://www.classroom20.com/ and click ‘Webinars’. Scroll down and click on a few upcoming sessions.
  2. Click here: http://bit.ly/pKv8pA to get a video tour of the website.
  3. Sign up and become a member, browse the website, join a special group!
  4. Homework: go along to some of their live sessions!
  5. Visit other teacher networks: http://www.educationalnetworking.com/List+of+Networks



Browse Crowd Sources Resources 

1. Visit http://edte.ch/blog/interesting-ways/ and browse the final documents.

2. Consider how I quickly crowdsourced the twitter google doc. 



Join a Virtual Edu-World 

1. Visit http://www.jokaydiagrid.com/ which is an Australian network of teachers exploring virtual worlds for education.

2. Join!

3. If you have Second Life installed, click here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/jokaydia/108/159/23 and explore.

4. Visit the Rez Ed website http://rezedhub.ning.com/, and note the specialist groups on Minecraft, WoW, and the use of other virtual worlds with students.

5. Watch this video introduction. Join the website! 

6. Consider attending one of these upcoming events



Ref: image of crowd from http://www.flickr.com/photos/anirudhkoul/3786725982