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How are effective Professional Learning Communities implemented over social networks?

Apr 6, 2015 3:00am

College assignment and seeking knowledge to get the best out of online PLC's.

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • K-6
  • Assessment / Celebrating Teachers / Common Core
  • Student Collaboration


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    • Apr 7, 2015 8:09am

      PLC leadership meetings and other engagements made prior to our meeting day have sort of stopped up the works a bit on occasion. Social media for my PLC in my school is mostly used for non-work related things. But we do have instruments/programs (Lync-a county wide instant messenger) in our county that make constant and instant communication possible.

      I don't know if this really answers your question but I know that for my PLC-- we use our instant messenger (through the county) more than any other mode of communication when it comes to sharing ideas. We all seem to be pretty visual so as much as explaining it in the hallway between classes works-- it is better when we can just send things to each other and chat about them.

      We also used instant messenger for when we were grading VLT (quarterly writing assessments). We all switch classes to keep things unbiased-- but we have to be sure that we are all aligning our grading so as we are grading we keep in touch through Lync and ask TONS of questions.

      • Apr 9, 2015 6:21pm

        We use schoology (sort of like Facebook for schools) as a way to communicate and share ideas/resources online. This combined with shared google docs allows us to collaborate on projects across many grade levels and takes in account each persons availability.

        • Mar 17, 2016 10:16pm

          I have used edmodo in the past, but honestly it was under utilized by our teachers. It was new and seemed like something extra to do, without offering much immediate benefit. It is formatted much like facebook so is user friendly and allows teachers to connect remotely and share what they are doing and learn from one another without much coordination.

          For more intentional PLC style collaboration, google hangouts offer a facetime style chat for a small group of up to 10 users. If you can find thinking partners and coordinate schedules, it has a real time, more interactive feel.