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How will you lead PD in your school this year?

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 24 Jan 2012 11:39am () Replies (7)

Here's a new video just uploaded to EdTalks - Jo Wilson exploring ways to lead school-wide professional learning:

How will you be working with your colleagues this year as part of your school's professional learning?
Share an idea or approach from your plan....


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 02 Jul 2012 11:17am ()


    Using the VLN and even Twitter as a personal/professional learning network is great, because you can quickly scan educational updates - with 140 short characters. Reading the linked articles is often rewarding too, the blog posts are usually short and succinct.

    Reading current and relevant articles and research papers is equally important, but sometimes it's harder to present big readings to colleagues, when they are busy with a daily focus on teaching and learning.

    Using tools like; GreatSummary (Firefox add on), Greatsummary.com/ (For summary notes as well as a free downloadable summariser), TopicMarks (summarises, ranks, filters text online) or straight into the web page @ Tools4noobs - summarize can help make larger pieces of text manageable. Summaries can be presented and discussed within professional learning communities - with an opportunity for further reading (of the full article) at a later stage.

    Does anyone else have any other top tips for sharing research and readings with staff?


  • Leigh Hynes (View all users posts) 05 Jul 2012 7:24pm ()

    "Diigo" social bookmarking is amazing for sharing resources.  You can make a group and share with them as you find stuff on the net and so can they.  You can make lists so they can be curriculum orientated or general school stuff, you can tag them so they are easy to search for.  If you use Chrome as a browser, the diigo tool just sits on the browser and is so easy to use.  You can get a daily or weekly or monthly record of what has been added to your library.  Highly recommended.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 09 Jul 2012 12:49pm ()

    Thanks Leigh, good idea RE:Diigo, have you used the highlighter and sticky tools with staff as well?

  • Leigh Hynes (View all users posts) 09 Jul 2012 7:37pm ()

    Yes I have used both and also the share button (email, facebook or twitter etc)  with those staff who dont belong to the group yet.  It is not always easy to get all on board all of the time!

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 13 Jul 2012 10:42am ()

    Thank you Leigh, your ideas have motivated me to give this a go. I've organised/summarised a reading using an online summariser and the tools in Diigo and shared this in the following bookmark @  Swimming out of our depth? Leading learning in 21st century schools - nzcer report

    I'm wondering if your or anyone else uses tools like Wordle or Tagxedo to simplify large chunks of text too?

    Thanks again Smile

  • Leigh Hynes (View all users posts) 13 Jul 2012 7:51pm ()

    Brilliant!  And you are welcome!    By the way I have use Wordle for students to clarify main ideas and vocabulary from a large chunk of text.  I then asked them to pick 5 of the largest words each and find out what those words meant in the context given.  It was a great way to set the scene in an inquiry learning context.

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