The TED Teachers’ NetworkIn an earlier post, I mentioned an idea I had head for a virtual professional development network I had had. Basically, this would take the form of a wiki to which myself and all my colleagues in the English department could add content and discuss teaching related matters. Well, I pitched the idea to the heads of the English department just before the Bayram and they thought it had potential. However, they said if it was to be done in the school’s name, permission should be sought before proceeding further so I spent some of my holiday time drafting a proposal to be submitted to the directors for consideration, which I shall summarise here:
Over the years, I have found professional development has been one of those things that everyone agrees is desirable in principle but in practice, giving up Saturday afternoons or time after school for workshops and seminars is resented. Interesting discussions and exchanges of ideas sometimes take place in the staffroom but are only of benefit to those present at the time. My proposed solution is to create a wiki page where we can share our ideas, discuss them and learn from each other. There are 4 main uses I foresee:
- Sharing and discussing experience, tips and ideas
- Creating a ‘hub’ for useful links
- Exposing colleagues to web 2.0 resources
- Hosting screencasted presentations
Anyway, if you’ve read this far, you might want to take a look at the wiki in its present format: http://tedteachersnetwork.pbworks.com/
Note that it is still in the early stages but I felt an example of what could be done was necessary to back up my proposal. As ever, comments and suggestions are welcome!