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Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds SPEAKER 1: Hi MOOCers. Now in this video we’re going to look at the opportunities that are available for online CPD. Now this is important, because outstanding teachers are not those who wait for the next CPD course, but outstanding teachers are those who continuously learn, use information to develop their practices, and collaborate with others. But this is often a challenge, because we might not have those kind of discussions or resources or information immediately available. But there are opportunities for the online networks through social media, through Google Hangouts, or through Google searches in different websites. So in this video, we’re going to show you some tools that you could use.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds We’re going to hear from some of the experiences of teachers, and how they use online tools for their CPD. And in the tasks that follow, we’ll give you some tips and tricks about how you might develop your practice using online CPD as an important mechanism. Online learning can occur in different ways. For some, it may be a Google search for a physical education resource, or a search on YouTube for a video example of a lesson. There are numerous resources available for your practice, but there are much more opportunities available. Blogs, for example, often provide a personal and [? reflective ?] accounts of practice or research.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds This website is a good example of how a practitioner engaged [INAUDIBLE] different articles, and also reflects on his practice. Physical education-specific websites are also useful. These provide links to resources, lesson plans, and also blogs. There are also websites driven by universities– ours at the University of Birmingham. The greatest impact on practice we have observed occurs through discussions and engagement with others. These mean using the online space to interact with others and/or observe the discussions of others. To illustrate this, we use social media– and specifically Twitter and Google Hangouts– to show how this can be a space for learning.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds On Twitter, teachers are posting various things about their practice, and sharing different resources and information. In addition, there are specific chats, such as #ukPEchat, or #pechat. These occur at specific times, and are about different topics. One of the tasks following this video will explain how to use Twitter for CPD. We’ll now provide some examples of what teachers think about Twitter.

Skip to 2 minutes and 53 seconds JO BAILEY: Hi. My name is Jo Bailey, and I teach in Wausau, Wisconsin, where it’s pretty cold right now. My Twitter username is @LovePhyEd. Twitter’s just been fantastic. I’ve connected with people from over the world. One quick example– I started teaching rollerblading last week. And it was the first time I taught it. So I reached out to folks on Twitter and asked if anyone had any top tips for me, any ideas. And I want to say within a few minutes I had several responses from teachers from all over the world giving me ideas, links to lessons, and sharing their resources. The connection between people is fantastic. Everyone is supportive. Everyone is willing to help.

Skip to 3 minutes and 33 seconds Getting on Twitter was the best decision I made from a professional standpoint. So make sure you do it.

Skip to 3 minutes and 40 seconds JUSTIN SCHLEIDER: Hey now. Justin Schleider– physical educator. [TWITTER TWEET] One of the reasons I love Twitter is the ability to connect with people from all over the world. Doesn’t matter the time zone. Doesn’t matter how far. I’m able to meet them through the shared use of hashtags. One of the other reasons I love Twitter is the ability to collaborate. I’ve been able to collaborate with a ton of people on some really cool projects that will uplift the phys ed community. A couple of them are the National Lesson Plan Creator, the shared Google Drive, So You Think You’re Fit, So You Think You Can Balance.

Skip to 4 minutes and 17 seconds All those are free resources that were created through the use of Twitter and other social media to connect me and allow me to collaborate with people from all over the world. Twitter’s an awesome tool.

Skip to 4 minutes and 29 seconds SPEAKER 1: In addition to Twitter, teachers are also using Google Hangouts. We’ll now hear from Adam Llevo on his perception of using Google Hangouts for his professional his learning. [TONES]

Skip to 4 minutes and 42 seconds ADAM LLEVO: Hi. My name’s Adam Llevo, and I’m currently the athletic director and kindergarten through grade 12 teacher in an international school in Saudi Arabia. And for me personally, I use Google Hangouts to connect with other educators from around the world. So when I first got into using Google Hangouts, it was about 2013. And part of the PE professional learning communities that I was part of, we used Google Hangouts to communicate with each other, as we found Twitter really only gave you 140 characters. This allowed us to be able to discuss recent trends that were going on in education, technology, in curriculum.

Skip to 5 minutes and 29 seconds When I moved to Saudi Arabia, I realized that there wasn’t really much of a professional learning network for me, and I was the only PE teacher in my school. So for me to connect with other teachers, I started to use Google Hangouts, and set up the Phys Ed ME group, along with two other educators here in the Middle East. This allowed us to have regular conversation about what was happening in our classrooms, along with recording them live so people could watch them at a later date. This then became a bi-weekly event where we would get together. We were talking. And more educators decided to take part in this.

Skip to 6 minutes and 9 seconds And it was great to hear what was going on in other people’s classrooms. So it really it was like a virtual PD session, or a virtual staff room. So along with Google Hangouts, and now Voxer, this is allowing us to have that 24/7 professional development without the need of going on expensive professional development workshops. That’s how I use Google Hangouts.

Skip to 6 minutes and 36 seconds SPEAKER 1: So hopefully this video has shown you how you might use the online space to engage with CPD to inform your practice and to benefit your students’ learning. In the tasks that follow this video, we hopefully will give you some more tips and tricks into how you might use the online space to engage with CPD. This week it’s important to note there is also a Google Hangout. And look for the notice of when this will occur, and who the special guest will be in this. You can watch the discussion, but also engage by asking questions and sending responses that you think to the discussions that are occurring. We hopefully look forward to seeing you online there. Bye! [SKYPE HANGUP]

Going online for CPD

Outstanding teachers are those who do not wait for the next CPD course, but instead are lifelong learners.

Outstanding teachers engage with professional colleagues in professional learning communities to continually develop their understandings of the most effective ways to respond to students’ diverse and complex individual learning needs. One efficient way to do this is through online professional learning communities. Social media, blogging and Google Hangouts are all ways in which this can be achieved.

In this video we will introduce you to some key online tools and hear from practitioners on their uses of Social Media and Google Hangouts for their CPD.

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