Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it’s useless.Thomas Edison (Inventor)
A year ago we started using this infographic with our faculty: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Effective Teachers Who Use Technology. It started more as a motivational idea, but actually became part of our planning and implementation of the professional development activities. Depending on the topic, we will share one or more of these to open up our learner centered professional development. I love the simplicity of the seven habits and it has really helped us move forward with many instructional initiatives connected to Instructional Technology.
Here are a few examples of how we've used several of these habits:
- We use the habit of embracing change to get people started with a new resource. For example, this is a great starting point to introduce and new LMS or Gradebook.
- We use the habit of sharing to get people to collaborate and share their learning both in our PLCs and embracing broader PLNs. Here is an example in our PLN Challenge.
- We use the habit of why to start conversations about how the technology could support learning. We shift the focus away from the tool and on the pedagogy the tool can support.
Think about it:
- What other Habits might you suggest?
- How could you use these Habits to support teaching and learning?