What are you involved in, A Professional Learning Community (PLC) or a Community of Professionals (CoP)? Either way, both help to foster a supportive and collaborative environment for professional growth and development. The advent of technology has made it far more easy to engage in and become an active member of a PLC or CoP. Learning communities can be created around interests. Huang states “If users can find those who share the same interests with them and interact with each other, innovation of knowledge a new world can be inspired by collective intelligence” (Huang, p.7). Gone are the days of becoming the all-knowing guru of your field, or being one of the few enlightened experts. Sharing our knowledge helps to develop stronger communities, which in turn help to foster positive professional growth and development.
In terms of education, PLC’s are starting to be adopted by public K12 schools, in the hopes that it will offer its students a more holistic, supportive and knowledgable approach to learning. Schools like Pioneer Middle School in Tusitn, California have recently shifted over to a PLC, where teachers work in groups to establish common ground, share ideas, interpret data, discuss individual student performance, and provide support for each other to give their students the best education possible (Adams, p.1). For Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT technology has officially made its way into the daily routines of many students and staff. In the Digital Design courses students will develop online portfolios that showcase their skills and abilities. The intent of these portfolios is to share them with potential colleges or universities. Now-a-days it is so important for students to advocate for themselves, especially in a field where there is no sustainable and secure job market. A PLC will be formed by this activity because students can engage in discussions about their own work and their peers work, as well as gain a professional perspective from potential clients.
How might you create a classroom sized PLC in your school? What technology will you use to integrate 21st century learning skills while fostering a positive learning community? How might you extend the PLC outside of the walls of your classroom? What impact do you think it will have on your student learning?
Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to establish and build a professional online portfolio. This is an activity that can extend beyond the walls of an art classroom.
Getting your portfolio put together is half of the battle, especially when you are trying to decide what pieces to keep and take out. Here it from the professionals. Here are some tips on what to do, what not to do, and why portfolio reviews are important.
Adams, C. (2009). THE POWER OF COLLABORATION. Instructor, 119(1), 28-31.
Huang, J. S., Yang, S. H., Yueh-Min, H., & Hsiao, I. T. (2010). Social Learning Networks: Build Mobile Learning Networks Based on Collaborative Services. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 13(3), 78-92.
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