Being in my new role as Middle School Assistant Principal this year has given me a great opportunity to work with different leaders from different divisions of the school and has allowed me the opportunity to become a part of the ‘big’ community picture at AIS-R. This has also led to a great opportunity for me to learn effective ways to communicate in an online community. Working with other administrators and teachers in different divisions can lead to be difficult when working on big projects and becomes even more challenging when working with students in other divisions. Timings are different and everyone is very busy with their normal day to day work and routines. This can make it difficult to organize the amount of face to face discussion needed to fulfill all the requirements and details of the amazing projects we’ve worked on as a school this year.
Under these circumstances, Google Docs has become an extremely effective tool with all of its amazing capabilities that allow highly effective online collaboration and discussion. For all the project teams and task forces I have worked with this year, using Google Docs has allowed me to become an involved collaborator and contributor in the many online communities I have been a part of. HERE is one example of a Google Doc I was involved with that was a key part if the process that was a key component in constructing a large school wide project that was designed to showcase the everyday life at our school. This project was large scale and had more moving parts and detail than any other project I have ever been a part of.
I truly believe that without having access to the technology used in organizing and communicating within this project, it would have never have been as rich and complex as it was. I think many others would also agree with this statement. Having an online document to both work from, visualize from and clearly communicate from, live from anywhere allows us to accomplish major task as an online community.
Using Google Docs has been my primary source of online collaboration in my new administrative role this year, but as I continue to become more literate with Google Docs and see it’s effectiveness, I am also looking to embrace more opportunities with online communities in order to enhance my learning and communication as an Educator. I am also in the beginning stages of growing my PLN with Twitter and as I get more involved I am seeing how creating an online network will help me generate many more thoughts and ideas that will help me continue to develop Global Citizenship understanding at AIS-R. Here are some examples of how I have begun to use Twitter to help promote Global Citizenship thinking at my school and also get my name out into the digital world with my involvement in Problem Based Learning in Mathematics at a NESA conference. This is a next step that this CoeTail course has helped me commit to and I am excited to see where it will take my learning.