Communication - How do we ensure that the ideas and skills learned impact instruction? How will teachers get Schoolnet training?

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
~George Bernard Shaw


Activity - Classroom Communication Discussion

Discuss the following questions with your table and be prepared to share out as a group:
  • How are communication and collaboration linked? What is their role in professional development/learning?
  • What are some ways that technology tools can play a role in communication?
  • Think about in-school vs. at-home communication between teachers & leaders. How can technology tools play a role in communication in different settings?

Planning for Professional Learning

Our First Task: Building a communication plan
  • Who needs the information?
  • How will it be communicated?
  • How often?
  • Who will communicating?
  • What expectations will be set?
  • What will be monitored?


Building Professional Development Capacity Toolkit
Exploratree - Thinking Guides

Task #1: Click on the link above to go to the my Popplet page. Create a free account by clicking sign up for free.

Task #2: Click on the public popplets tab to review some examples of how popplet can be used to create mind maps.

Task #3: Start your own Popplet about how you might use this tool to communicate your PD plan.
Classroom Implications
Students can create mind maps using Popplet in order to brainstorm around a variety of topics and collaborate with their peers. It can be used to create a timeline around historical events. Elementary teachers can prepare a Popplet with images or words and allow students to arrange them in order to make connections. It can also be used for students to summarize something they read or what they learned during a lesson. Teachers might also use it as a tool to introduce a new topic in a visual way.

Home and School Connection

Popplets can be shared online, exported as PDFs, or printed in order to share visual mind maps at home. Challenge students to create a collaborative Popplet with someone at home about chores or family history to practice brainstorming and organizing thoughts.

Additional Resources

Popplet Tutorial

Popplet Blog