Session Title: Autonomous Professional Development Begins at Home 

Your Name: Marisa Constantinides 

Work Title: Director of Studies, Teacher Educator 

School or Organization Name: CELT Athens

Co-Presenter's Name Shaun Wilden, IH Global  

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Athens, Greece, Oxford, UK 

Language in Which You Will Present: English 

Target Audience(s): Open to all, especially those new to Social Networking for PD 

Short Session Description (one line): 

Teachers  taking control of their own professional development through social networking 


Recently, there’s been an amazing growth in professional development opportunities available via social networking. It’s never been easier for teachers to personalize their own PD, while simply sitting at home. In this talk we’ll explore the wealth of opportunities available to teachers, discussing how best they can get involved, get connected and how to evaluate what’s out there.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The talk begins by exploring the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) for the language teacher and looks at the traditional cycle of the CPD taken by a teacher post initial qualification - from mentoring through to attending workshops It looks at these things from a pre-web 2 0 standpoint examining the benefits and disadvantages such as time cost and availability.

The main part of the talk turns it attention to the growth of the Internet as a professional development tool outlining the 21st century model of education, the 4 C’s (creativity collaboration critical thinking communication) drawing parallels between this and the growing online global community of teachers.


The talk will introduce the audience to

• Online CPD schemes and free online workshops via the EU or other organizations

• Social Networks as the hub of online connections and conversations about CPD • Daily fix of CPD websites and networks

• Webinars & and online conference opportunities in our field


In the final part, we’ll consider how teachers can make the most of this range of CPD opportunities. How they go about evaluating what’s out there and deciding how they can involve themselves. A teacher-as-researcher model will be explored with information about how to trial report and evaluate classroom practices engaging the wider ELT community as opposed to a local group of colleagues – often not available.


The talk concludes by going back to the title and making the point that these days Autonomous Professional Development begins at home.



Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

A framework for 21st century learning
What are quality circles

Twitter hashtags mentioned:


Read this intro if you don’t know how to follow hashtags on Twitter

Online communities

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Hi - we can do this late p.m. hours GTM and GMT+2 as Shaun is co-organizing an IATEFL LTSIC online event 


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