With whom do you learn?
Do you collaborate with a group of teachers at your grade level?
Do you share and bounce ideas with others in your school, your building, your area?
Do you belong to a network of teachers who meet to exchange ideas and share practice?
Do you participate in voluntary reading and learning groups?
Have you been to informal ‘teachmeets’ organised by teachers for teachers?
Have you participated in global online conferences?
Do you write your own blog to share your ideas, reflections and practice with other educators?
Do you participate in the global education conversation by reading and commenting on educational blogs?
Do you engage with other educators on Twitter?
A session with teachers yesterday on developing our class blogs, highlighted ways we can learn together.
- A group of teachers of different grade levels gathered together (voluntarily) to share ideas and learn together.
- A range of great ideas was crowd sourced via Twitter before the session, with contributions from educators around the globe.
- At the last minute, David Mitchell offered to Skype in (at midnight!) from the UK to share his schools experiences with blogging.
- David introduced the concept of Quadblogging, in which classes around the world are grouped together
I was reminded of one of the most powerful influences in the building of my online PLN.
- The more I read other’s blogs, the more I wanted to find and read.
- The more comments I began to get on my posts, the more I wanted to write and share.
- I was exposed to different people, places and practice.
- I began to engage with teachers and learners around the globe.
- Connections were made, friendships were formed, ideas were exchanged.
- The learning was addictive.
It seems to me that connecting our students via Quadblogging can have similar effects. It’s much more than what David describes on the website as ‘a leg up to an audience for your class/school blog’, although that’s an important starting point. Writing for an authentic audience, receiving feedback from the world, reading what others write and responding to them are all undoubtedly valuable outcomes.
But it’s more than that.
With whom do your students learn?
Are they expected to spend a whole year engaging with the same group of twenty or thirty students in your classroom?
There are so many ways we can help our students create their own personal learning networks.
Quadblogging is another way to extend the potential for learning beyond the classroom walls…