#nablopomo #nablopomoed Best About PLN

#nablopomo #nablopomoed Day 14 The best thing about my PLN is…


The best thing about my personal learning network / neighborhood is the relationships. We follow each other on Twitter and in blogs, Google hangout on topics of interest, and join communities in Google Plus and Flickr. We know the interests and issues dear to us, and share, connect, and collaborate on those interests through our connections in these online areas. We celebrate our successes together and we move forward together from failure. We support each other in our projects, often collaborating to make them successful. And we nudge each other to new ideas or revisions. In the rush of our lives in our separate worlds we connect to learn and grow in spots.

What do I mean?  Check it out:

Fellowship of the Open Spokes Channel and Community

a group of educators sharing their world in topics that affect education founded by Ben Wilkoff

Edugood and TFotoFri (this one with Denise Krebs )Flickr Groups [ You may even meet them! ]

#midleved and #geniushour Twitter hashtags — by so many amazing eductors

Making Learning Connected #clmooc — with many of the amazing people of National Writing Project and Connected Learning

Check out the ideas in the vlogs, blogs, tweets, and comments on each of those links and you will read and view the connections among the participants — in and out, here and there, but definitely connections of relationship — of caring and supporting each other.

Then, join in. Because the best thing about your PLN will be the relationships you build.


Hang Out

In photo: Top  Denise Krebs , Kristine Full, Sheri Edwards, Theresa Allen, Tracy Watanabe

Connected Learners and Friends

Spot Image: Spots by Sheri Edwards at Tumblr

Building Neighborhoods #etmooc #midleved : an invitation


We’re building a new neighborhood. Want to visit for a while?

As I learn more about PLNs through #etmooc, especially from @bhwilkoff, I realize I have a responsibility to help find and support the sub-committees that have a common focus.  Ben Wilkoff calls these sub-committees “neighborhoods.” These neighborhoods support each other in efforts to transform education, to make changes for our students’ futures.

The people listed in the image at left are connections I’ve recently made through ETMOOC  blogging, Google Plus, and Twitter. The educators are passionate middle level educators — teaching students in grades 5-8 (10-14 years of age). From their tweets and blogs I am learning more about educational technology and student engagement.

As a middle level educator, I find we have needs that differ than other levels. So, I’d like to invite middle level educators to connect in order to support our efforts to develop curriculum, pedagogy, and strategies to infuse technology and student engagement through other strategies, such as project/problem/passion-based education or the #geniushour. I appreciate the inspiration received from my friend, Denise Krebs, a fellow middle level educator in our neighborhood.

What if we connect and reflect together via Google+, Twitter, and blogs? We can add common documents and resources to the Connect In The Middle wiki and share resources in this group Diigo. We can connect our blogs, and reflect/comment on our questions and solutions together. Perhaps we can design student projects that connect these middle school students in a safe environment as they apply their digital citizenship to complete these projects.

The possibilities are endless, and involvement would be only as needed for each of us. Some might visit for a while; others might connect more fully, and some visit occasionally.  After all, we would be building a neighborhood that we visit for different purposes.

The first questions I’m considering, based on the first week of ETMOOC are:

    • How important is connected learning? Why?
    • Is it possible for our classrooms to support this kind of learning? If so, how?
    • What skills and literacies are necessary for connected learning?
    • How do we develop these?

Please read my responses here: Connected In The Middle Post. Do you have ideas about these questions? What are your questions? How can we help each other?

Please consider joining the conversation / connections for middle level educators to act on the conversations in ETMOOC and beyond.

To build your middle level neighborhood, please follow these educators who have inspired me this week.

Laura Gilchrist ‏ @LauraGilchrist4

Bernice Homel ‏ @BHomel1

Gallit Zvi ‏ @gallit_z

Rhoni McFarlane ‏ @rhonimcfarlane

Scott Hazeu ‏ @scotthazeu

Laura Coughlin ‏ @CoughlinLaura

Ben Wilkoff @bhwilkoff

Joy Kirr ‏ @JoyKirr

Lorraine Boulos ‏ @RaineCB

If you would like to join the middle level neighborhood, please comment below, and join the Connect In The Middle wiki.

Thank you, @grammasheri and welcome to the Connect in the Middle Neighborhood !

Welcome to My Neighborhood #etmooc

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Have you seen Ben Wilkoff’s Vlog “From Network to Neighborhood?” Take a spin in what he calls his “Personal Learning Neighborhood,” as he shares not just connections, but the learning created in his neighborhood.  Isn’t that a wonderful description of the connections and learning we develop online?

In my second vlog, I wandered through my “neighborhoods.” I wish I had thought of calling it that, but I didn’t. And I inferred my learning, but did not explain it.

So, I’d like to thank my neighborhood, and share them so you, too, may find these connections.

The People:

Denise Krebs : I learned about collaboration and taking risks from Denise. She modelled jumping into the online conversations and presenting to share how to do so. She is one of the founders of #geniushour, the idea that students need time to develop their passions, and one of our main tasks is to guide them there. Together (we’ve never met f2f), we planned through Twitter, Google+ Hangouts, and Google Docs a presentation during Connected Educator Month to encourage others to “Extend the Conversation.” Her blog shares her wisdom, passion, and love for  teaching middle school and in teaching and connecting through Personal Learning Networks.  She’s holding the camera above. You can’t help but be inspired from her.

Tracy Watanabe : Do you need information on project and problem based learning, Common Core State Standards, technology in the classroom? I am continuously thankful for the sharing of detailed information about these topics by Tracy (she’s at lower right in the image above). I adapt her ideas to my situation and am a better teacher because of it.

Theresa Allen :  To the left of Tracy is Theresa, a frequent tweeter and model online learner. Read about her work in her blog, Computer Classroom Connections, and visit the EVPD Educator Virtual Professional Development wiki to connect with the professional development that she and others provide for her school community. I learned about Socrative and Edmodo from her. She sets a positive, welcoming tone where-ever she is, and that attitude encourage me to join with Denise in our presentation. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Kristine Full : On the lower left is Kristine. I had just met her during this hangout, and the best thing about connecting is that the “neighborhoods” blend into other areas. Enjoy Kris’s Pinterest for teachers and hobbies (yum! ); I’ve added cooking and photography tips from her. You never know! Thanks, Kris!

The Organizations

 ASCD Edge: A community of educators discussing today’s issues.

NCTE Connected: Keep up with Language Arts input in this community.

Classroom 2.0: Tens of thousands of technology learners to interact with and learn from through Saturday Blackboard sessions – Classroom 2.o Live. I probably attended every Saturday morning for two years to learn how to … VoiceThread, Edmodo, Skype, etc. (no show 1/26) EduCon 2.5).

English Companion Ning: Again, thousands of teachers forming groups and helping each other learn to be better LA teachers.

 What about your “neighborhood?” What learning can you share from yours?