Much of the talk about the power of Twitter centers around PLNs. Hashtags, such as #edchat, #education and #edtech are quick entries open up potential PLNs. I am amazed at the world wide wealth of knowledge that is out there, but also the world wide wonder wonder when it comes to education. When I wrote my post about Twitter I may have had 30-40 people following me (mainly fabulous colleagues from my school district in Coquitlam, BC), none outside of North America and yet if you look at the page views of my blog below you can see the global possibilities that are there in terms of contact with the World. Last time I checked I know no one in South Korea, Russia, Japan nor South Africa and 1 person in Australia.
@MrWejr uses his PLN very effectively. Just today (a week later from the original post) he sent out another question. This question was sent out to myself, a principal in China, Alberta, Pennsylvania, and Massachusettes. 5 principals working in 3 different countries discussing the same issue. We all have different training, experience and school boards but we all work with kids. Why limit ourselves to our neighbouring schools? Are we ever going to get better at what we do by always conferring with the same people?
I am looking for examples of this. If you have written a post on this topic or are able to share an experience that directly impacted your profession as a result of putting out a question via Twitter, could you please share. I have found many great resources and fantastic articles and have my own personal experience but I am looking for other perspectives as I would like to have something more to demonstrate other than my own experience. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated.
Below are some examples that I have picked up from an #edchat discussion:
How do we encourage other teachers not online to begin collaborating with peers? #edchat Be role models by doing it ourselves
What are the most effective tools for international collaboration projects? #Edchat wikispaces, skype, Flasmeeting, Animoto
Doing a stu twtr discussion tonite "what is the responsibility of the student" @ 7cnt time. Invite ur stu - use #ohs2010 - #edchat
You cannot understand your own culture completely without understanding it's relationships to other cultures. #edchat
show them the benefits of collab online "work smarter, not harder" #edchat