I’m a beginning PLPeep. Our school district has had the opportunity this year to work with the amazing people that are Powerful Learning Practice. Having followed Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson on Twitter for a while, I jumped at the chance. We got a team of 5 amazing educators and one administrator together and the work began.
We are doing our best to become active participants in the PLP community. Some of us are a little better than others. One task we’ve all agreed upon is building our Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and becoming more connected as educators. Coincidentally, Sheryl and Will both have books out on those topics (see below for links). These books will be our starting point, along with online and face to face discussions. I’ve just finished Will’s book and already feel like I’m filled with new ideas.
We’ll explore different networks, take risks by not only joining but also contributing, and hopefully connect with others for collaborative projects. All before the current school year ends. We took one small step last week when our administrators gave the thumbs up for a school Twitter account.
I’m excited about the work to come. I’ve experienced the power of Twitter for the past few years and continue to build my networks. I’m hopeful that the teachers and administrator on our PLP team will grasp the value of these networks for themselves and their students as well.
I’m writing this here as a public commitment. I promise to support our team and do whatever is necessary to help all (including me) build our PLNs. I’m posting the PLPeep badge within this post, but not on the blog itself- until I feel it’s truly been earned. We have some work ahead of us, but our team could be the ‘change team’ that Will Richardson refers to in his book.
Next assignment for me: Reading Sheryl’s book. I can’t wait. Tips and comments are welcome.
Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education
Lani Ritter Hall and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age