- build my PLN and connect with educators globally
- establish face to face connections with other educators
- exchange resources (teaching & leaderships tips, blogs, publications, videos, etc) with others
- access and contribute to collaborative documents such as GoogleDocs
- ask questions and find out how other educators are approaching similar challenges
- answer questions and provide creative approaches for other educators
- share my persepctive with other educators
- challenge my own thinking by reading the perspectives of others
The beauty of Twitter is that I can constantly update and customize my PLN so that I can explore my own areas of interest. Other advantages of Twitter is its 'anytime', 'anywhere' accessibility. Finally, Twitter breaks down any type of formal hierarchical structure. Teachers, school-based administrators and district administrators interact freely with each other, sharing experiences, opinions, perspectives and resources with one another.
Over the past few months, Terry Ainge and I have been regularly sharing our positive experiences about Twitter with our colleagues. In his post Using Twitter to Build a PLN Terry describes some of the professional connections he has established and re-established through Twitter. Our goal is to gradually build our PLN to include as many of our Delta Secondary colleagues as possible. Much like Brian Kuhn (@bkuhn) says in his post, we are encouraging people One Person at a Time to join the PACER PLN. The response has been very encouraging. In a short time, the PACER PLN has grown to include 15 educators.
@agoelstevens (A. Goel-Stevens - Vice-Principal)
@gharkley (G. Harkley- Business Ed & Career Prep teacher)
@kgadowsky (K. Gadowsky -Delta Work Options Alternate Program teacher)
@rheagunning (R. Gunning - English teacher)
@dssev (C. Mynott - Automotive & Math Teacher)
@jenheiden (J. Heiden - Learning Assistance & Communications teacher)
@samotohashi (S. Motohashi - Science teacher & Edublogger: ' New Teacher on the Block' )
@nic0lecruz (N. Cruz - Spanish teacher)
@stvcwn (S. Cowan - counsellor)
@robinjwait (R. Wait - English teacher)
@delta_wing (G. Addison - Computer Animation teacher)
@danahuff75 (D. Huff - SS & Eng teacher)
@northdelta007 (B. Pannu - Science teacher)
@aakune (A. Akune - Vice-Principal & Edublogger: ' Educating in the 21st Century' )
@terryainge (T. Ainge - Principal & Edublogger: 'Pacer Post' )
Each of us is at different stages in our use of Twitter. The PACER PLN includes active tweeps, bloggers, beginning tweeps and passive tweeps. Regardless of how each of is using Twitter presently, the important point is that each of us has jumped in and is experimenting with social networking as a means of continuing our professional development beyond the usual boundaries.
At Delta Secondary, staff participate in face-to-face collaboration time for one hour every second week. This continues to be time well spent as teachers work on new and ongoing projects together. As positive as collaboration time has been this year, the limitations of any face-to-face collaboration is that it can only happen at scheduled times, scheduled locations and can only involve a limited number of people. The PACER PLN offers an extension of the conversations that are occurring during face-to-face collaboration. Without the already mentioned limitations being a factor, ongoing conversations, planning and projects can be continued through Twitter.
During our upcoming collaboration day this Wednesday, the PACER PLN will be gathering to discuss how we can use Twitter in the most effective ways to connect Delta Secondary colleagues with each other and with others beyond the school. It's safe to say that I am extremely encouraged by the growth of the PACER PLN and I look forward to its continued growth over the coming days!