I love my job as the Director of Technology at the International School of Stavanger in Norway. I love the day to day interaction with teachers and students. I love working with the admin team.
I also love the network of #edtech people that I get to “work with” around the world. It’s my PLN, my “people” that I can connect with around the world that are so fantastic! Part of my personality just loves meeting new people and my PLN allows me to do that frequently. My wife, who has recently returned to Twitter after a little “time apart”, said to me the other day, “I can see why you are not on Facebook anymore, there is so much to learn on Twitter!” I smiled deeply inside and out. She’s finding her “people” again in the art world and is singing the praises of Twitter and Pinterest.
Documenting my PLN (a task we are assigned to do in this course) is both easy and hard at the same time. Twitter has been a part of my PLN for a long time. In fact I’d say that the #coetail hashtag is one that I use frequently. I used to tell myself that I had to tweet a certain number of times a week but now I just find that I naturally tweet things like this:
It’s just a natural part of how I work and learn. That’s why it is hard to document. Being asked to document a part of your daily workflow is a little overwhelming. If you are in doubt about my PLN, just have a look at my Twitter account I guess!
I find that especially through the use of hashtags the conversation is sustained, two-way. Here’s just one example of a thought provoking set of tweets with someone I have never met (via Twitter) This “chat” was about the idea of removing explicitly taught tech skills from MS and HS curriculum, something I am interested to see how/if other schools are doing successfully.
So there you have it, a little evidence that Twitter is a vital part of my PLN. So what is next for me? I’d like to be a part of a few more hosted, content-specific chats and I would like to be a little more vulnerable in my Tweets. So far I have kept things strictly work-related and I will mostly keep things that way, but I may experiment a bit with some personal/vulnerable tweets.
See you on my PLN!