Navigating social media to find not just a community of practice but YOUR community can be challenging. We'll help you build a PLN, engage in a live chat and empower you to create change with other educators who inspire you to ask, “Why not?” Recommended by ISTE’s Ed Tech Coaches Network
Purpose & objective
Having a powerful Personal Learning Network (PLN) can be life changing for teachers and their students, but sometimes it can be daunting to seek out the people, information, and connections that will provide continued inspiration and engagement. Participants will identify and share their passions, connect in a live chat with ISTE attendees and virtual participants from around the world, and have an opportunity to experience the spark they need to ignite an idea and continue to propel it, and their practice, forward. During and after the chat attendees will be able to identify and reflect on their goals and passions, engage with each other online and face-to-face, and leave with new online and offline connections for immediate and future collaborations.
Presenters will share their journey: from isolated educators to highly connected and empowered creators of awesome.
*Brainstorm and share their passions, asking themselves questions like: “What’s working, what isn’t?”; “What if? Why not? How?”
*Engage in a live discussion about their edu-passions and have an opportunity to connect with ISTE attendees and #BFC530 community members from around the world. The 15 minute, 1 question #BFC530 chat topic will be chosen and moderated by a session participant.
*Reflect on their experience and consider the implications of being a connected and inspired educator within a supportive community. Discussion will focus on the power of connecting, collaborating, and becoming an empowered educator.
By the end of the session we hope each participant not only leaves with a clearer vision for pursuing their educational BIG ideas but also has initiated sustainable connections to be built upon during their ISTE 2015 experience and beyond.
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Anderson, M., Stigter, J., Wing Lai, K., & Pratt, K. (2006). Literature Review and Synthesis: Online Communities of Practice. http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/7480/lrs-online-com.pdf