The 2011 Global Education Conference is next week, November 14-18 and will include sessions from all over the globe. This conference is totally online and totally free! I am honored to be involved in this conference and encourage all of my readers to check out the schedule and try to attend some of the sessions.
If you can’t make all the sessions you want, don’t forget they will all be archived on the conference ning below after the conference.
The Global Education Conference Mission Statement
The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.
So it has been over a year (close to two years) since I have created my PLN and I continue to be amazed by the power it gives me. I’m not talking authority power, I’m talking knowledge power. Through tools like Google Reader, Twitter (+Hootsuite), Diigo, and Ning I am able to connect and gather knowledge 24/7 from global educators. When I first started using Twitter my colleagues would look at me strangely if I said anything like ‘I learned that from my twitter PLN’, or referenced them in anyway. Sometimes, I have to admit I would just say ‘I learned it from my PLN’ and not go too far in depth because I didn’t want to have to justify why I use twitter one more time. That changed about 6 months ago. Now I mention people I know and happily share where and how I got the information. As educators, isn’t it our jobs to be life long learners? The only way I see to be that efficiently, and do it well, is through the online tools I have mentioned. Now I work with teachers and administrators to help them build their global PLNs.
Why is it important for us to connect to a global PLN? Check out this VoiceThread and hear why others connect.
Check out my video below: PLN Research 2010: why have one?
Are you just getting started with twitter and developing your PLN? Check out these resources: