A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing? Answer on your phone, IM, or right here on the web!So I know there is a lot of talk about the value of tools such as twitter for education, and I have to admit, I do question it for classroom use--it has really put a new spin on my summer time professional development. Why take time out from your packed schedule to let folks know what you are doing? Well if I weren't on twitter, I wouldn't have met Zac Chase...and followed the NSDC conference in Denver while I was at the Keystone Summit, I wouldn't have been able to get updates from Building Learning Connections conference through David Jake's Chatcasts...
Let people know you are planning a digital storytelling workshop like Brian Grenier
and you will get all kinds of resources tweeted back. When Jason Hando tweeted about a flash meeting he was participating it, I was invited to try an AWESOME new tool ....Crafty shared a tip about Slidecasting making podcasts with I know right away when new blogs are posted--seamlessly...I don't have to make time to seek this all out.
I think that is the greatest value in a good professional network--I encourage all educators to start growing their networks. There are VALUABLE things to be learned that can help to provide really rich learning opportunities for THEIR students. Who's in your network?