Busy but exciting times ahead as this weekend (Saturday, May 12th to be precise), I will lead a ‘professional development day’ for English teachers from state schools in the Turkish city of Karabük. The day will consist of 4 sessions, 2 in the morning and 2 after lunch. In the morning, I will be focusing on ‘exploring the space’ as opposed to ‘filling the gap’ and I thought I would use the afternoon to show the how the attendees can take their professional development into their own hands by entering the world of social networking.
I did a session like this last year at the 4th TED Conference in Samsun in which I played a few videos and voice recordings contributed by my Twitter PLN and, as it went down very well, I thought I would do the same again. Last time, I focused purely on Twitter and the benefits of building a network there but this time, as the session will be spread over two hours instead of one, I am planning to include a look at blogs, Facebook groups, online conferences and ELTchat.
And that’s where you come in, my dear PLN. Again, I would like to include some ‘Voices from my PLN’ about the benefits of pursuing your own CPD online. This could take the form of a short (1 minute maximum!) video (uploaded to YouTube) or a voice recording (via Audio Boo or Vocaroo for example) explaining what your PLN means to you. Ideally, one contribution for each of the following things I will be focusing on in the talk would be great:
- Facebook groups
- Online conferences
If you can spare the time to help me out, please get in touch via the comments section or send a direct message on Twitter and help me get some more teachers online!