Internet technology is unbelievable! I arrived in Germany early this morning after visiting Barcelona to moderate the education panel at the 140 Conference then moderating an Elluminate session with Alfie Kohn. The transition between both was hectic, frantic, and exhilarating. However, this incredible experience is due to my involvement with a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and involvement in a thriving online education community. Educators on Twitter, blogs, nings, and other social mediums are passionate about the collaboration and professional development capabilities possible with Internet technologies. http://vimeo.com/9482709I have been participating in an online educational community for less than a year and having a PLN has definitely made me a better educator! I am more passionate about my role as an educator and have hope for the future of education.
140 Conference Education Panel
When Parentella suggested we have an education panel at the 140 Conference in Barcelona, I was excited because I had met some fantastic educators from Barcelona on Twitter. The 140 Conference was created by Jeff Pulver and showcases those passionate about social media. Many of the speakers include celebrities. We saw Jon Landau, the producer of Titanic and Avatar, speak just an hour before our panel. The education panel included two great educators who have taught in Barcelona for many years and provided educators with professional development through many online and offline venues. Before this weekend, I had only communicated with Graham Stanley (@GrahamStanley) and Nicky Hockly (@TheConsultantsE) through Twitter, Google Wave, Skype, and nings. Watch our panel discussion below. Graham and Nicky did an incredible job at keeping the audience engaged!
My husband, Stephen, did a wonderful job recording the event. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a better view of the panel discussion. Therefore, you may have to look closely to catch these great moments:
- Graham is wearing a Twitter Mosaic shirt.
- Nicky has a black t-shirt and has cleverly attached a printout of her Twitter mosaic and Twitter handle with a Saftey Pin.
- See the results of Nicky’s survey here.
- Graham is holding Twitter postcards, stamps, and refrigerator magnets.
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