I know this isn’t that big a deal to some out there, but this is still new to most so I’m sharing it here. BECAUSE I have built a network of people with an education focus over time, interesting opportunities arise. Today my students went to music the last 40 minutes of the day – it is one of my 2 preparation periods a week. I was trying to remember someone’s blog address and remembered they had replied to me on Twitter recently so I opened Twitter and found the link to their blog on their Twitter homepage. Then I made a quick comment on Twitter and went about my business. A few minutes later I glanced at Twitter and saw that Allanah King on the other side of the world in New Zealand had seen I was on Twitter and wondered if I was available to Skype for a minute into a presentation she was doing.
I could … so a few minutes later I talked to her group in New Zealand for literally 2 minutes … and then went back to checking email and writing lessons. This is akin to being able to pop your head into the teacher’s classroom next to yours to ask a question or share an idea … well except the classroom could be anywhere in the world … or maybe even on the International Space Station I guess. : ) So start or continue to build your network today!
Learning is messy