I had the opportunity to be a part of a live podcast yesterday at EduReach with Michelle Russell, Cheryl Lykowski, Carlos Fernandez and James Gubbins. Wow! It was an incredible experience. If you teach, be sure to go to: http://www.whatisyoureduwin.com/ This is where you have an opportunity to share the awesome things that you are discovering with your students and colleagues.
How did I find out about #Eduwin? I was on twitter one afternoon reading about the wonderful things that my PLN was involved in when I read a tweet shared by @flourishingkids. She shared the link to #eduwin and that it was a great place to share what you are doing. So because of this tweet, I went to the link, read about #Eduwin and decided to share! I shared my learning about blogging and the impact it has had on me professionally as well as my students, their families and colleagues. Shortly after I submitted my idea, #Eduwin contacted me and an interactive, live podcast was organized.
This was my 1st podcast. It was amazing. I was able to have conversations with 4 talented people whom I have never met. They are now a part of my PLN! What was so great about this podcast was that we were all in different parts of the US; Vermont, Chicago, Michigan and Florida. This was possible thanks to Google Hangout! I am new at using Google Hangouts, but it worked so well. I felt as though we were all in the same place together.
The conversation was very inspiring for me. As an educator I feel it is so important to have opportunities to share about what we are doing with our students. I learn so much from the successes and challenges from my colleagues. The dialogue is important and vital for my growth as an educator. Through this type of experience I am now willing to do this again and encourage others to share as well!
I am struck continually by the energy, courage, creativity, perseverance and knowledge that I come across when I am connecting with my PLN. For me twitter and linkedin play an important role in my transformation and growth. If you are not using social media as part of your profession, I hope that you will consider it! The world is a huge place with so many opportunities to connect, collaborate and grow. I value all of the connections I have made because they have helped me become a strong and transparent teacher, who continues to find ways to make a difference for my students.