Category Archives: Web 2.0

Leadership Day 2011: Networking 101


This is my third year participating in the Leadership Day blog carnival, organized by Dr. Scott McLeod of the University of Kentucky or Iowa State University (depending on which online bio you read), or maybe both; I’m not quite sure.  In 2009, I wrote about my experiences working for an effective school leader, and in 2010 I [...]

A Very Special #SpedChat


It hardly seems like it’s been over eight months since Deven Black and I hosted the first #SpedChat discussion of special education issues on Twitter.  Since then, the weekly Tuesday night chat (8:30pm EST/EDT; please join us!) has developed a core community of educators and parents, given birth to a wiki of special ed resources [...]

Educon 2.3: Focus Question 3


Moving forward, we hoped that this focus question would get our attendees thinking about where to go with all this once they returned home: What steps / structures can be taken / created to foster improved classroom practice through PLN interactions? I didn’t see any common themes emerge from these answers (but see below and [...]

Educon 2.3: Focus Question 2


What examples do we have of personal learning networks leading to a change in classroom practice? One group in our Educon conversation managed to group all the responses to this focus question into four main categories: Conversations The proliferation of Twitter-based hashtag chats was mentioned in our presentation, and that resonated with our attendees.  #Spedchat [...]

Educon 2.3: Focus Question 1


One question we presented to our Educon conversation attendees was: What are the major barriers (beyond technical fluency) for social-network based PLN’s to become vehicles for transformative professional development? Lots of great thoughts on this, and of the three focus questions, probably the easiest to answer.  After all, if there weren’t so many barriers, everyone [...]