Well after a few weekend gliches with my internet connection, the excitment of a Year 10 Formal and all the many jobs that get left for the weekend, I have finally managed to get my PLN blog up!
I have been “dipping my toes into Web2.0” tools for about 2 years now and I have now decided to take the ‘plunge’ and ‘dive in the deep end’ by undertaking this 12-week SLAV program. Up until now I have been exploring, absorbing, using, questioning and sharing with many people both in person and online without really putting a formal name to it – I now know that I have in fact been forming a ‘personal learning network’ all this time.
I have used a number of the tools listed in the program (and also seen a number of them in action through various presentations, conferences and blogs) and I am looking forward to finding out more about how they can be used.
In 2009 I held ‘WoW’ (Workshop on Wednesdays) sessions after school for staff interested in finding out a bit more about some of the Web2.0 tools that could be used by them and by their students. I tried to keep the sessions down to 30minutes and give them the basics of what a particular tool could do, or how it could be used. Staff were then encouraged to explore these for themselves and a few of them are now being used regularly (iGoogle, Google Reader, Delicious, Wordle). It has been hard to conduct these sessions this year with changes to the meeting schedule and library staffing. However I am endeavouring to continue with these this term by changing to Tuesday lunchtimes and also inviting VCE students along – ‘ICTuesdays’ is the new name with format the same!
I have been fortunate in gaining a lot of support from within my school, as I have explored new web tools, and in return I have tried to share my findings through a blog Library Lynn. I have also been following a number of blogs from people who have inspired me in my endeavours and from whom I continue to learn – Will Richardson, Jenny Luca, Chris Betcher, Lisa Dumicich, Jeff Utecht, Judy O’Connell, Heather Bailie, Tania Sheko and of course the fantastic information shared through Bright Ideas.
I’m looking forward to sharing a ‘sea’ of knowledge from others engaged in this program over the next 12 weeks as we all find our ‘strokes’!