Last fall the Waterloo Region District School Board held their third Digital Learning Symposium. Each symposium has focused on sharing effective classroom practice, changing practice and promoting innovative practices.
The series of events has provided an opportunity for educators to come together, share, network and talk about next steps to pushing the envelope, building synergy and scaling change at the system level.
One of the strategies used at this recent symposium was to capture the best practices shared through video recording and create a WRDSB system blog to share the learnings and innovative approaches through other initiatives such as meetings of system leaders, school staff meetings and subject association sessions. It is important to keep the momentum of the change conversation going. This public blog also supports open learning for all educators.
One of the best elements of the web is the ongoing learning and sharing that takes place. While in many ways, you never really know what impact you will have with a tweet, retweet, participation in a chat, a blog post, commenting , creating a podcast, video etc. I like the notion of the ripple effect.
More and more though, I am thinking about levels of learning. Even though all of the examples above can be classified as participating, contributing, sharing and learning. I wonder though, what is it that actually triggers one to find the PLN that will help you learn, challenge you, push you, and follow through to grow and change your practice?
I am sure that many web users enjoy the variety of ways to participate. I do too, but I find both the enjoyment and learning that comes from reading blogs and the related comments to be a great experience.
Here are a few highlights from my web travels this week: