Monday, July 23, 2007

[TIPS] Calling the Network

Ken Pruitt is doing something I like over here: http://kpruitt.edublogs.org/2007/07/21/call-for-data/ Hes calling his network for help. His network are those people with whom he communicates via his blog or their blog or skype or in Classroom20.ning.com, etc. He has learned the power of a network of friends and fellow educators to aid in his learning, and hes asking those kind folks to share some ideas with him regarding how he might takle a project at his school. Hes being charged with helping to provide professional development to the teachers in his elementary and middle schools, and hes looking for input on the most effective ways that it can be done.

I like it for a couple of reasons. First, the appeal shows that hes feeling truly connected to his online community of friends and fellow educators, and so hes actively networking with them to get ideas. Second you get to see the really cute pictures of his new son on Flickr. J

In any case, if youve got a minute, maybe you could drop on over there and provide a helpful hint or two. Not that were trying to start a mass campaign of open helpdesk requests. This is a teacher who gets it asking for opinions from others who get it and who may have something they wish to share.

I like it.

1 comment:

Kurt Paccio said...

When Ken calls on his "network", I'm proud to say I'm one of those who he's talking to. I agree that Ken "gets it."

One of the things that is starting to concern me is the 'us vs. them' mentality of this whole web 2.0 / school 2.0 movement.

I often feel like an outsider. My network consists of me and... well it's just very few right now. When I try to break in, I feel less than welcome.

The edublogger cafe at NECC felt that way. There was an elitist feel to it. If people didn't recognize your name from the blogosphere, then... well perhaps it was just me.

The power of the network is real. But establishing a network is hard work these days.

Good post.