I believe in the power of connections and that our ideas are only as good as the people we share them with. I have an incredible network of educators throughout the world that I learn and share with every day.
When working on the One Word project with my students at the beginning of the year, I established a single word goal for myself as well. My word is EMPOWER, which got me thinking again about my extensive PLN and how they empower me! So, in my first attempt to explicitly empower others, I reached out to our local Faculty of Education with an offer to connect my class with profs and their students…. our future teachers!
Although there was much initial interest, Barb Van Hatten and I quickly established a common desire and enthusiasm to connect our students in the interest of learning and sharing beyond the walls of our classrooms. We met face to face, exchanged numerous emails and I had the pleasure to meet her class, introduce my class and present the idea for our project. By leveraging the positive power of social media (Twitter), our future teachers were now connected and learning from my students without even stepping in the door. They had learned how to open a “window” to my classroom. The possibilities were endless! Now, with a renewed vision for the growth of this project, I created a Google Doc:
It was time to reach out to my PLN, a group of Ontario teachers who I knew to be connected, innovative, risk takers who were sharing the incredible things happening in their classrooms with the world.
Brian Aspinall, Laurie Azzi, Aviva Dunsiger, Allison Fuisz, Sharon Moskovitz and Jonathan So were all quick to reply to my idea and expressed a desire to help lead and grow (when the time is appropriate) the idea of “Project: ConnectED”!
We hope to grow this worldwide, in attempts to break down our classroom walls and establish a global community of “Connected Classrooms” If you are a connected teacher, a prof at a Faculty of Education or a future teacher, we encourage you to join! Don’t wait, an open window can connect you to the world! Visit the Project: ConnectED Doc, leave me a message or tweet me to get started! **Please note you do not have to have an initial connection to get started, we can help!