This year I have been trying to get teacher's at two satellite "special education/alternative resource" schools to understand the value of a PLN (Personal Learning Network) and suggested at the beginning of the year that we set up a Ning so they could communicate with peers throughout the District, with the hope of expanding it to a GLN (Global Learning Network). I simply asked that they come up with the name and that I would set up the site and get the ball rolling. By January, I had 2 suggestions. [Insert sad face here]. Following the fallout of the Ning restructuring, I began investigating alternatives, namely Grouply and Grou.ps.
I sent out another request for names and with a little poking and proding, I got some great suggestions. We set up an online poll and the name chosen was Agents of Change! Brilliant! Well the group has been set up for a few weeks now and the first day or two people were active. Since last Friday...nothing [insert another sad face] .
Certainly I can continue to add content and continue to encourage the growth of this site, but I don't want it to be about me and my opinions. So, here is my plea to my own PLN and anyone reading this post for this matter: "If you are interested in helping grow a new online community whose focus is based primarily on Technology Use in Speacial Education, come join us and help me demonstrate what it means to be part of a personal learning network at http://grou.ps/agentsofchange/join " I can lead these teachers to a knowledge based PLN, but I can't demonstrate it's power without some interactivity. So even if you are involved in "mainstream" ed tech, please come and join us.
The world is a better place with you in it!
Climbing off my soapbox now....