I know…I know…I already did my reflections on DENSI2013, but I felt compelled to write again. I want to share my love of my PLN on Twitter. I remember a teacher asking me about Twitter last year and thinking, “Whatever, it is not my job to keep you abreast of your social connections!” I even complained to fellow buddies about the audacity of this staff member! Wow, do I ever regret my response!
Before attending DENSI2013, I used Twitter sparingly. I have teenagers and knew what they used Twitter for and I really didn’t see how it was going to apply to me. I discovered a #edtechchat about a month before I set off for Vermont. My interest was a little peaked and it got me thinking how to get connected. I would say I had around twenty to thirty followers & the same amount of people that I followed.
After DENSI2013, my PLN exploded. I started taking part in weekly chats within Twitter. I loved being able to say I actually knew some of the folks chatting and offering wisdom. The highlight of my Twitter experience was being part of #ITSnewbiechat. I was taking part this past week and the commentators threw out the request for a book for a book club. I immediately thought of the awesome Steve Dembo (@teach42) and Adam Bellow and their amazing book “Untangling the Web.” The crazy thing was, they had already zeroed in on that book. I cannot wait to dive into this book some more with great educators across the country.
I also saw Selena Ward (@thetechtiger) name come up with using Evernote, and how lucky was I to be able to say that I sat in the conference and she is THE guru!! Then I saw Karen Ogen’s (@karenogen) name pop up in a random search for QR code lesson ideas. I went to one of her sessions and she blows me away!
I guess I will continue to be blessed with the amazing gift of DENSI and all it has given to me personally and professionally. Get to stepping on your DEN & PLN, peeps! Iron sharpens iron.