Chapter Three is titled Step One: Connection. Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay make the case in this chapter for establishing Personal Learning Networks using push and pull technology in order to connect with the world. Having done this, teachers can begin considering how global projects fit into their classroom and curriculum and student lives.
As Julie (Virtual Book Club member) says in her post:
“‘It all starts with you. The teacher sets the tone for learning by being a willing participant in the learning process.’ (page 33) I continued reading the rest of the chapter with those words resonating in my head.”
As you read this chapter, take some time to explore new technologies or new resources that you encounter. If you agree with Vicki and Julie that “Teachers aren’t just a source of information, they are also co-travelers and coaches on the learning journey,” then jump in and begin learning. Consider committing to the Flat Classroom 15 and set up an RSS feed or blog. It is by creating connections yourself that you will pave the way for your students to become networked, global thinkers and learners.
Have you already embarked on this journey? If so, what are some of your favorite tools for staying connected? Share a link to your blog so that we can connect with you. Give some advice to novices trying to create their PLN.