PLNs -- which she calls "passionate learning networks" and defines simply as "the people you choose to connect with and learn from."
Shelly has a list of resources for educators who want to use Skype and videoskype to go global with their classrooms.
"I get them to start with blogs, show them how to participate by commenting. They see how the conversation evolves. After they get comfortable, I encourage them to begin looking at other tools. Like our students, teachers evolve at different paces...You have to participate to build community.
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Asking for help is important -- just as we teach our students every day. It opens a conversation. Be willing to listen. Be willing to let the conversation take you where it's going to take you, because often it takes you to a completely different place than you originally imagined.”
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