This Thursday, I am presenting at Montclair State University Center of Pedagogy‘s Turning on Learning Conference. My session is called “Creating Personal Learning Environments for Professional Development,” and I really want to use the power of the network to illustrate the following point:
Like it or not: your professional development will no longer be something you “go somewhere” and receive. It will not be at a “make and take” style seminar where you go to the local Holiday Inn conference room and leave with some nice pre-made handouts to give to your students. It comes to you, as long as you are ready to accept it. It’s a network, and it’s here for you. Yes, you’ve got people.
When I needed to prove this point earlier in the year to my high school staff, I relied on my own network to show them the power of connectivity using Voicethread. I’d like to do that once again. My audience will be administrators, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate education students, and I’d like them to hear from you all about what you see as the future of professional development.
So if you have a moment or two, please lend your voice or your text to this voicethread. I am sure I will be thinking out loud about this all week, so bear with me.