I've been doing some research over the past few weeks. Watching old episodes of "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and Ren and Stimpy have brought back tons of great memories. The responses from the Twitterverse and my friends have been overwhelming. I thought I would share a sneak peek of the post because I'm still a ways a way from completing the two-part epic. I hope you like the direction I'm going with this set. As always, please feel free to comment or offer suggestions.
Everything I have Ever Learned about Tech Integration I Learned from Watching Saturday Night Nickelodeon (SNICK).
Please watch these first before you read.
The first video is the intro that I grew up remembering and loving. The next clip is from the first episode and I realized I hit the jackpot. The video is about PLNs. The Midnight Society gets together once a week to share stories about a topic they all love. They come from different backgrounds and different schools, but they have this one shared passion. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" was about finding people with like interests and sharing their creativity with one another. Don't we do this every Tuesday with #edchat?
Developing your PLN is an important part of tech integration. Teachers need to find like minded people so they do not get burned out or beat down by others that migh tnot be on board with tech in their building. My PLN comes from all of the world from many different types of schools, but our shared desire for educational reform and tech integration has brought us together to share ideas on how to accomplish a common goal. As a teacher, it is my job to find the best ways to reach my students to ensure they are prepared for college and the rest of their lives. I think some of the tools I have discovered and the tool shared with me are helping me do that.
When it is the turn of someone in the Midnight Society to tell a story, all eyes are on them as they spin a yarn of terror. In my PLN, I know I have a captivated audience that is looking to change the way they teach to help their students. When someone else is telling their story, I become a part of the captivate audience. It is a great group to be a part of because so much sharing and learning take place.
It might be hard to nail down completely, but it is possible that The Midnight Society might be the first documented PLN. It's not surprising though. Kids have plenty to teach us about working together and learning. Funny.
This is what I have for this topic so far. It still needs to be cleaned up in a few spots, but I like the way that it is going. Hopefully it will continue to grow in the right direction. Have a great day everyone and I'll see you at he next meeting of The Midnight Society.