What would you like to talk about on Wednesday January 12th?
Last week’s #ELTchat got the year started with two great discussions on how to overcome colleagues’ resistance to online professional development and on the principles that govern our materials preparation.
In response to the chats and the experience of sharing in the discussion and, on that particular day, the moderation of #ELTchat, Paul Braddock – @bcnpaul1 on Twitter – wrote an absolutely marvellous post, called What a Good Idea, in which he relates the Theory of the Adjacent Possible to connectivity on the web through social networks, especially Twitter and how it has helped him build his own PLN (Personal Learning Network) and revitilized him as a teacher sending him on a new path to his own professional development.
You can read about the Theory of the Adjacent Possible here where you can also listen to a video talk by its creator, Stuart Kauffman.
Then, the Reform Symposium over the weekend took over and there were so many good talks about connecting with other teachers and so many mentions of #ELTchat, we all felt very pleased by the way it is slowly turning into an established channel of communication amongst ELT professionals around the world. The keynote talk, Why Networked Learning Matters by Dr Alec Couros was absolutely amazing and he shared some wonderful links and resources. Don’t miss out on the next Symposium! And do visit the website soon to view sessions – they have all been recorded!
As you may have noticed, we have not been able to coordinate our podcasts for the last couple of weeks. Most of you reading these lines will know how busy all moderators have been, @ShellTerrell runing the Reform Symposium, @riberni running her weekly workshop for teachers and @Marisa_C preparing her talk for the Reform Symposium and also getting ready to act as moderator for the TESOL EVO 2011 VILLAGE course – a course training FL teachers in Second Life.
All this, over and above our normal workload!
We must let our #ELTchat followers know that @olafelch, our very own resident elk (!) has taken a long break from Twitter and so, we have been a little remiss in putting podcasts together as they take quite a bit of time to upload but we hope to be able to resume our podcast activity soon.
New Time for the early #ELTchat
Our team of moderators – @Marisa_C, @englishraven @riberni and @ShellTerrell – have agreed to change the early time slot from 15:00 p.m. GMT (London time) to 12:00 GMT (London time) as many of our friends in the Southern hemisphere have most times been unable to attend and most of our colleagues in Europe are still either at work or on the way back home from work.
The second #ELTchat of each Wednesday will still go on at 21:00 p.m. GMT.
So, What would you like to talk about on Wednesday?
Fired up with all these great discussions over the past week, I am hopeful you will come up with some great topics for discussion on the upcoming #ELTchats this coming Wednesday.
Please post a topic in the comments. We look forward to your suggestions and ideas for our next chats!
Post by Marisa Constantinides