The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

UPDATE: We have no IMMEDIATE need for more mentors to sign up, as the project is wrapping up and I've had lots of willing participants (thank you!). However, we do this every semester, so anyone can continue to sign up by clicking on the linked form in my initial post. We'd love to have you!


For the past 4 semesters, I have embarked on this project with my graduate preservice teachers enrolled in the course, Introduction to Educational Technology, on learning to get connected and to participate in many different ways with the wonderful and passionate educators all over the globe. Issues like trust and privacy are difficult for them to conquer, as their concept of such tools is largely clouded by the negative press that is continually sensationalized regarding virtual communication. So, in order to provide my students with (1) an authentic opportunity to learn and use Skype, and (2) connect with an educator and have a meaningful discussion about issues surrounding education today, this project continues to leave a significant impression on them. If you would like to partner with us and possibly have such a conversation with one (or two) of my students, we'd love to have you!

If you sign up, one of my students may contact you via email to negotiate a common time that works to have a conversation with you over Skype. As an education partner, your role will help with carrying and directing a conversation with one (or two) of my graduate students around themes of curriculum, pedagogy, equity, technology, and other related topics. No specified length is required; simply a conversation of substance and consequence. Let the conversation progress naturally and end it when it makes sense to do so. For many of my students, this is an entirely new and risky endeavor for them, so they may be nervous. However, this experience in the past has proven to be a very powerful and important one for them, so thank you for being willing to partner with us in this way. If you have any questions, you can tweet me @ransomtech or email me at ransomtech<at> Students may begin contacting you by the second week of April 2012 and their conversation needs to be completed by the end of April, 2012.

You can sign up here:

Views: 236

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I've completed the form and am happy to help, Some of your students may also be interested in attending our online Moodle Meets (1 week, asynchronous). My topic is next -- we're doing Smartboards and Notebook software (don't need a board to participate), but there are other interesting topics coming up as well. Here are several blog links:

Thanks so much, Sue!

I look forward to hearing from your students. I have filled out the information on google docs. If it does not go through let me know at captdan<at>

Talk to you soon.

Thanks, Dan. We have more volunteers than I have students. What a great problem to have ;-)

No worries I am available if you wish to make use of me. You did not have a section for nation on your firm I teach in Northern Alberta Canada. It sounds like a really great project. Good luck I look forward to hearing how you make out with the project.

Skype in School

Don't know if you have seen this but it's great for making connections!

Thanks, Sharon. I have a number of such resources. Glad to see that there are indeed more.

UPDATE: We have no IMMEDIATE need for more mentors to sign up, as the project is wrapping up and I've had lots of willing participants (thank you!). However, we do this every semester, so anyone can continue to sign up by clicking on the linked form in my initial post. We'd love to have you!

@Stephan -- I heard from a student of yours on the 17th and responded to her gmail address right away. I'm wondering if perhaps my email landed in her junk box. That sometimes happens and I would not want her to think I had ignored her request as I know it was probably time-sensitive. If she's just been busy and has not had time to check, no worries. But if my message was lost, pls. let her know I'd be happy to complete the Skype call at her convenience. I'm in Australia, but am happy to be available at a time that works for her. Thx.

Thanks, Sue. I just sent her an email to let her know.

Just spent a lovely hour chatting about teaching math in an inner city school with my 'partner'. Thanks for the experience. If any of your students would like to attend an online webinar in using Smartboards to differentiate instruction and work with special needs students, here's the link to the Elluminate room 5pm PDT (8om Eastern) on April 23.

Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience, Sue! This is what I love about this little project! I'll pass on the webinar info. to them.



Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Teresa Conley posted a blog post

Lack of Teacher and Principal Voice is the real problem with School Imrpovement

I recently completed a study on the beliefs of teachers and principals of their ability to impact student learning during school improvement. My study contained interviews of 13 principals and teachers from across the United States who have experienced school improvement at some level. I did this study because in my own district, at the time that I started this study, 31% of the schools in my district were still operating in failing status and this just didn't make sense to me. All schools in…See More
13 hours ago
Sandro Cuzzetto commented on Thomas Whitby's blog post Poor teachers: Who is to blame?
"This is fantastic. As a new Principal at a school, and one whose Master's thesis was based specifically on the difference between how adults and students use technology, this article speaks volumes to me. I love the idea of determining the…"
Jason Rukman commented on Jason Rukman's blog post Try out Itch. Scratch in a safe, online learning environment with video lessons for your students.
"Thanks Jalyn, Let me know if you're interested in a trial teacher account and I'll get you set up (You can also just try out the courses as well)!  "
David Chiles posted a status
"Principles of Netiquette Book Crowdfund Campaign via @gofundme"
Tracy Brady updated their profile
Nov 22
Natalie Marie Lopez updated their profile
Nov 20
Harry Zepeda posted a blog post

Do you have a spending problem?

Shopaholics do not agree to the fact that they are shopaholics until and unless they are forced to agree that they are affected by the addiction of shopping, and they need to do seriously something about it so that they do not waste their entire savings and cry about it on a later date. In this post, we will help you spot the problem and if you spot the issue, go ahead and look for a remedy so that you get enough time to be at ease in the future. 1.    Your credit card balance is always close…See More
Nov 20
Natalie Marie Lopez posted a blog post

Are there any great websites for K-12 students?

Hello Collective wisdom!I wanted to know if there were any great websites anyone can recommend for elementary school students (K-12) that introduce primary sources?With Common Core State Standards, I notice students are introduced to primary sources in the 3rd grade and there is a local history assignment at one of the schools I talked to.  Know any good introductory sites?  I'm currently building one as part of a project for my multimedia course and would like to look to the left and right for…See More
Nov 19

Awards And Nominations

© 2015   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service