I’ve got about a million things racing through my brain as I try and finish a paper that is due on Saturday. At least I think it’s due on Saturday, as none of the course documents make it too clear. (Have you read how I really don’t like the way this online course is presented?)
And if you haven’t already, please do me a favor and fill out this survey on professional development, as it would really help me out.
Anyway, as I’m trying to make the argument that a more informal, PLN-based (either online or in-person) model of professional development is perhaps as effective as it gets, I’m also part of the team that’s planning EdCampNYC, starting to kick off planning for next year’s TEDxNYED, and also trying to put together the technology professional development orientation sessions for my school during our all-too-soon orientation. (For what it’s worth, I’m going to try to plan at least one of our half-days in the unconference style.) I’m also looking at attending, in the coming weeks, PadCamp, 140edu (did you know that educators can attend for $1.40 — seriously, just register here now), and TSETC. Busy times…
What I’m worried about, at least regarding the two external conferences I’m involved in planning, is how we reach out to a potential new audience. I love the PD sessions that I attend, particularly the more unstructured ones, but they’re starting to feel like the same people are presenting and attending every one. Even ISTE felt that way, and that was HUGE. So how do you a reach a new audience?
Maybe it’s Twitter, with the hopes for retweeting seen by people you haven’t connected with. Or blog posts, Facebook postings, a Google+ post or hangout or huddle or whatever comes next in that space. But isn’t that just dipping into the same well of potential participants? By continuing to use the same online tools that you’ve been using to connect with this person, that person, or the other person you met at x, y, or z conference, aren’t you, in a way, preaching to the converted? I argued to the EdCampNYC organizers’ mailing list that maybe we shouldn’t use those same tools — but I didn’t really have the greatest of ideas about where to turn in their place.
I’m not being crankly becuase I’m sick of seeing the same people all the time — in fact, I love it. They’re the people that inspire me all the time, in whatever forum I interact with them in. Sometimes, even face to face! But there has to be a way to engage with those not already engaging.
How do you bring new faces, ideas, perspectives to your table?
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