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My Digital Footprint

John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Professional Communities

EdTechTalk - Collaborative Open Webcasting Community (free)
The original online, free learning community, EdTechTalk is a community of educators interested in discussing and learning about the uses of educational technology.  Participate via webcast or podcast. Leaders, teachers and parents.

EdNA - Australia's free online network for educators (Aus)
Education news, events and resources are all available here.  Construct a personal portfolio that links to your blog.  Share, discover, learn.

DEECD Virtual Conference Centre (Aus) (free)
Dept of Education Victoria - Elluminate portal for professional learning within the Victorian teacher network. Some sessions invitation only.

Edutopia (free)
The George Lucas Education Foundation is passionate about quality education.  They support their mission with videos, discussion, research and evidence of best practice.

Learn Central (free)
Sponsored by Elluminate.  Host your own webinar or participate in one presented by a wide range of education professionals.  International focus. 

Edublogs Awards
Start reading the blogs of other educators.  The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2004 that aims to highlight the online presence of educators. Invididuals and groups may be nominated to any of the 23 categories to be voted on by other professionals. Nominations and voting for the Edublog Awards occur in November and December. A good perusal of the resources on this site is guaranteed to reveal something suitable for your personal learning network.  Link to it via your RSS reader.

Powerful Learning Practice (USA) ($)
Professional development within your own school community under the guidance of founders Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson

Classroom 2.0 LIVE (free)
Elluminate sessions connecting educators worldwide for professional learning.  Participate live via chat or access podcast.

Collections of teacher Twitter identities arranged by subject.  This is a good start when building your Personal Learning Network on Twitter.

Keeping in Touch
Another list of resources on this site that will help you build your personal learning network.

Library and some Subject Associations

  • AASL - American Association of School Librarians (US)
  • ACCE - Aust Council for Computers in Education (Aus)
  • ACEL - Aust Council for Educational Leaders (Aus)
  • ACER Aust Council for Education Research (Aus)
  • ALA - American Library Assoc (US)
  • ALIA - Australian Library & Information Assoc (Aus)
  • ASLA - Australian School Library Assoc (Aus)
  • ATLC - Assoc for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada (Can)
  • CILIP - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK)
  • CPTAV Council of Professional Teaching Assoc of Vic (Aus)
  • CSLA - Canadian School Library Assoc (Can)
  • IASL International Association of School Libraries (Int)
  • IFLA International Federation of Library Assoc & Institutes (Int)
  • IRA International Reading Association (Int)
  • NMSA - National Middle School Association (US)
  • SASLA South Australian School Library Assoc (Aus)
  • SLA (UK) School Library Association - United Kingdom (UK)
  • SLAQ School Library Association of Queensland (Aus)
  • SLAV School Library Assoc of Victoria (Aus)
  • WASLA Western Australian School Library Assoc (Aus)