Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Trying To Make Some Connections Locally

While my Professional Learning Network (PLN) has expanded rapidly over the past year and added more value professional growth than I ever could have imagined, I have bothered by the fact that I connect less than ever with other administrators in my own state (MA).  

With this in mind, I sent an e-mail yesterday to over 1,000 administrators in MA hoping to get them better connected to what is happening outside of their own school walls.  As I wonder what type of response I will receive, I am open to suggestions from others as to ways to engage my colleagues.  My feeling is that the summer is a great time for people to start trying some things that they feel they do not have time for during the school year.

While most of the responses thus far have been out of office replies, I will keep my fingers crossed that a few of my administrative colleagues will answer the invitation.

Anyway here is the e-mail I sent -

The Burlington High administrators will be spending the following Tuesday mornings exploring web 2.0 technology and social media tools. We would love to have others join us from 10:00-12:00 on the following days: 6/29, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17. We have started to implement some of these tools at BHS and we plan on expanding a great deal more in the upcoming school year

I cannot begin to explain the value that Twitter has added to my professional learning. Our first session will be dedicated to building a Professional Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter. Please feel free to contact me with questions you may have. I hope to hear from you and wish I could have made it to the Summer Institute to do a session there. Please let us know if you plan on coming by on one of the aforementioned dates.

Best wishes for a a great summer! 

Patrick Larkin
Principal, BHS

p.s. - Here a are a couple of links that highlight some of how we are using web 2.0 and social media at BHS:


  1. Terrific idea. . .there is a certain irony that some leaders can feel better connected to colleagues in different time zones then ones down the road.

  2. Patrick,
    Terrific idea, way to reach out and take the lead on this. What I love about your idea is that idea that learning is a collaborative, connected process. Why limit to only Massachusetts, perhaps think regionally?

  3. I love being connected to Twitter. I've gotten some great ideas from other FL teachers across the country and even out of the country. It's a great resource for teachers. Thank you, Twitter. Thank you, Mr. Larkin, for our workshop on Twitter earlier this year.

  4. Tony - Feel free to spread the word. I would love to have anyone come down and join us. The way I timed it, people could stay and do the 12-1 #edchat after our session.

  5. Are you thinking about HS admins only? Are MS and Elem invited?

  6. What a great idea! I have often thought that we do connect so well globally, but there is a lack locally. Interesting, huh?? I'll have to get my principal in contact with you!