Diving Deeply: Networks or Communities?

I’ve been thinking about where I’m finding my best support for my own learning these days. While I’ve been going to my Twitter network and saving links, resources, and graphics to help me plan a new technology integration course for teachers, I’ve found that it’s actually my community of inquiry within Powerful Learning Practice that has lead me to the deepest learning. I think I owe it to my learners to help them understand that while Twitter networks might lead them to incredible contacts and resources, our classroom community will be where they can get down and dirty with some really messy learning.

Sharing What We Know about Online Communities of Practice

Powerful Learning Practice is among a half-dozen “Notable” case-study communities currently featured at the Connected Educators project website.
One strategy of the USDOE-supported project is to produce in-depth interviews with leaders in the online community-of-practice world, and the site is currently featuring an informative Q&A with PLP leader and CEO Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.