I’m always impressed with the ways teachers exploit the power of social media to share and collaborate. These three series of interviews are great examples of very different but equally wonderful ways of sharing.
Darren Elliott began his video interviews in October of 2009. His approach was simple—Darren contacted speakers and asked if they’d be willing to be interviewed at an upcoming conference. Most said yes, and his archive of video interviews is a rich resource of ELT-related interviews (now also downloadable as podcasts). Social media is an equalizer, making it easy to contact people you may not otherwise have access to.
Click here to go to to the Lives of Teachers Video Interview Index.
Networks like Twitter and Facebook give us access to international news at a personal level. Larry Ferlazzo is connected to a LOT of teachers around the world, some of them teaching in places we see on the nightly news. He started a series of interviews with teachers in hot spots around the world. I’ve really enjoyed reading about current events from a teacher’s perspective.
Click here to go to Larry Ferlazzo’s list of interviews with teachers in Hot Spots around the world.
Brad Patterson and several online friends met face to face at the recent IATEFL conference. After a bit of late night banter on Twitter, Brad issued a blog challenge for teachers to interview other teachers in their PLN (personal learning network). These interviews have been great fun to read, and are a way to make our networks feel truly personal. Although it started with teachers who met in Brighton, the challenge is open and ongoing. The interviews are spread over several different blogs, but I’m being lazy and using Brad’s blog as a launching point, since he has been kind enough to list all of the posts in one place.
After you’ve enjoyed reading these, think about who you might like to interview, and go ahead and ask! If you do interview another teacher, be sure to send Brad a link to it so he can add your interview to his list.
Click here to go to Brad’s blog, with its list of PLN interviews.
Have you found other interview series that show teachers making great use of their networks? How about other similar collaborative projects? Please share them in comments so we can all enjoy!
P.S. If you’re not sure what a personal learning network is, you might enjoy What is a PLN, anyway?