This morning, I got up, made my coffee, and sat down at the computer to see what had happened while I was asleep. On Twitter, I saw a message from Christopher Wilson:
Personal Learning Network
This post was originally published on Marsia Constantinides — TEFL Matters on August 10, 2012. I support the ELTchat project, and am very proud of my brief stint as a moderator for the group, so I am sharing the post here. It’s sad when something like this happens.
For the last – well, almost two years now, since September 15 2010, #ELTchat has kept us on our toes and forged hundreds of professional and personal relationships amongst its followers who turn up on Twitter every Wednesday to talk about topics they have suggested and voted on – a community of peers which was created by a small group of colleagues – which grew and grew some more and became something that counts as an important part of our continuous professional development.
Like many great ideas, it didn’t hit just one person but several.
And that is how #ELTchat was created.
The website to keep up the communication of its members, a base and repository of our ideas was one of the first things we all thought of creating – the wiki came later.
Andy Chaplin was keen to join the moderation team and help with podcasts and technical stuff; he was quick to buy eltchat.com and announced the good news to us after the fact.
A few months later, right after TESOL France 2011, he suddenly disappeared – some say for reasons of health.
We never found out for sure.
We never received a single word of response to our emails.
eltchat.com was and still is registered in his name.
And yesterday we lost it
On August 8 the domain expired and we have no way of taking over unless it goes up for sale again; it was very sad that Andy Chaplin did not find it appropriate to renew.
The news is really upsetting.
The work we have put in on this website cannot be told in a few simple words – but it has been a labour of love and we have got so much out of it that we have never regretted one single moment
We are pretty upset at the behaviour of this individual – disappointment is one big understatement.
But we trust that our community of #ELTchatters, our PLN for short, will again gather round the new domain which we have purchased – eltchat.org
It will take us a few days to put the website back on its feet
And all will be as it was before – all the posts in place all your thoughts and comments, all the polls and great summaries which got us on the shortlist of the ELTon Awards nominations
We will be back with a vengeance
We are not just a website – we did not get on the ELTon awards shortlist as just another website!!!
We are a great community of teachers and we have a Plan B!
See you all in September!!!
Marisa Constantinides – Shaun Wilden
Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
P.S. We would greatly appreciate it if any of you belonging to this great community of teachers, teacher educators, bloggers, #ELTchat followers, reposted this on your blog
If you decide to do this, please add your name to the post under ours.
A good friend (and a great teacher) e-mailed me after my last post. “Great links,” she said. “But what’s a PLN?”
A good reminder about why I try to avoid acronyms and jargon in my writing.
PLN is an acronym for Personal Learning Network. The acronym is relatively new, but the idea is not. Teachers have always had learning networks—people we learn from and share with. Teachers are information junkies. We’re also social. Put the two together and you have a personal learning network. (more…)
I’m here to tell you about how a simple acronym – EVO – changed my life and was a true turning point in my professional development. When I joined the Electronic Village Online for the first time to take the online session Becoming a Webhead (BaW), I had the feeling it was special in the sense of learning something new, understanding more about this online world, and connecting to like-minded educators for a period of time. Never could I imagine that the Electronic Village Online would be way more than my initial expectation. The Electronic Village Online was a new beginning of renovated passion for my profession as an educator, of lifelong learning and the joy of being always connected. It was not about a definite time, it was about constant feeding and improvement in who I was as an educator and person. (more…)
One of the greatest advantages of belonging to online networks is that you have daily access to people who are talented, smart, creative, and (most importantly) generous about sharing those abilities. Events like the Edublog Awards are lovely affirmation of my belief that we really are better when we work together. (more…)
Toward the end of May, I published a post highlighting guest posts readers might have missed in March, April, and May. I received a number of messages thanking me for the summaries, so I’m going to write another. Since the end of May there have been quite a few posts, mostly by guest authors, so it’s easy to imagine that one or two might have slipped through the cracks!
I’ve always believed in the power of people to be able to come together to create something much bigger than any one of them individually. Here is a story about a bunch of teachers (myself and Barbara included) who are coming together to create something new called The International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). (more…)
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. (more…)
It has been a rough couple of months. With teaching, writing, and travel, and a few natural and man-made disasters, I’ve done a poor job keeping up this blog, a worse job of reading other people’s blogs, and an embarrassingly dreadful job of commenting on blogs (to let people know that I actually did read their posts). I’m home this month and enjoying getting caught up a bit. My Villagers page of guest authors is finally up to date! (more…)