Technology currently allows us wonderful opportunities to connect with experts and like-minded colleagues from around the world when we build online PLCs (professional learning communities). Recently, I had the chance to merge my digital practice with face-to-face engagement when I was invited to attend From the ground up, the School Library Association of New Zealand (SLANZA) 2015 conference. This was a great conference providing much traditional learning through keynote lectures and workshops. However, even more powerful learning and social dynamics occurred through integrated networking in which those we met in person, conversed with us and shared ideas, experiences and resources via Twitter and Instagram during lectures and workshops and in the hours beyond the program.
These connections with new friends and colleagues have continued since the close of conference and will do so into the future benefiting the school communities we serve in both Australia and New Zealand.
My summary of the learning I experienced can be viewed in the Storify that follows. This Storify also exemplifies an online PLC in action.
OpenClipartVectors, Continent Map Oceania Australia New Zealand, CC0 Public Domain