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Engaging with our Professional Learning Community across the Tasman


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.

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Image Attribution

OpenClipartVectors, Continent Map Oceania Australia New Zealand, CC0 Public Domain



As the Curriculum Leader of the Mt Alvernia iCentre, my key areas of interest are: Teaching and Learning The information landscape Digital Literacy Digital citizenship Literature Reading

One thought on “Engaging with our Professional Learning Community across the Tasman

  1. Thanks for sharing, Helen. This conference looks like it was very worthwhile. Possibly one to attend in the future.

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