Initially I think of the internet as a huge mass of content – information to be sorted through to determine the good from the bad, the useful and the useless. I never really thought of it as a mass of connections. Could it be that communication – connecting with others is so obvious that I have overlooked it? It only takes a short internet outage or forgetting to bring my phone when I leave the house to get that naked feeling. I am out of touch, I am not connected. How can this be? How do I get it back? It is impossible to imagine getting through my work day without sending emails, google chat messages, connecting with my students by sending files back and forth, posting Instagram pictures to give parents a window into my classroom to see their children grow and learn. Would I be able to survive being overseas without Skype, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, etc to keep me connected with with the people that I care about at home and across the planet. I think not.
My Professional Learning Network – admittedly mostly face to face right now is a work in progress. I have difficulty making the time for my Twitter feed, Google+ is a mystery to me and I have no favorite blogs that I follow. It seems that My COETAIL learning journey is going to kick start my online PLN into high gear and I look forward to growing professionally as my network expands.
The internet is a mass of content. It is delivered by people connecting to other people and for me it is more about being a mass of connections than a a mass of content.