Web 2.0 Watch: Webinars, PLNs, and Twitter

| June 7, 2010

Here are some ways in which the internet can help you refine what you are learning in the Teachers College classroom and/or experiencing in your own teaching through discussion with other educators. Get great new ideas and share your own!

Consider taking a free SoundTree Webinar to enhance your professional development. Upcoming webinars and their times and topics are as follows:

Keep an eye out for news about the upcoming Music Professional Learning Network (#mpln)! In the words of Dr. Joseph Pisano, one of the headliners behind the network:

There has been little attempt to provide a large enough platform that would integrate many of these things together in a way that still allows all of the others to exist, be independent, and yet provide a home-base of activity for Music Educators actively using the WEB 2.0 platform and applications.  This is my ultimate goal for this PLN, not the “taking” over of other great start-ups and ideas, but rather a platform for bringing them all together and building them all through better awareness and concentrated discussions.

While the MPLN is still in alpha, it will be open to the public in July 2010. News about its progress will be posted here and hopefully it can eventually become part of your professional development arsenal.

Consider joining Twitter to not only follow the TC Music & Music Education Twitter but also participate in #musedchat, a weekly online Twitter chat for music educators. Previous topics have included things like assessment, choosing repertoire, technology in the classroom, music advocacy, etc. and more. Click the above link for more information and how to participate! See sample tweets here. New to Twitter? Follow this list of influential and active music education tweeters!