Inspired by the success of #edchat, ConnectedPD is experimenting with hosting real time dialogues once a month in Twitter called First Friday – on the first Friday of each month, at noon EST. Today, their favorite "Hashtag Queen," (that's me!) is a guest along with Letha Goger, @OERlibrarian from ISKME.org. Check the events tab here on their blog for details on how to participate.
Connected PD is a new community-sourced Professional Development blog curated by the NROC team behind Hippocampus.org. Studio Connect is the online practice and design collaboratory for the Connected PD project to support educators and administrators in developing and implementing Next Practices in Learning and Teaching.
At the center of Studio Connect is Next Practices in Learning and Teaching--the focus of Curating, Scaffolding and Mentoring. Studio Connect is distributed across the Connected PD blog http://connectedpd.posterous.
com, the Connected PD group in Linked In, Twitter, Google+, Webinars (currently in Elluminate) and Facebook. In the future, other Studio Connect locations might include videoconferencing platforms, "virtual worlds" like Second Life and OpenSim, or online communities utilizing platforms like Ning. We welcome your suggestions for additional platforms and tools you'd like to see included.
The Connected PD blog features and explores emerging Next Practices. They're curating relevant content on Next Practices from the wider Open Education Resources (OER), Digital Media Learning (DML), Online Education and 21st Century Learning Design communities. We feature occasional interviews with Next Practices exemplars as one form of scaffolding and mentoring.You’ll find the archive here (link launches the Elluminate session) of the first Connected PD Webinar on the NROC Network website. http://www.nrocnetwork.org
The Connected PD Linked In group hosts conversation about Next Practices and is used to collaborate on projects. Members can share current projects, expertise, or burning issues.