Professional Learning Networks are all the rage with … um … people that are part of professional learning networks (PLN’s). Why?
So Monday I’m attempting a “Pre – Skype” – Skype with Maryjo Chmielewski’s class in Wisconsin to make sure that our Skype conference the next day will go off smoothly … (BTW, I advise doing that, things always go better) … and everything works EXCEPT they can’t hear us. I advise (using the chat feature) the librarian there to restart her computer (Skype can be a hog, especially if you have been doing a lot since the last restart – I ALWAYS restart my computer before an important Skype connection) and she doesn’t seem enthusiastic about doing that, so I note that Allanah King happens to be on Skype nearby (halfway around the world in New Zealand) and so I send her a chat asking if she can Skype me for just a minute (I don’t want to interrupt her teaching … much) so I can verify the audio problem isn’t on my side of the Skype. 10 minutes later our Skype bell starts ringing … AND ITS ALLANAH! We talk for 29 seconds (per the Skype timer) and confirm that the problem isn’t mine … well and say hi and all (Kiwi’s are so cool!), and we sign off (we don’t want to be a burden).
So my friends in my PLN come to my aid once again … and the librarian hooked up a laptop instead (I suspect the desktop she was using first didn’t have a mic or it wasn’t selected or something), and the Skype the next day went flawlessly and reminded me again why we do things like that (another story).
I love my PLN!
Learning is messy!