#globalclassroom Chat – Building a Virtual PLN: What, Why, How?

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               Virtual PLN connections coming together in person! Hosted by @globaledcon and @VIFLearn, the Global Educators Brunch at #ISTE2015 brought together (for the first time ever) many of the #globalclassroom project leaders and organisers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Connecting. Collaborating. Professional growth. Constant learning. New ideas. A network of like-minded, online educators who enable all of the above while inspiring, encouraging, and supporting each other in this ever-changing field of education. These are just some of the words and phrases that come to mind when one thinks of a virtual Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Here at The Global Classroom Project and VIF, we have all seen the value in starting and building strong PLNs. We have connected with each other from far across the globe, shared wonderful ideas, collaborated on projects, and brought classrooms of students together that otherwise may not have had the opportunity to meet and learn from one another. We have reaped the benefits and we know that many of you have as well!

In honor of these benefits and of PLNs everywhere, this month’s chat is dedicated to exploring all of the ins and outs – the how and the why, challenges and successes, and recommendations about some additions we might all want to add to our networks.

Check out the questions and the chat times below. We hope you will add at least one of these to your Saturday calendar so you can share your experience and expertise with the rest of us!


Q1: Let’s start from the beginning! Why did you start building a virtual PLN? How has having a PLN impacted your work as an educator? #globalclassroom

Q2: How did you go about starting and building up your virtual PLN? #globalclassroom

Q3: What challenges have you (or colleagues) faced when building & growing your virtual PLN? Did you overcome them? How? #globalclassroom

Q4: Let’s wrap up with recommendations! What tools or people have influenced the development of your PLN? Why?  #globalclassroom


Based on past experience with the #globalclassroom chats, we are trialling an adjusted chat timetable, with two (rather than three) chats typically starting on the second or third Saturday of the month. The sharing and learning that comes from these discussions enriches our practice and the learning experiences of our students. We hope that you will join us!

Check below for the time that best fits with your zone:

Chat 1 ~ Saturday, August 22, 2015

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 6:00 North Carolina, 11:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 20:00 Sydney, 22:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2: Saturday, August 22, 2015

23:00 UTC (Americas/Asia/Australia).

  • Saturday night USA – 16:00 Los Angeles, 19:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – – 07:00 Perth, 9:00 Sydney, 11:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

We hope to see you online this weekend. Use #globalclassroom and join in on the conversation!


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