professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Friends and Facebook: A Powerful Combination

Last night, Kylene Beers invited me to join her for dinner with Donalyn Miller who was in town for some school visits. We talked, snacked, and feasted on a lovely meal. After dinner we continued the discussion about our passion: supporting lifelong readers. At one point, the conversation turned to reading logs. Truth be told, all of us were probably guilty of using logs at some point in our teaching career. I know I did in the 70s until I finally realized that they really did nothing to help kids become more passionate about books and reading. So, Kylene proposed we go LIVE on Facebook and do a short chat about book logs and our new thinking.

After we completed the recording, we sat and watched as hundreds of folks watch either the live feed or the sharing posts that came after. Apparently, we have touched a topic that was timely, and one that teachers wanted to hear more about. As of this morning, the hundreds had climbed to the thousands.

This is the power of social media. We have the chance to broadcast, record, blog, tweet, etc. and join in a conversation with colleagues all over the country (and the world in some cases). Short, sweet, to the point, relaxed, conversational: maybe this is what the PD of the future needs to be?

You can view the video here:

So, we wonder, what other topics might be of interest? Things we could talk about in a short burst?
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