Link to the livestream.

Some notes folks took during the session:

This space will be for us to take some notes in as we talk and think together. Feel free to add text. Feel free to fiddle with someone else's if it makes sense to.

Below is today's writing prompt. During the session, we'll do this after we've done some thinking together, and I've done a bit of show and tell myself. After we write, we'll talk about our writing and thinking on show and tell and purposeful transparency.

If you've never used Etherpad before - well, there's not much to it. Pick a blank space on the page and start writing. You'll see your contributions at the same time as others appear as they are written. It's pretty neat.

Today's Writing Prompt: Wherever you're comfortable (the Etherpad would be awesome), jot down your thoughts on one or more of the following questions:

  • Who is in your circle? Your network?
  • Who's listening in?
  • What's worth talking about? What's worth sharing?
  • How are you purposefully modeling learning in your work?
  • How are you being purposeful about the behaviors and habits you model?
  • What "productive eavesdropping" are you engaged in, or helping to foster?

As I'm watching folks write about these questions, I'm thinking lots about my process today. I wonder if this was too much front loading. Perhaps not - I really wanted to frame the conversation in a specifc direction. Now it's the group's turn to take it where they want to go.

Modelling use of networks in the classroom is important to our young learners. We need to be able to demonstrate posiitve use of our connections, and also be seen to be using them. Younger and younger children are using social networks. Who are they learning from if it is not explicitly addressed in school? Big brother or sister? Round a friend's house? We should take the lead and be part of that.

I think modeling is really the way that we teach - we share who we are through how we conduct ourselves. That's true online and offline. Always. Classroom or not classroom.

Purposefully modeling by only sharing information that I feel I have expertise in which also leads to not sharing information that I only have an opinion about..

And the lessons worth sharing through our modeling are bigger than today, tomorrow, or yesterday - they're about how we should look after each other as people, and how we can be useful citizens, and what we can do to help other people.

I believe that I am not modeling the uses of my network that I actually use my network for. I model the link dump quite often by connecting my delicious feed to twitter. What I actually want is conversation about those resources. I model the connection of all spaces, when I actually only want to connect with an individual. I model the information overload that I actually seek to stop it. This is not okay.

Mostly, it is not okay because I am not being a good steward of my network. I am not "being the change" in the way that so many of us talk about doing it. This is not okay.

If I am a node of my network and if I am responsible for the connecting of other nodes to myself, and the further facilitation of the other nodes that need to be connected. I must make the effort to establish connections that are not based upon what I think will happen in the future. I need to stop making those connections based upon how it is that I want the conversation to occur after my link dump happens or after my thought travels through the tubes I have created for it. It is simply not okay that I have created a network that I don't want to be a part of sometimes. I am what is wrong with my network. Maybe you are what is *possible* & not yet fulfilled.

The connections I have made are too important to squander them. They are too valuable to waste on what doesn't matter. For those people who want to connect to my delicious, let them do that there. For those who want to follow my questions and conversations, let them do that on my blog and through twitter.

My network has been hijacked by advertising for things that don't give life to my network. They may lead to the ReTweet, but they certainly don't lead to a novel idea that will change my practice. Knowing that more things exist doesn't make my network better. Knowing who people are and why they are passionate and what kinds of questions they are answering... that is what leads to a better network. I am my network and my network is me. cool ending here.. i don't get the hijacked part

What really strikes me is Bud's concept of serendipity. Serendipity is often a function of the connections, the eavesdropping, and the discovery of content and connections that weren't there before. I think a good test of whether I am being purposeful about what and when I'm sharing is when the serendipity happens - someone re-Tweets something, someone comments on something, and a conversation starts where I had absolutely no intention of starting a conversation (and maHybe that betrays that I'm not being purposeful :) Having more purpose would involve taking a look at my networks and purposely building those, and being more conscientious about what kind of content I contribute to those networks. One way to look at modeling is to actually ask how others in my network see my interactions - what are they seeing that I'm not? And, once I have that awareness, how can I change that - enhance it, modify it, stop it? It can be hard to model if others aren't listening- I'm thinking in terms of my building.... they don't know what I 'feed' to myself, and give me blank looks when I talk about Twitter, and what I'm learning there.

I have multiple circles, some are transient, others are not. Some I choose (TIE, ISTE), others I don't. faculty (LS and MS) techies, they are networked together. I use a few digital tools for networking, email, wikis, Google Docs, especially with my remote circles. I tend to network around tools and processes. I find the circles I choose to be in the most powerful because we are invested and political gobbldigoop doesn't get in the way. I try to model inclusivity, valuing growth no matter where a person starts, risk-taking growth.
My networks don't always get facilitated via technology/web. Sometimes we use the old technology to do new things in new ways-- collaborate, for ex.

Is just lurking being selfish? do people give back in a fashion that they are receiving? I don't think everybody needs to talk and share at the same time. If I have just a few minutes to spend on Twitter, I lurk. No need to start something I can't finish.I think you devalue your own knowledge and ability to contribute when you just lurk. Each person has a unique voice, and it's important for others to be able to hear what you have to share. (But sometimes, lurking IS listening - and it's the right community behavior. I agree - lurking is actually an important component of a network - without lurkers, there wouldn't be eavesdropping :) And what do eavesdroppers bring to the conversation? I am a lurker and I eavesdrop more often than sharing my passions or adding to the conversation. I prefer Learner rather than lurker.
I think the reason for lurking enters into the purpose. Sometimes I lurk and don't share because of a lack of confidence and other times, I just don't feel like passing it back but on the other hand, I might pass it on to someone else.
I sometimes find myself lurking online, but sharing what I learn with the colleagues that I work with face-to-face.
Couldn't you say that sometimes the lurking phase is about processing something that you don't know how/where to share yet? So eavesdroppers are processors or processing information? How many take the eavesdropping processing and synthesize and contribute/add to the discussion?
Lurking I think implies all taking and not giving, but I don't think this is the case most of the time. As a lurker, I will often jump in when something strikes me - I become the serendipity part of the conversation.
finding out that I am NORMAL about lurking, commenting, thinking about what I read. sharing with others.

Sometimes I need to lurk and then think for a long time. Is that lurking or percolating? I like percolating! Nice metaphor!Tx. I try to remember that with my students too-- a very quiet daughter taught me that there are many many ways to "participate."
Percolating is a *great* word, but it implies that you do at some point participate in the process. Taking a while to think is perfectly natural. In fact, I think I just read an article in EL about giving students more time to think before asking them to respond/answer a question.

Lurking is fine. We all like to stand and watch others diving into the river sometimes. Some of us will arrive with our trunks under our clothes - all set to jump straight in, others will take more time to find the point where they want to dip their toe.

My circle in large part is made up of those people that I connect with on Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. I try to be purposeful, but the asynchronous nature of many social networks leaves me feeling disconnected. I often feel that I don't go full circle in those conversations. Fragmentation is a real issue. But the times that I have connected have been awesome.

I think I lurk because I see so many other people doing so many terrific things that I feel that I am so far behind that I can add to the blogosphere and other arenas. I have to wrap my mind around all of it before what I can add makes a difference. I enjoy several arenas, lurking takes up my time that I haven't found a productive way to contribute but I will. so thanks to everyone who allows their work to be used under creative commons and public domain.this is the first i've seen on here that isn't a good reason to lurk.. if you think everything you say has to make a difference... 1) you might never speak 2) you're robbing the flow of perhaps a brilliantly orchestrated conversation where your input is needed. i think lurking is fine when it's referring to listening... trying to figure things out... but please don't hold off for perfection.. we need you.

There is no way we can do our work without having a strong network.How do we move this idea of networking to our students. Does our education system promote the use of networking?we have to do it first, well, we don't, but we should. our ed system as is doesn't promote it.. but teachers should be authentic modeling.

What's interesting to me is that my learning network is not made up of people that I see everyday, but people that I have made connections and learn from afar, through twitter and facebook and alike. (I'm not getting what I need from Facebook, by the way- it has become more of a social place for me, instead of a learning network- which is ok too, I guess) Ditto. Makes me think I should be a bit more purposeful in cultivating local relationships, not just relying on my online PLN. What is fun for me too, is how my family is saying things like "I never knew you thought that, you liked that, you saw that, you did that". I feel that I'm closer to them too. Local relationships are the icing on the cake.
I feel like I'm missing the local relationships - I left teaching to go back to school, and I really miss the long conversations with my colleagues about what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.

What's worth sharing are actions we can take to transform. Some of the ranting kinds of disocurse don't help to move us. It may be helpful to the process or maybe putting it our there could provide a base. But a better use of the space would be to help suface actions to transform..

The interesting thing about modeling learning is that it was part of the instructional philosophy of my youth movement, which trained us from a young age to be a "personal example" of whatever behaviors and beliefs you expect from others. So there is no way to be hypocritical about what we expect from our students and our peers if we ourselves are displaying the traits and attitudes that we expect from them in return. If we want them to be curious, independent and passionate learners, then they deserve to see the same from us. Right? Right. Totally agree. absolutely, well said.

I hate to say it, but sometimes I hesitate to share for fear of sounding really stupid. Not Happens alot, but without doing that, you might not open yourself up for learning! I think if the community embraced all learners/lurkers we'd feel less intimidated and likely share/contribute to the conversation. Since we are not being followed by the contributors and all we can do is follow, it's easy to continue lurking! Taking part in the participatory culture, takes understanding how that culture operates... and if we are "excluded" from that culture, how then can we participate effectively and not feel sub to the "upper participants" and as a result, resort to lurking?

You hate to say it? How many students feel the exact same way? It's human nature to not want to be embarrassed, but when we're in a community of people who collectively understand that, good things happen as people cope with that fear and overcome it. (Oh sure, now I see the "not!")

My circle consists of my co-workers that share many of the same responsibilities I have for helping to move teachers forward with 21st century learning. Of this group, I am the only one who participates in an extended PLN- via Twitter and Ning sites. I constantly send them links and where I find them hoping to get them engaged in the PLN. I also have a cadre of teachers I am working with who I am also trying to engage. It seems like paddling upstream most of the time – and I am not sure why. I think it is hard to describe the level of learning that happens here. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink....unfortunately! it is hard to describe the benefits of a pln... they need to see a change in you... the benefits in action.. then they'll want some water...

Guess I will start here. So many ideas and so much to say, not sure I can get it all down on paper. What a fabulous venue for sharing! EtherPad!

Funny how much of my learning network is far away from me. As a singleton in my building--and in very large school...have friends in departments but our concerns may not be the same. I am a bit more geek obsessed than most of my colleagues ;)

Most of my at work network though relies on me to bring the network to them, interestingly.

Twitter was the most integral piece for me. Started with blogging but twitter allowed me to meet and interact with bloggers I admired.

I try to model connectivity and conversations. I try to bring people together that share common interests or passions, I want the conversations to grow and extend beyond the immediate now of it all. My goals would be to connect in open transparent ways, but with purpose. Everything I do I open up to be borrowed, adapted, modified and used by others. I do that so that I can model the power of crowdsourcing, collaboration and authentic writing. I also try to model sharing with propose, sharing links, articles, sites and more is tremendous, but if done poorly, can ostricize your audience. I am no expert and I am always learning so I encourage the sharing to come from many different angles and perspectives.

HOMEWORK LINKS -- send an email to yourself to be sent to you on a future date. Graet way for kids to set goals and check in on themselves; or for teachers remember what they are to focus on in a staff development/conference session.