My Personal Learning Network

In looking back on 2008, one of the most positive influences in my life has been establishing a PLN or Personal Learning Network.

My PLN is not just made up of colleagues or even former colleagues.  It is made up of educators from around the world, some of which I had the great pleasure of meeting in 2008 and some of which I certainly hope to meet in the future.

Without doubt the most valuable tool I have used for establishing my PLN has been Twitter.

Twitter has provided me with the opportunity to:

  • share and discover new resources (my Delicious links have gone through the roof, thanks to Twitter!)
  • ask for and offer assistance to colleagues about a range of ICT and education issues
  • have access to a never-ending amount of professional development (reading the blogs of other educators has been extremely worthwhile)
  • feel a deep sense of gratitude for my home, town I live in, school I work in and the wonderful people in my life
  • share lots of funny moments and even some heart-breaking ones
I compiled the slideshow below using One True Media which was passed onto me by the lovely Amanda Marrinan via Twitter.  (Of course!) If you are unable to view the movie via the player, please click here. Special thanks to Lisa Dumicich for the fabulous photo of Twitterers at the VITTA 2008 Conference. 🙂
Whilst it features photos of those in my PLN that I was fortunate enough to work with or meet in 2008, its purpose is to say thank you to everyone.  The amazing support that you have provided me is truly appreciated.  You are indeed my “Twitter Angels”!

7 Things You Don’t Need to Know About Me

Seven Things





In response to Jarrod Robinson’s challenge via Twitter, here are the “7 things you don’t need to know about me”. However, one of the following statements is completely untrue.  Which one is it? 😉

1.  I am the youngest of four sisters and our names all begin with ‘L’!

2.  At my first swimming lesson in primary school, the teacher made me jump into the deep end – then had to rescue me!

3.  I was put off alcohol at the age of 16 when I witnessed a friend throwing up into a gutter with her police officer father standing behind her.

4.  I love music and reached 8th grade level in piano and used to play the guitar, flute and saxophone.

5.  Although my family is originally from Malta, my parents grew up in Egypt.  My father came to Australia on a Super Constellation aircraft which was very ambitious for that time!

6.  After teaching for 5 years, I had a change of career and worked in the airline industry for 4 years.  This included working as a flight attendant with Ansett Australia.  (I couldn’t wait to return to teaching!)

7.  I once met Ian “Molly” Meldrum when working on a flight from Melbourne to Perth and spent most of the flight chatting with him about Egyptian Artefacts, something we both love.

Thanks @mrrobbo for challenging me – although I was reluctant at first, I really enjoyed the task!  Thank you for also reminding me that behind all of the amazing educators in my PLN, there are “real” people, each one with their own “story” that is usually untold!

It’s a difficult task to choose seven more people to challenge, so I’m asking each and every one of you to consider sharing “7 things you don’t need to know about me”!