Over the past four to five weeks I have been marvelling at the growth of the facebook page - NZ Teachers (Primary )
From humble beginnings by one teacher in Auckland in January to 3826 members today sharing, connecting, networking, discussing all things education.
This got me wondering...
- why has there been such exponential growth of members over such an incredibly short period of time?
- why such open sharing and questioning?
- why are so many educators connecting here as opposed to Twitter, Pond, vln? Or are they in many spaces?
Is it because of the ease and familiarity of facebook?
Is it the rapid response with so many members?
This rapid growth of members connecting and sharing is akin to the phenomenal growth from Danielle Myburgh's dream #edchatnz.
Taking my wonderings into my personal and professional roles, I am aware of the need to meet learners wherever they are. We must be mindful of supporting learners, and ensuring opportunities are made to meet, share, learn and connect within familiar networks and online spaces.
The share volume of sharing in the facebook page could well be cross posted to literacy spaces within the vln, and shared via twitter.
The challenge is knowing who is out there, who is sharing, and in which spaces.
What are your preferred online networking spaces and why???