I was asked a number of months ago why I chose to title my blog Learning Connections. The name actually comes from a Wiki that I created a couple of years ago that was intended to be a collection of web-based resources I could access anywhere. There have been too many times I have placed files on USB sticks and then misplaced the stick. Papers too numerous to count that I had scribbled an interesting website on, and then left in my trousers where they were doomed to end up scattered pieces of paper in my washing machine. So, out of this was born the idea of a Wiki where I could centralize all my resources.
Wanting to go beyond collecting the resources within my reach, I wanted to open it up to colleagues as I recognized that fellow teachers from around the world brought their own toolkit of learning sites. Whether from Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the US, I had the opportunity to network with my colleagues and discovered cutting edge educators, new approaches to pedagogy and a wealth of interesting learning resources for students and teachers alike.
The LearningConnections Wiki has been excellent for me as I returned to Canada and rather than hauling files of resources home, I have them a few clicks away.
In approaching my blog, I wanted to follow a similar philosophy. As we know, with networking, social media or otherwise, connecting to new ideas and people is the lifeblood of moving forward with our own thoughts. I have been fortunate to connect with a number of outstanding educators who have influenced my thinking and enhanced my teaching through the sharing of their resources. What I hope to do therefore, is share my ideas and connect people who read this blog to the ideas of others.