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Jan 19

Project APLaNet Kicked Off In Barcelona

me, right before a seagull pooped on me:-)

I was in Barcelona last weekend. Apart from having been robbed and as a result of some serious misguidance of the Turkish embassy, having been detained for two hours at the Istanbul airport, it was a fantastic trip.

Project aPLaNet

What I’d like to tell you about is the meeting we had there. It was the kick-off meeting of the Project aPLaNet (Autonomous ‘Personal Learning Networks’ for Language Teachers) which is funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to enable the language teachers to use online social networks effectively and help them build their Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). It is a two-year project. During the project’s life, we aim to answer these three questions:

  • What is a PLN?
  • What is the added value and meaning of a PLN?
  • How to introduce a new teacher to a PLN to become a full autonomous member?

By the end of two years, we aim to produce detailed guidelines, a comprehensive set of resources including a teacher methodology guide and build a sustainable system which will come alive within the project’s own online social network. The effectiveness and validity of all these resources will have been tested via an extensive piloting system which also involves a systematic process of mentors and mentees (experienced PLN members and newbies) working together.

The nature of the PLNs makes the project highly collaborative and aPLaNet has 140 Associate Partners from 33 different countries who will be contributing to the project by mentoring newbies and piloting the resources. It was memorable to have a webinar with 23 of the Associate Partners on WizIQ on the second day of the meeting.

Click here to download the recording of the webinar.

Before going to the meeting…

I was a bit nervous since I haven’t taken part in an EU project as a coordinator before. After meeting the partners, I can’t tell you how relieved I was. It was such a vibrant group of people. Meeting these great people have made the project much more real and meaningful for me. It was also very nice to find out that each group member had a unique sense of humour and this made our days and nights so much fun.

Graham, me, Dasa and Selcen

Highlights Of The Meeting

Here are some highlights that will put a smile on the faces of the team members:

Graham – “I’ve never talked to a Ning before.”

Joel’s garlic laugh (or was it pineapple?)

Dasa  – “Everything is perfect”…and her fantastic laugh.

Monica’s brilliant start to Twittering.

Marisa’s flamenco show.

David’s calming presence.

Selcen’s inability to tell a lie in the “two truths and a lie” game.

Nina’s gentle and modest attitude…and her husband’s being a sculptor.

Shelly’s sweet laughter and her ability to run webinars anytime anywhere.

I’m also very happy to have met some other PLN members like Paul, Kyle and Jamie.

Follow aPLaNet

Our next meeting is in June in Athens. Until then, we all will be doing some background work. You will hear from us very soon! Stay tuned:-)

Click here to join the aPLaNet Facebook Group.

Follow the aPLaNet partners on Twitter:

David: davidjwilson1

Monica: M_Vlad

Marisa: Marisa_C

Nina: ntsvetkova

Dasa: LanguagePELIKAN

Shelly: ShellTerrell

Graham: grahamstanley

Joel: acerview54

Burcu: burcuakyol

Selcen: selcensecil

Finally, I’d like to thank Joel Josephson for bringing us together and Graham Stanley for being a great host!

Looking forward to meeting the aPLaNet team in Athens!

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  1. Alex Iglesias

    Hi, Burcu.

    Seems a great project to start off in such a beautiful city as Barcelona.

    So sorry you had to go through so much trouble. Crime is one of the black spots of our city, and it causes me real frustration to witness how the authorities seem to be unable to put an end to it.

    Great post and great project!

    Regards.

    Alex

  2. Ann Foreman

    Hi Burcu,

    Just posted about the aPlaNet kick off and a link to this post on our TeachingEnglish facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil Would be great if you could keep our readers updated as the project unfolds. Also feel free to post there directly any new posts on your blog – would love you to share them with us.

    Thanks,

    Ann
    .-= Ann Foreman´s last blog ..What would you most like to see articles about on TeachingEnglish =-.

  3. Tefl Jobs London

    Good luck with the project!

    A shame you got robbed. Just about every trip to Barcelona I hear about contains some kind of theft/mugging story, including my own.

  4. Saeed Mubarak

    “The aim of the project is to enable the language teachers to use online social networks effectively and help them build their Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). It is a two-year project. During the project’s life”.It sounds a great project .

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