Grow your understanding of Indigenous issues by developing an educator PLN

KeyboardIt may seem bizzare that a blog devoted to talking about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives would have its second post about PLNs, but perhaps we won’t do things in an expected way.

At the Critical Classroom, we’re interested in constantly driving learning from teachers and students. The most curious teachers are the most exciting ones. If you’re curious in one knowledge area, then perhaps you’re curious in others. But being curious is pretty boring when you’re doing it on your own. It’s much more interesting to be part of a team, working collaboratively to grow group knowledge.

It’s been around for a while now, but the concept of a Personal Learning Network for educators is a strong one. Having a PLN is a way for your to work asynchronously (ie. not at the same time and perhaps not in the same place) to develop and further knowledge and understanding. Today, there are technologies that make a PLN much more achievable for educators from all over Australia.

Some of the most exciting Australian educators who use online technology as part of their teaching (and reflection on teaching) include:

As you work to develop your Personal Learning Network, you can also seek to follow and engage with a diversity of Indigenous people online. The following people* provide useful links and resources on Indigenous issues:

  • IndigenousX – a rotation curation account on Twitter
  • Luke L Pearson – founder of Indigenous and Koori educator
  • Anita Heiss – Koori author, writer, educator
  • Deadly Bloggers – a directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who blog
  • Aboriginal English – an Aboriginal educator looking at language and linguistics
  • The Koori Woman – Koori feminist, educator and social media provocateur
  • Dr Sandra Phillips – Murri academic specialising in Creative Industries, specialist in Indigenous literature and publishing.

Twitter of course, is one medium. We also recommend developing your own site using a blog or wiki platform. These platforms give you much more space to experiment with ideas and to share resources.

For more information on developing a PLN, see

* Note: the above accounts are people too. They’re not paid to educate teachers, nor should they be made to feel responsible for educating others. These accounts can be followed, and most of blogs associated with them, that we recommend you read. 

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