It’s out of the Bag... I’ve been working on it for months. The Music Education Professional Learning Network (PLN) is officially in ALPHA state. I’m hoping that this will be the next big thing in bringing together Music Educators and all types of musicians into our ongoing conversation about Education, Music, and Technology. So, from this point-in-time on, you will be seeing things about this PLN popping up here and there in your other “networks”.
I’ve assembled a TEAM of top-flight Music Educators to be part of the Launch Team and we are just now getting to work in hammering-out the customized Music Education PLN. It’s set to go LIVE on July 5th, 2010. It is my hope that this PLN engine will be like no-other that you’ve come across as it will be a highly modified WordPress/BuddyPress engine that I’m custom building to include all types of useful, easy-to-use, integrations. The money has been spent on a very-high end backbone and VPS to make this work and an awful lot of “sweat-equity” -mine and others. It is my full-intention to keep this PLN FREE for as long as I’m “at the helm”. Music Educators don’t need something else to pay for, what we need is better access to better information that doesn’t cost us to get to it…
There will be many more posts coming your way shortly, including an announcement of our MUSIC PLN LAUNCH TEAM members in just a few days. In addition, I will be announcing a couple of dozen slots available in two-to-three-weeks for BETA testers. If you are interested in being a BETA Tester, please contact me directly via the contact-page on MusTech.Net. More information about that will be forthcoming here on MusTech.Net.
As you know, for over five years I’ve actively been trying to get better information on the Internet about Music, Education, and Technology either through things like MusTech.Net, The 100 ME Blogger Project, The Music Education Blog Carnival, Project MUSE, Project PO-EM, MusicEdNews.Com, my work with #MusEdChat, the TWITTER MUSIC educator’s List, the Monday Morning Music Mix, and many other initiatives. This PLN is going to be a continuation of that outreach.
While there are a number of ad-hoc things going on that “many of us are involved in” or “slightly involved in” or “some of us involved in one or another”… there has been little attempt to provide a large enough platform that would integrate many of these things together in a way that still allows all of the others to exist, be independent, and yet provide a home-base of activity for Music Educators actively using the WEB 2.0 platform and applications. This is my ultimate goal for this PLN, not the “taking” over of other great start-ups and ideas, but rather a platform for bringing them all together and building them all through better awareness and concentrated discussions. I believe this goal will be accomplished, or at least -partly accomplished, through this new Website.
Get ready, it’s moving now!