I've decided that it is time to be regularly updating my blog, and not just with summer learning expeditions, but current ones as well. This evening I spent some time with Steve Hargadon and others on Elluminate via LearnCentral.org, an incredible website that has the potential to create PLCs (professional learning communities) around the world in a virtual capacity. LearnCentral hosts a sort of social network (i.e. Facebook) for educators, allowing them to connect on a professional level to discuss a topic that needs discussing...for example, middle school Social Studies. Elluminate has hooked up with LearnCentral to allow members to host virtual sessions based on the topic of choice (it must be open to the public and recorded for archiving). The potential for leveraging collective knowledge, expertise, and best practices in an easy-to-use forum is amazing. Now, the mission is just to get the word out. The idea has gotten me very excited; I've never before seen such a user-friendly, high-functioning piece of easily-accessed technology.