Education and Planet Are Big 2014 Winners
Today, I’m writing about Promethean Planet, an award winning education resource and community, that I passionately and educationally love. It seems by the numbers of followers, almost 2 million, that I’m far from alone. I think we forget how wonderful something is unless someone reminds us. Today, I want to remind educators and everyone of a wonderful education friend and place. Promethean’s Planet is where teachers can upload lessons for other educators, download lessons for themselves, and meet to engage in discussion. Planet is, globally, a community of teachers. For me, the concept of what Planet is essence of education sharing, which is part of the fabric of who we are as educators.
I’m always reminded of a brilliant talk by Lord David Puttnam, whenever I think of Planet, and attempt to share what Planet means to educators. The importance of a place where teachers share and can download lessons is a documented fact. One of the two resources Lord Puttnam refers to in The Future of Learning: Learning Technologies 2013 is Promethean Planet. Please watch The Future of Learning (below) for this and more. I certainly know what Lord Puttnam means when he says people have difficulty understanding, even if they know the facts. You don’t need to breakfast with Sir Ken Robinson to get that!
I’ve been following Promethean Planet since its public beginning in 2006, but wondered about its origin. In trying to research the beginning of Planet, I had a nice chat with Promethean’s Cliff Farrand, Head of Software Systems Operations, who I discovered is really one of Planet’s parents. Cliff built it, so I guess that makes him Planet’s father.
“Planet as a separate entity, away from our marketing sites, started July 4th 2006. Prior to that, the community did exist on the prometheanworld.com websites in 4 languages—with the same forums, resource bank and some editorial. Planet was our first website to be placed on a CMS system. We hoped our CMS would last until we reached the heady heights of 25,000 members, but little were we to know that soon we would be amassing 25,000 members per month! Needless to say the CMS eventually fell over, and we had to replace sooner than we thought,” says Farrand. Today, Planet has close to 2 million members.
Recently, I was extremely pleased to note that Promethean Planet had received another prestigious award. In this age of simple apps, and so often, scattered and confused education thinking, we need direction. It’s pleasing to know that others see the continued importance and brilliance of the education community begun by Promethean and built by teachers from all parts of the planet—and that it is the epitome of education social today. So, Promethean Planet’s SIIA CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators is such a wonderful honor and achievement. Places like Planet need to continue, should be supported, and must continue to grow. It’s an enormous faculty room without boarders or boundaries. As an educator, I’m proud to be a member. If you’re not yet a member, please check out Planet today!
Find out more about Promethean Planet’s CODiE Award.
Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology experience, as well as a blogger on all things education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is a Promethean storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.