ptec on Facebook!


Yes, ptec is now on Facebook and has its own page. It’s exciting to be starting in December, the month at the end of the old year and in anticipation of all the coming winter holidays. We could not really wait till the ‘official’ beginning of the calendar and decided to move forward with this simple idea now.

This post is a brief Question and Answer series, helping both ourselves and our readers to see why we are on Facebook and what we are planning to share. Also, your input/advice/suggestions are very very welcome!

Q1 What is ptec?

A1The letters originally stand for Pioneer Training and Education Consortium. This is still true, although the word ‘consortium’ might seem a little too formal and even distant. We are now seeing the letter ‘C’ as collection, consulting and collaboration, and these ingredients contribute to our Consortium.

Q2 Who is the ptec Facebook page for?

A2 We think it is a meeting point for anyone who is teaching — our audience might include classroom teachers, homeroom teachers, those who work with kids or adults, and even those who teach… teachers. We are hoping to build a ‘as a one stop location’ for professional development ideas, references, links, chats and brainstorming sessions. ptec members and guests are planning to share their choices, solutions, questions and answers.

Q3 How is ptec Facebook page special? Why do we think it will be/can be helpful for teachers?

A3 It will help us create a less formal and more mobile idea hub (than a blog or site, for example) and ‘activity bank’ for teachers. We see it as a chance to start something new** together internationally/globally.

**Note: instead of ‘new’, we can insert other adjectives, for example, unexpected, spontaneous, creative, collaborative, etc.

Q4 What is ptec Facebook page planning to post and share?

A4 The list below is a result of our brainstorm session using Skype and e-mals. We hope it grows with your help and contributions!

  • teaching resources, sites, blogs and blog posts

  • ptec members’ short posts (longer than tweets but shorter than ‘real’ posts)

  • invitations to possible group projects

  • ptec/ptec members’ blog postings notifications

  • activity share, especially more ‘universal’ activities that are or can be open to many modifications and contexts, such as various levels of learners, language levels, ages of students, maybe even subjects, etc.?

  • attempting to start discussions between members – as a possible basis for posts and/or other collaborative projects

  • asking for advice

  • sharing a quote and/or a question

  • sharing a paragraph from a book/article we are reading

  • various announcements

  • … (to be continued!)


Q5 Why do/will we ‘like’ other pages on behalf of ptec?

A5 We do so because we think that we value the same beliefs in or about education; because we either worked together already, or would like to start a partnership in the future; because we think these organizations are already doing a lot in the field of education and we would like to recommend our followers to join them.

Well, that’s about it now. Please add more questions, share your comments and thoughts. More importantly, however, please come and visit ptec on Facebook!

posted by Zhenya

We look forward to hearing from you.

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