Networked Professionals

The Physics Community in Scotland has evolved a network which bridges the enthusiasm and currency of recently qualified physics teachers with the experience and wisdom of the mandarins of Scottish Physics. The online network is in two parts: the first is a text-based emailing list set up and maintained by the Institute of Physics, known as SPUTNIK. The acronym comes from the list’s original name, the Scottish PTNC. PTNC is the English equivalent, the Physics Teachers Network and Comments (list). Sputnik is itself a part of the network of support for teachers operated by the IoP across the UK and Ireland.

The advantages of SPUTNIK and similar lists include lightweight and rapid communication, allowing the collective wisdom of list members to be accessed very quickly. No attachments or embedded images mean no risk of viruses, no bloated inboxes and no problems with delivery. It just works. One measure of success…

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