5 Do's and Don'ts for Expanding Your PLN as a Teacher. A professional learning network involves making connections and building personal relationships with other educators around the world for the purposes of sharing ideas, resources, and voicing educational concerns. When you have your own PLN, you are in touch with other teachers just like yourself around the clock. What’s more, you are constantly learning and becoming exposed to new practices to revolutionize the way you educate. Keep in mind these 5 best and worst practices for expanding your PLN. Do’s of Building a Professional Learning Network 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Don’ts of Building a Professional Learning Network 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
There you are—10 tips to guide you in developing a strong and effective professional learning network. Becoming Connected Is Easier Now More Than Ever. This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Across the globe educators just wrapped up celebrating Connected Educators Month. During October the focus was on helping all educators, everywhere, understand the importance of being connected to one another and an examination of all the ways to make that happen. It's always a fun month filled with book clubs, webinars, chats and conversations. My one complaint with Connected Educators Month is that it's just a focus for a month. Being a Connected Educator can't be something we push once a month or for a week here and there. As Tom Whitby and I point out in our book, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning (Corwin, 2014) we believe there are 8 things all Relevant, Connected Educators do: These Tenets of being a Relevant, Connected Educator should be embraced by all in the teaching profession.
Apps like Flipboard curate the web and find the content that you want to see. Why Twitter is a Teacher's Best Friend. As a beginning teacher, there were times in the classroom when I was so steeped in day-to-day routines that I isolated myself from the rest of the world. The daily grind kept me just at the surface, wondering if I was ever going to get it under control. I was stuck. Not moving forward. I wish I had Twitter back then. Nowadays, teachers are discovering the amazing benefits of using Twitter. There are 2 categories of reasons why Twitter can be a teacher’s best friend: personal reasons and teaching reasons.
Personal Reasons Probably the easiest use of Twitter, before you even start following people, is the hashtag (#). Find a working hashtag after a little trial-and-error, or use one recommended by websites or colleagues. I like to look for links to articles. Bit.ly (Bitly)goo.gl (Google)ow.ly (Hootsuite)t.co (Twitter)TinyURL (Gilby)Tr.im (Gravity4) Notice who’s posting the best relevant material, and then follow them. Teaching Reasons source: leadlearner.ca. PWP – Personal Web Presence. I have heard educators say they do not want to be on the Internet. The do not make Facebook accounts, Tweet or do other things to have a presence on the web. We are on the Internet whether we want to be or not. Who do you want to write the story of what people see when they search you, and people ARE searching you. Steve Hargadon and myself have been working on the idea of a PWP – Personal Web Presence.
Your Personal Web Presence (PWP) is the message you want to convey with your online presence. What you are passionate about and being intentional about that coming across in your web presence. Having your own site that tells about you builds credibility for you around your passion. One way to establish a strong PWP is to brand yourself with a web address that reflects you. Your PWP is not the only piece of your Personal Web Presence. Beyond My PWP Beyond my website I participate in other places under my brand of “Alice Keeler.” The first results are my PWP (blog) and my Twitter presence. Get Connected - SLAV - Google Slides. Get connected with Google+ Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies. © 2010 Howard Rheingold. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License ( EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 5 (September/October 2010): 14–24 Howard Rheingold (email@example.com) is the author of Tools For Thought, The Virtual Community, Smart Mobs, and other books and is currently lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.
Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link at the bottom of this page. If you were the only person on earth who knew how to use a fishing rod, you would be tremendously empowered. Social media—networked digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and wikis—enable people to socialize, organize, learn, play, and engage in commerce. I focus on five social media literacies: Attention Participation Collaboration Network awareness Critical consumption Attention Attention is also important in the classroom.
Participation Notes. ‘I Link, Therefore I Am’: Network Literacy as a Core Digital Literacy. Social Capital and PLNs: Discovering, Building, and Cultivating Networks of Learners. Curation as a tool for teaching and learning (with images) · hbailie. Going viral | Learn, do, teach... I published my digital essay on Storify on Sunday afternoon and publicised the fact on Twitter and through the subject forums. By Monday night Storify showed that it had had around 50 views. Like me, I imagined most of the other INF530 students were eagerly reading the work of their fellow students as it became available. On Tuesday morning I found this tweet notification Wow, Robin Good is like the content curation guru! Somehow he’d come across my essay and posted it onto his Scoop.it page along with a critique. He gave it 7/10 which I’ll take!
I flicked to the essay and found it had been viewed more than 500 times. More tweets followed: Bec was prompted to send this tweet: By this stage the number of views of my essay was approaching 2000. Right now there have been 3455 views in about three days. I sure hope it is favourably assessed when the time comes. Viral. Communicate and Collaborate Through Social Bookmarking. Flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license One of the challenges when working managing the abundance of knowledge and ideas is how we make sense of it.
Although there is a tendency to rely on Google to recall websites, there is something lost when we hand over the curation process to someone else. Some take the first step of saving links to the favourites in the browser. This works, until our computer crashes and we loose all those links. Maybe the answer is to login to the browser to save add-ons and favourites. However, another means is to use various social bookmarking sites to collect and share various links and ideas. Social bookmarking sites are beneficial as they are stored in the cloud and allow you to store information elsewhere. DIIGO: An acronym for ‘Digest of Internet Information, Groups, and Other’, Diigo allows you to collect everything from images, texts and links, and organise these using tags, outliners and collaborative groups. Like this: Ten Step Program to Being Connected; or Getting Connected for Dummies. Heather Bailie on Pinterest. Log in Home Categories There’s more to see...
The Best Free Resources for Perfecting Your PLN. Professional Learning Networks (PLN) are the lifeblood, the sustainer, the nurturer of the modern digital teacher. No longer do you have to be limited to those professional opportunities that your particular school provides that may or may not pertain to you. You—yes, you—can take control of your professional development! Let’s take some time now to look at some of the finest avenues to turn to when seeking relevant and meaningful support for sharpening your career and craft. These are some of the best tools out there for perfecting your PLN. Twitter While the ubiquitous microblogging website is front and foremost in this area, it’s more of a starting point—a portal, if you will, out into the information ballroom.
The key to following folks on Twitter is to focus on those whom you aspire to emulate. It is a learned skill to be able to devote time to scrolling through hundreds of Tweets to locate information that is important to you. EdWeb.net But you know what? Google+ Communities. Should Every Teacher in the World Really be on Twitter? Top Tips for Using Social Media to Expand Your PLN. Developing a personal learning network (PLN) is a great thing to do and should be thought of as a requirement rather than a preference. One of the best things about a PLN is that you can take advantage of it for many years to come. It involves creating a reciprocal network of people and resources that you can tap into to study or learn about a particular topic.
Once you have developed a PLN, you can use it as a form of support for your career and personal endeavors. If you have found yourself in the middle of creating a PLN, make sure you don’t overlook the many ways in which social media can be of assistance. Here’s a closer look at a few tips for optimizing your PLN using various social media platforms.
First You Have to Join In order to use social media to enhance the creation of your PLN, you’ll first need to join several platforms, especially Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Don’t Overlook Communities and Groups Get Involved in Discussions Make Sure to Use Scoop.it The Takeaway. Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator. In a past post blog I discussed the idea that every educator has a story and that they should share those stories: Educators are doing amazing things with their learners in spite of the standards-based and accountability-driven movements. If all educators publicized the accomplishments they had in their classrooms using technology, hands-on activities, global collaborations, project-based learning; then an informal qualitative research project would result.
When educators are asked to provide evidence of efficacy to administrators, parents, other educators, funding sources, they could share these success stories. This aggregate would become the collective narrative – story of education of our times in the beginnings of the 21st century. ( Sharing takes on many forms. On a personal level, sharing assists the educator in becoming a better educator. Like this: Like Loading... Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips - Getting Smart by Guest Author - edchat, EdTech, PLN. By Dr. Mark Wagner I often begin my workshop on personal learning networks (PLN) for educators by asking these questions: Who is in your learning network? Who do you learn from on a regular basis?
Who do you turn to for your own professional development? Some educators are lucky enough to learn from their coworkers or colleagues at their site. Far too many others feel isolated in their room or office, and need to meet with counterparts from other sites in order to have a professional learning experience. I usually ask these questions at conferences, which are frequently only annual events – and rare treats for many educators. Learning to Network and Networking to Learn 1. 2. 3. 4. Networking Tools and Anecdotes The four tips above are the core activities of building a personal learning network, and they can be applied using various tools to connect with others online. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Final Thoughts 9. 10. Note: I’ve also been writing about this topic for some time. Learning professionally with Google+ Communities. Google educator Kimberley Hall recently presented a full day workshop for School Library Assoc of Victoria. For some delegates it was a glimpse into the possibilities of the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) tool-base, for others it was an opportunity to enhance their existing knowledge with the leadership of a dynamic trainer. Educational institutions, from primary to secondary schools, through to universities, are now using GAFE, so skill in managing the range of tools such as Google Docs, Tables, Presentations and the indispensable Google Forms with confidence is essential. The value lies in streamlining and managing workflows and documentation within the library, plus the ability to be a learning support resource for students.
Ample support material is available online and Google for Education is a good place to start. Google tools range from Docs, to search strategies, to Google maps, Youtube videos and the new Google Photos. How to Connect With Other Teachers in the Social Age. In the 2012 Primary Sources Survey conducted by Scholastic and The Gates Foundation, teacher respondents claimed to spend only about 4% of each day collaborating with colleagues, while 44% of teachers surveyed responded that they would like that collaboration time to increase. Traditionally, the teaching profession has been an isolating one—if you’re not spending every minute at school teaching classes, tutoring during your breaks, or covering someone else’s class, then you’re likely spending that time disciplining, administrating testing, or scrambling to the microwave to reheat leftovers during your 15-minute lunch break.
In addition, as state and district mandates swing from one end of the pendulum to the other, teachers are so completely overwhelmed with trying to follow all of the rules that they are left with no time to develop themselves and their practices. Feeling isolated and crunched for time used to mean that teachers weren’t able to collaborate. In Short. How is “Connected” Connected? As with many words, the word “connected “ can be used for many things. At one point in time “being connected” implied a criminal connection to some sort of organized crime. Being connected has also meant having ties to the higher ups in an organization for the purpose of favors and perks.
The word connection, simply stated, means to be united, or linked. At one point in history for people to connect with each other they had to be face to face. That changed when writing letters was introduced and used on a greater scale to connect many more people. As to the quality of connections, that varies, depending on how connected people really want to be. Now let’s jump to a 21st Century model of education in a Tech-driven culture. The term “connected educator” in this context refers to educators who are exploring or embracing the development of collegial sources and access to all sources through connections made using technology.
Like this: Like Loading... Thing One: Twitter – Learn, do, teach...too. A Good Twitter Visual Guide in Dr. Seuss Style. How Students Benefit From Social Media. Being a Connected Educator: Face to Face. Three Easy Tips for Teachers on Twitter — Bright. Teaching the Teachers, 140 Characters at a Time — Bright. Why educators can't live without social media. Connected Leaders: Engaging School Communities Through Social Media | maelstrom. Social Media Explained (As A City) | Do/Tell. How Google+ is Rethinking Social Media. Terrific Tales of Teachers and Twitter in the Classroom. 10 Social Media Skills for 21st Century Teachers. The Beginner's Guide to Google+