Email Share January 17, 2013 - by Guest Author 227 Email Share “20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network” by Miriam Clifford first appeared on the InfomED blog. Networking is a prime form of 21 st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology.
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I have read some very thought-provoking posts and associated commentary over the past couple of weeks focusing on how particular educators use social media. What I have found interesting is the powerful opinions as to how one should use social media. I think it is great that so many people have focused opinions on what social media should, could, or should not be with a considerable emphasis on specific do's and dont's. These specific methods and techniques work for them and it is important that all of us have some sense as to the why and how when it comes to our own social media use. It is these opinions that always force me to reflect on my own use, objectives, and goals. Image credit: http://www.somema.org/the-10-ds-of-creating-a-social-media-use-policy/ A Principal's Reflections: The Right Way is Your Way
20 Ways To Improve Your Professional Learning Network In 2013 Networking is a prime form of 21 st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise. Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.”
Network or Perish I know, a bit of a harsh title for this post but I got your attention… Seriously though, networking has for the most part always been important to being successful in whatever you pursue. I think technology though has significantly amplified the importance of networking.
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere.
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When it comes to education reform, there are in general two major camps, but there are also several variations of each. The first camp would like to blow up the system and start all over. The other camp wants to continue the status quo while working to change it in directions governed by whatever dominant force of change has the ear of the public at the time. I find my own inclinations falling somewhere between the two camps. I want to blow some stuff up while improving upon some existing stuff. Like most educators, or any people with a basic understanding of authentic assessment, I do want to blow up any notion or hint of compliance with high stakes, standardized testing. PD: How do educators get to know what they don’t know? SmartBlogs
10 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Self-Education You probably think that social networks are for fun only. Sure, you can spend hours commenting on friend’ photos or participating in FB discussions. Social networks are definitely fun. They were initially created as sites to have fun and get together with people. However, this socialization soon impacted all spheres of human life, including business and education.
As many school administrators are enjoying their summer break, we all tend to think of ways that we can make our school better in the upcoming year. Often, I point school principals and district leaders to a powerful post by Will Richardson (1) that helps us point the finger right at ourselves when we are looking to push our school ahead. Richardson states: "Meaningful change ain't gonna happen for our kids if we're not willing to invest in it for ourselves first.
doug - off the record Recently, I wrote a series of posts about Professional Learning with Social Media. It was inspired by comments from @tk1ng about conversations that he had with young teachers during a summer Additional Qualifications course. I’m going to use this post to put them all together. I’m hoping that the totality of the comments makes sense and that, perhaps, at least one of Tim’s co-learners stumbles on this blog post and reconsiders. I absolutely read every comment that’s posted to this blog. Often, it allows me to extend the conversation.
21st Century PLNs for School Leaders cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by krossbow I have to admit that I was pretty excited to write my first post for the Edutopia group that has a great list of educators sharing some of their best practices. I wanted to share the piece in my own learning space, but you can see the original article posted on the Edutopia site .
On social networks, you ARE your photo. Your image is important! The photo you choose to represent you says a great deal about who you are as an individual. It is your personal brand. I love meeting people in person at conferences or cocktail parties and then connecting with them on social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Sometimes I search people out and connect and other times they find me. Friending cats and following eggs: On social networks you ARE your photo
My daughter Abby (with the Mac) and my niece Ashley Once a week, a new to-do pops up on my productivity software client that alerts me that it’s time to do a blog entry. Most of the time I admire the line and proceed to complete a dozen other tasks that, if not completed, will affect my job performance. Yet, I am fully aware that I am a part-time Web 2.0 evangelist like many of you. 5 Reasons Educators Should Blog
Asking Questions In Social Media – Key To Building Relationships At the age of seventeen, my first mentor in business was Nic Knievel , Bob (or Evel Knievel’s) brother. Nic became like a second father to me and largely made me what I am today in business. The amount of respect I have for him, his sales ability and the many things he taught me can’t be easily outlined in a blog post.
Act One. The scene is a large conference room. Laptops and iPads litter the tables that stretch from one end of the room to the other. Black power cords snake vine-like over and around the men and women in numerous chairs. Opening the Curtain on Lurking
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