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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN

How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN
For many people, Twitter conjures up the worst of the internet: disjointed, meaningless phrases, unrecognizable abbreviations, and endless drivel about where someone's getting their double mocha today. So, Why Tweet?!?! For the inquisitive educator, there are some jewels herein that can lead to stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. You just have to know where to look. To that end, here is a list of educationally focused chats that we recommend (listed by day): Chat for educators teaching 4th grade #4thchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT/7pm CT Chat for educators teaching social studies #sschat Mondays 7pm ET/4pm PT/6pm CT Chat for music educators #musedchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT Chat for ELL educators #ellchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT Kindergarten Chat #kinderchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT General education chat #edchat Tuesdays 12 noon ET/ 9am PT 7pm ET/4pm PT Chat for science educators #scichat Tuesdays 9pm ET/6pm PT Chat for arts educators #artsed Thursdays 7pm ET/4pm PT

3 Tools to Turn your Tweets into A Newspaper Creating e-magazines and newspaper is no longer a job of only high tech guys but anyone with the rudimentary knowledge of internet surfing can now set up and run his/her own e-magazine in a matter of minutes. You want a proof ? check out these tools we have previously posted for teachers and that let them create newspapers for their students. How about creating a magazine from the tweets you share on Twitter and also from what your followers share ? MyNotes: Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities Source: Print Article: Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities MyNotes: One Sentence Summary: The focus of PLCs is ongoing “job-embedded learning,” emphasizing teacher leadership, active involvement and deep commitment to school improvement methods dependent on schools that embrace a culture that supports collaboration, an objective view of their efforts, and share beliefs/behaviors. Quotes: The focus of PLCs is ongoing “job-embedded learning,” rather than one-shot professional development sessions facilitated by outsiders, who have little accountability regarding whether staff learning is successfully applied.PLCs emphasize teacher leadership, along with their active involvement and deep commitment to school improvement efforts. Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients.

Learning in a Connected World I have recently joined the open section of #MSLOC 430 - a graduate course in the Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. This is the first week and I am absolutely looking forward to exploring the topics, learning from the other participants and participating in exciting conversations. The four topics we are planning to deep dive into in the first two weeks are: a) Networked learning, b) Personal Learning Networks, c) MOOCs, and d) Communities of Inquiry. These are all areas of interest for me, and my hope and plan is to find (make) sufficient time to explore each of these in depth. Given that I have been writing about PLNs and MOOCs for some time now, I thought I would delve a bit deeper into the importance of building PLNs in this post.

Why I’m Building My PLN (and why you should too!) and Your Friday Finds I always viewed Twitter as another way to learn pointless information about people. I remember when I first created a Twitter account in 2011, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t understand why people would make random statements in 140 characters… or why I would “follow” someone that would tell me what they were eating on a regular basis. I could find all of that information out from Facebook, and I didn’t want to manage two accounts that regularly sucked me into a black hole of wasted time. Twitter Tips: How to Filter the Noise Once you start following a good number of people, you may find that it’s difficult to keep up with your Twitter feed, as there are so many tweets happening all at once. Rarely can someone read all the tweets of several hundred or even thousands of people all at once. There is just too much “noise” happening.

Twitter education chats: An astonishing source of professional development I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats! Social Media Strategy: 13 Twitter Tips to Manage Your Community Social Media Strategy: 13 Twitter Tips to Manage Your Community Posted by Bill Faeth on Sat, May 26, 2012 @ 10:00 AM Managing your community on Twitter is really about managing yourself and how you engage your community while also monitoring and engaging people who are talking about you or your business. Treat your community like a Kindergarten teacher would treat her students. Engage with them.

The Connected Classroom - SocialNetworking Social Bookmarking: for sharing resources Personal Networking present information to them in a language they understandfacebook Professional Networking Sites Ning 4 Tools to Find Who to Follow on Twitter Twitter is definitely a great conversational tool but until you start following others,it is just a blank boring page. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has shared several tips on how to find other like-minded tweeters and how to build your own community. Of course we are talking here about an educational community of teachers and educators. We also featured numerous tools for teachers to use on Twitter. When we talk about Twitter in education, we basically talk about your professional development.

How to build a professional learning community (no matter what job you have) - Daily Genius Let’s say you have a solid job that lets you have a great work-life balance. You get to do something you enjoy, have job security, and can take care of your family / self. Whatever that job is, you probably have it in the back of your mind that it might be worth … at some point … trying to get ahead.