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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online

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. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible. Tips & Ideas Get started developing your social media PLN with these tips and ideas for great ways to make use of social tools. Actively make ties : It’s not enough to just follow and read, you need to connect. Guides Tools & Resources Want to really make the most of your PLN?

Educators: Embrace Social Media What is up with teacher development and the fear of social media? So many educators are soaring into the next advent of learning, while others continue to lecture and talk at the kids, avoiding the digital tools that are so readily available. Yesterday, in a passing conversation discussing sharing of great resources, I asked a colleague if they knew what a PLN is? ”Huh?” she said. My world has become immersed in Twitter; I find it to be one of the single most important tools in my own daily professional development. I’d like to mention some of my educationally revered friends and give them a little plug since they have helped me grow. Now, don’t get me wrong… my friends on Twitter are more like colleagues. 25 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Twitter by Jeff Dunn (just posted yesterday so we must have had some mental telepathy going on.) the founder of Edudemic, states that, Twitter may very well be the single most important tool for teachers right now. Here’s what I think:

Rakenna oma henkilökohtainen oppimisverkosto (PLN). Alustana Twitter. Monet sosiaalisessa mediassa toimivat kokevat, että heidän osaamisensa kehittymisessä yhä keskeisempään rooliin ovat nousseet sosiaalisetverkostot – oman alan asiantuntijat, jotka jakavat, suodattavat ja julkaisevat alan viimeisintä tietoa verkossa. Lähes joka alalta löytyy nykyisin vaikuttajia (”thought leaders”), jotka jakavat blogissaan näkemyksiään, tviittaavat alan uutisia, linkittävät hyödyllisiin resursseihin ja parhaisiin käytäntöihin. Mikä on saanut asiantuntijat kilpailemaan siitä, kuka jakaa eniten? Yksi syy lienee se, että muille hyödyksi oleminen palkitsee Google -näkyvyytenä, ”pöhinänä” sosiaalisessa mediassa ja niiden myötä lopulta ehkä myös parempina työtilaisuuksina. Vaikka bloggaaminen ei olisi oma juttusi, niin verkostojen avuliaisuudesta kannattaa ainakin ottaa hyöty irti. Henkilökohtainen oppimisverkosto (Personal Learning Network, PLN) Henkilökohtaiset oppimisverkostot (PLN) ovat toisaalta jotain hyvin tuttua, toisaalta monille uusi ajatus. Vapaus valita oma rooli

How To Create a ‘Personal Learning Environment’ to Stay Relevant in 2013 “Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience…has created not only promising changes but also disruptive moments in teaching.” EDUCAUSE Review, 2012 This quote from Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education (Bass, 2012), gives a good a reason as any for educators to develop a Personal learning Environment [PLE]; a space where we can keep up with the experimental modes of learning, instruction, changing pedagogy and instructional methods that surfaced in 2012. In a previous post I introduced the concept of PLEs and touched on why educators may want to consider developing a PLE for 2013. Three Reasons Why Educators Need a PLEEducation is in a phase of disruption (not news to anyone)—and it’s not just a blip or a bump, but is what Harvard professor and author Clayton Christenson describes as disruptive innovation.

How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN] This post describes how educators can develop a personal learning network that supports meaningful and relevant learning. The MOOC, Education Technology & Media, etmooc, is used here as a working example of how to develop a PLN. “My Personal Learning Network is the key to keeping me up-to-date with all the changes that are happening in education and how technology can best support and engage today’s students.” Brian Metcalfe: teacher, blogger at A visual image of participants in an open, online course- etmooc, which shows the potential to find and create personal connections as part of one’s PLN. I wrote a post recently about how to develop a personal learning environment [PLE], the need and benefits of doing so, for educators in particular. What is a PLN? Twitter 6×6 (Photo credit: Steve Woolf) Logo for etmooc from In the etmooc we are primarily using Google+ Community , Blackboard Collaborate and Twitter to interact. Resources Like this: Like Loading...

Paras tapa oppia yksilöllisesti: PLE | Sometek - oppiminen ja työ 2.0 Verkko-opiskelun keskeinen lupaus on yksilöllisyyden lisääntyminen. Siihen kuuluvat mm. henkilökohtaiset oppimispolut, opiskelu omaan tahtiin ja itse valituilla välineillä. Kaikkein aidoimmillaan yksilöllisyys toteutuu henkilökohtaisissa oppimisympäristöissä (PLE = Personal Learning Environment) ja -oppimisverkostoissa (PLN = Personal Learning Network). Standardoidun opetuksen loppu Personalized Learning Foundation on yksi yksilöllisen oppimisen äänitorvi. Tuotantolinja vai räätälöity oppimiskokemus? Sellainen standardisoitu ja tehdasmaiseksikin luonnehdittu opetus, jossa kaikki oppijat saavat samat materiaalit, vastaavat samoihin kysymyksiin, ja suljetaan samaan tilaan asiantuntijaopettajan hallinnoimaa tietoa pänttäämään, on tullut tiensä päähän. 1900 -luvulla tällainen ”tuotantolinja” saattoi vielä toimia, mutta nykyisen työelämän haasteisiin se ei enää valmista. Knowmad luo oman polkunsa Mikä ihmeen PLE? Lopuksi vielä muutama sana omasta PLE:stäni. PLE vs LMS Tekemisen meininkiä!

Teacher Tutorial on Creating Personal Learning Network Creating your PLN is easier than you might even thought. Most of you are already familiar with some social media platforms such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Diigo, LinkedIn, but do you really know how to use them to create a personal learning network ? We have several guides to walk you through all the tips and tricks you need to know to start a powerful PLN. Check them out and share with us your feedback. The Importancre of PLNs in Education Watch this excellent video to learn about the importance of creating a PLN Guides Check out these guides to find out how other educators have used social media and other tools to grow their personal learning networks. Want to really make the most of your PLN?

Personal learning network A personal learning network is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.[1][2] The following is an excerpt from Dryden's and Vos' book on learning networks:[4] "For the first time in history, we know now how to store virtually all humanity's most important information and make it available, almost instantly, in almost any form, to almost anyone on earth. We also know how to do that in great new ways so that people can interact with it , and learn from it." Personal learning networks share a close association with the concept of personal learning environments. Aspects[edit] PLNs are becoming an important part of professional development in several fields with some businesses creating their own e-learning content and PLEs for their employees.

4 (and Half) Things to Avoid in Your Personal Statement | The Puzzle Image credit: iStockphoto For many job-seekers, there is one piece of their candidate file that plagues and puzzles: the Personal Statement. The guidelines we provide for this document are deliberately open-ended because, of all of your materials, these 1-2 pages of your file should be the ones that follow no template. While what you write is up to you, here are 4 (and a half) things to avoid in your personal statement. 1. You’ve spent a couple of years learning all about 21st century curricula, flipped classrooms, and the history of education, and you have a perfectly crafted, uber-academic teaching philosophy that you’re tempted to copy-and-paste. When discussing your pedagogical approach to teaching, be cautious: you don’t want industry buzzwords and others’ opinions to overshadow your own experience-based insights. Plus, you’ve already provided copies of your academic transcripts, which include coursework. 2. It sounds counter-intuitive—it is a personal statement, after all. 3. 4.

Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators Editor's Note: Connected Educator Month (CEM) was launched by the Department of Education in August 2012, and this year, it's being held in October. This post from Lisa Dabbs is a great primer for becoming a connected educator, and it's a must-read for CEM. (Updated 10/2013) This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S. and globally will have opportunities to connect themselves and their communities, online and in-person, to support their professional practice. While the idea of being or becoming a connected educator is important, as a new teacher, this may seem completely overwhelming. Having said that, I'd like to chunk this Connected Educator Learning Month opportunity into five educator "Be-Attitudes" that might be easier for a new or pre-service teacher to embrace. Be sure to read each one and give us some feedback. What is Web 2.0?